Campus: San Francisco State University -- November 19, 2003
'DV-ants' enter San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project
"Face the music," a 10-minute short film produced by members
of the College of Extended Learning's Digital Video Intensive (DVI)
program, was one of the 22 films submitted as part of the San Francisco
48 Hour Film Project. The project is a competition and festival that
is held in 14 cities worldwide, including New York, Paris and London,
in which filmmaking teams come together for 48 hours to produce a movie-from
Along with the challenge of creating a short film from concept to finished
product in two days, participants had to include three random elements
drawn from a hat: a genre (comedy, drama, film noir, etc.), a character,
and a line of dialogue.
The self-described DV-antsteam began pre-production at their "command
central" in the Presidio even before they drew the genre film noir
and wrote the script. "Face the music" is a story about an
encounter between a street musician and a record label executive.
DVI is a unique track within the College of Extended Learning's Multimedia
Studies program, offering intensive hands-on training in just 15 weeks.
The coursework develops students' skills in cutting-edge digital video
tools and techniques, as well as critical knowledge in aesthetics and
production management. For those interested in quickly developing the
skills for a career change or enhancement, the DVI offers a fast alternative
to traditional film programs.
"I was looking for a vehicle that would give me a thorough overview
of the film industry without having to go back to school for four years,"
says Jay Levine, 61. "DVI is giving me the overview I need so that
I can talk the talk and walk the walk."
Levine, who is board president of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, promotes
musical education in Oakland schools through the outreach program MUSE.
He plans to produce a documentary that will promote music education
as a way to reach out to underserved youth.
For student Bruce McKay, 48, whose interests include science fiction
and comedy improvisation, the DVI is a training ground for creating
independent feature films that combine elements not found in mainstream
"Digital video is free from restrictions, monetary and otherwise,
that celluloid presents to student and pro alike," says McKay.
"I also like the way you can cut, slice, dice, and make julienne
fries out of the footage you shoot."
Payvand Kadivar, 29, sees the program as a logical path for getting
into independent filmmaking quickly. "The program is comprehensive
and covers a wide range of areas in digital video in the least amount
of time," says Kadivar.
For all, participating in the 48 Hour Film Project allows the students
to measure how far they have come in the program, as well as how much
farther they still have to go.
"The project is a perfect opportunity for students to integrate
the skills they are honing during the course of the program," says
Craig Abaya, DVI program director. "It also helps students understand
what areas of movie making they want to improve, how they might maximize
the film's effects better."
Movies produced for the 48 Hour Film Project in a given host city are
screened in local theaters. One production is named the "Best Film"
for that city. The winning film from each city will go up against all
the other "Best Films" to earn the moniker of "Best 48
Hour Film of the Year."
Graduates of the DVI embark on a variety of careers, including making
films for corporations and advertising agencies and working in feature
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