2016 Brain Games Will Be 48-Hour Film Challenge

South by SWAUThe communication department at Southwestern Adventist University is preparing to host the annual Brain Games event for the 2015-2016 school year. Taking place from March 30 to April 1, students from academies throughout the United States will converge on campus to take part in the South by Southwestern, a brand-new 48-hour film challenge. This competition will test their teamwork, creativity and problem-solving skills while creating a short film.

Kyle Portbury, associate professor in the communication department and award-winning film director, views the film festival as “a great way to connect with academy students interested in the arts, particularly in filmmaking.”

Each team will be made of up to six academy students and a Southwestern communication major. These university students will serve as both liaisons and advisors for the teams, and to provide advice for the project. The teams will have two days to shoot, edit and produce their films before they are shown to a jury of professionals and premiered at a red carpet black tie event.

One of the goals of South by Southwestern is to challenge students by presenting them with restrictions to work within while creating a compelling and original narrative story in their film. The group’s genre will be predetermined by a random drawing on Jan. 10, and the film must focus on the theme of redemption and cannot contain any spoken dialogue. The film must also be filmed on smartphones and feature a Texas theme by including an armadillo.

“Films don’t get made by one person, they are made by many. Great stories have many authors” Portbury said. He is excited about the opportunity that this event will give to the students who are involved, and hopes that the teamwork will bring out inspiration and creativity. “It will be an amazing experience that they [the academy students] may never get the opportunity to do again.”

Deadline for entry in South by Southwestern is Jan. 15. To sign up for the event or to ask any logistical questions contact Tina Bottsford, Director of Enrollment, at tinabot@swau.edu or call (800) 433-2240. Questions about the event itself can be directed to Kyle Portbury at k.portbury@swau.edu.

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  1. Charles
    April 03, 05:31 Reply
    Where are the videos uploaded to on YouTube?

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