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48-Hour Horror Film Project: The Results!

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Westminster College students in the broadcast communications 251 class, along with Doltyn Snedden and Bryan Greig, participated in the Pittsburgh 48-Hour Horror Film Project this semester.

Teams had 48 hours to craft, shoot and edit a short film, beginning on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, where they received details about elements that must be in the movie. They hand delivered the completed movie by 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

Westminster graduate Ted Haynes ’99, co-founder of Confluence Productions in Pittsburgh, visited the class in October, talking about the competition. He has entered the competition at least a dozen times and has won it once.

"You need a great opening shot and an amazing image at the end,” said Haynes. “You also need a solid story and never forget about the importance of lighting and limit your locations.  If you do not, you will run out of time."

The competition was broken up into two teams:

  • The Titan Terror Productions team included Danielle Dindak, Justin Wilson, Charles Harrison, Emiley Westfall, Doltyn Snedden, and Troy Jackson.
  • Westmonster Studios included Brad Kolesar, Rachel Letscher, Marcus Dean, Dylan Mick, Bryan Greig, Thomas Graham, and Connor Hamilton.

View the product of the competition: 

Demo Reel by Westminster Studios: 

Sweet Nothings by Titan Terror Productions: 

This project was a class requirement and the CALL Division graciously covered their registration fees. Students received a grade based on whether they completed the submission and if it met all the requirements.

“This experience moved students forward to the learning outcomes of managing deadlines, working in teams and applying best practices in video production,” said Brad Weaver, lecturer of broadcast communications. Learn more about the project, here