NORMAN — Moore Norman Technology Center's digital video production and graphic design classes will host the fifth annual Red Carpet Film Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
The film festival promotes the expanding film community in Oklahoma and energizes the students' creative spirit, said instructor Amy Smith.
The 10 short films to be shown are the culmination of students' work from the digital video production and graphic design classes.
Films to be showcased during the event are “Escape,” “Waiting on Resiak,” “The Waiter,” “Helpless,” “Limited Time,” “Small Secrets Among Friends,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “The Order,” “Meet Mike” and “Secret Underground.”
Students complete a capstone course during their second year of instruction. Digital video production students write, shoot, direct and edit short films while graphic design students work as an advertising agency producing movie posters, DVD boxes, invitations and other print support materials for the event.
Digital video production instructors Smith and Joe Magrini said their students developed, wrote and pitched their short film ideas to a panel of local film professionals in October.
During the remainder of the fall semester they cast and shot the short films. This semester the students completed postproduction.
“Our students follow the production process in a very real-world way. With the Red Carpet Film Festival we create a capstone experience for our students that goes beyond any normal classroom assignment,” Smith said.
Graphic design instructor Trisha Marlow said her students pitched their movie poster designs to a panel of graphic designers at an open house event in January. The judges provided feedback while also selecting the posters that were then presented to the student directors for the film projects.
Students from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma provided original scores and sound design for the movies.
Chris Freihofer with Freihofer Casting worked with the digital video production students to help them learn the casting process. Freihofer Casting held an open casting call to find local talent for the movies.
In addition to the feature films, the festival will showcase shorts based on four provided titles, which were produced by first-year digital video production students.
Film festival tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance because of limited seating. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the Moore Norman Technology Center's Franklin Road campus or by calling 364-5763, ext. 4120.
For more information or to view movie trailers and posters, go to www.redcarpetfilmfest.webs.com.