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Guerilla Film Challenge tests student filmmakers

Six students submitted short movies to be judged, chance to win $400 prize, GoPro

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“Get Bicked,” a stoney comedy, won the Guerilla Film Challenge. Director Luke Pascoe received a $400 prize.

“Get Bicked,” a stoney comedy, won the Guerilla Film Challenge. Director Luke Pascoe received a $400 prize.

Courtesy of Luke Pascoe

Courtesy of Luke Pascoe

“Get Bicked,” a stoney comedy, won the Guerilla Film Challenge. Director Luke Pascoe received a $400 prize.

BRYCE CHAPMAN, Evergreen columnist

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Art is often expressed through song, dance, and, of course, cinema. Film is an artform like no other — it displays movement, sound and image to create a product that is personal and meaningful in today’s digital age.

The Student Entertainment Board presented the “Guerrilla Film Challenge” on Monday. The challenge was to make a short movie in only 48 hours, while using a prop and a line of dialog that SEB staff chose.

The chosen line to appear in each film was, “You almost made me drop my croissant,” and all of the filmmakers utilized a frying pan in their short movie.

Each group chose a movie genre from a list and then went on to create unique masterpieces. Seven films were played: six new films and last year’s winner.

SEB Director of Spotlight Justin Petretto said that Mom’s Weekend presented a roadblock for many filmmakers. Even though 10 groups entered the competition initially, he said the final six created amazing content, and he is proud of the work displayed.

Petretto said that film is an important platform for student artists, and this competition gives them a chance to make their own short film.

“This gives them an opportunity to be open and creative,” he said. “They really are challenged by having to create this project in such a short time, but that brings out their true talent when it comes to filmmaking.”

The first film, “I Just Love Pasta,” was a humorous movie about a serial killer on the loose, and one student who had a very close connection with, you guessed it, pasta. The end presented an unexpected twist.

“No Mistakes,” was an intense gangster thriller with a mix of action, storytelling and comedy. This film’s soundtrack was an awesome cherry on top.

A superhero mockumentary, “Hero’s for Hire,” is gut-busting comedy, which was one of my personal favorites.

Next, “The Wild West,” mirrored a western with hints of sci-fi. The creative collaboration presented an unpredictable ending.

“Get Bicked,” provided comedy perfect for people looking for a laugh on 4/20. The stoner-spy flick made me think of James Bond at a dispensary, which was something I didn’t know I needed in my life.

“She Took His Heart, But He Took Her Brain,” was as crazy as its title. It was the first zombie musical I’ve ever seen, and now I don’t want it to be the last. The movie also had the best love story of the night, besides the guy with his pasta.

I had a blast watching all these films. After they were all shown, I caught up with some of the directors and stars.

I first spoke with Lauren Prasanna and Justin Spinnie, the stars of “She Took His Heart, but He Took Her Brain.” Prasanna said making this movie was a great experience for her. Spinnie said he loves creating content, no matter what that content is.

“I think it is definitely important to have events like this,” Spinnie said. “It encourages creativity and group bonding at the same time.”

Director of “Get Bicked,” Luke Pascoe talked about how Mom’s Weekend hindered his making of the film. He said he had to pull an all-nighter editing the movie. After it was all over, he said all the stress was worth it.

Pascoe and the creators of “Get Bicked,” won first place and brought home a $400 prize.

“For me, it’s just an absolute blast from start to finish,” Pascoe said. “Even though editing is hard and tedious, it’s worth it because at the end, it’s something you created.”

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