Moving Pictures Screenings This Weekend

May 25, 2012 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Last minute work continues on the Moving Pictures Department student films to be screened this weekend at Idyllwild Arts.

One of those films, “Life After Death”, by Armani Rodriguez ‘14, is a film that has required the creation of hundreds of “zombies”. The film received special assistance from L.A.-based special effects company, LookFX, who offered their services to create the detailed “zombie” scenes.

Look FX is a company responsible for special effects work behind blockbusters such as Avatar, The King’s Speech, Precious, the Avengers and others. Derek Bird, a digital supervisor at LookFX worked with Idyllwild Arts students to stage the scenes on a green screen. In one scene, a group of six zombies is replicated into hundreds more by LookFX. All told, LookFX worked pro bono on four different shots for the film.

Angelo DiMarco filming a scene

“We are so fortunate to have access to leading entertainment companies in Hollywood. I don’t know of any other school in the nation where students have the opportunity to work with the masters of the craft they themselves aspire to become”, said Marek Pramuka, the Dean of Admission at Idyllwild Arts.

Isaac Webb, Moving Pictures Chairs, discussed what a great opportunity it was to work with a professional company like LookFX on “Life After Death”. Through a mutual friend, the relationship with LookFX was established and they eagerly engaged with how they could assist with Armani’s zombie flick “Life After Death”.

LookFX also invited the student filmmakers and faculty to their studios where they educated them on the various software and roles that it takes to produce special effects. Isaac said that it was an invaluable education experience for the students and that he couldn’t be more thankful for their generosity. Isaac further said “LookFX truly prioritized Armani’s project and put it into their production schedule. They worked well over 5-6 days to shoot and produce the effects for the film. We can’t thank them enough”. LookFX has expressed an interest in working on future projects with Idyllwild Arts’ Moving Pictures department and we look forward to continuing that relationship.

In addition to “Life After Death”, the Moving Pictures department will be screening two short documentaries by alumni Luke Sherman ’11 and Sean Stromsoe ’09. Theaw documentaries were funded through a grant by the Arts Enterprise Laboratory (AEL). Through the grant, Sean & Luke, along with Idyllwild Arts Moving Pictures faculty Ira Abrams, traveled to Ethiopia with the Tropical Health Alliance to produced several short documentaries.

Another documentary by Katherine Kearns ‘13 entitled “A Family Like Mine” will be screened as well. In this documentary, Katherine explores her family situation of being raised by a gay father and discusses with others their experience of being raised in a gay household. This is a deeply intimate and honest documentary for Katherine and a complete labor of love on her part.

Other narrative films have also been produced as part of the film program. The audience will have an opportunity to see Gabrielle DiMarco’s “12 screenplay for “The Wingman” starring alumni Russell Bomgardner ‘10 & Connor Farrell ’11 and “Love Without End” by Ziquing “Rosie” Xu ‘13  .

The Moving Pictures Screenings will take place at the IAF Theatre on Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 at 7:30pm.

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