My Students’ Accomplishment

Apple is sponsoring a filmmaking contest in which, at a certain time, specific requirements are posted (the film must show a park bench, use an edit known as a match cut, etc.). Entrants then have 24 hours to make a 3-minute movie. They submit it online, then the world watches it and rates it. Those that rate the best get a laptop and a viewing from Hollywood professionals.

Some of my students did an entry and you’ve got to see it. I’ve posted it below. Get a load of the camera work and the editing. The story is gently satirical about the “sticking it to the Man” and “the Man’s sticking it to me” mentality. It would help them if you would go to the site and give it a rating.

about the contest

the criteria they had to follow

this tells about the students

go here to vote (register with your iTunes or Apple account, if you have one).

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Yes, it is wonderfully done! But I need an explanation here! Just who does the young man in the film think “The Man” is? He seems to be irritated by any little effort required on his part. “The Man” makes him wake up in the morning and get ready for work? “The Man” chains him to a desk each day? Who paid for his nice home, his car, his nice suit, etc. I realize that the film is meant to show a transformation of sort, but I am clueless as to who “Them” are. Is it all of mankind? Help! I need a film seminar now. Is “Them” a reference to how each of us needs to use our talents to wear the mask of God to others? This is very intriguing…

  • Brian

    I chuckled several times. The camera work was done nicely and I really liked the musical score.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Well, this is an affectation today, blaming every kind of “establishment” obligation as due to some ominous power conotrolling everything, “the man.” Giving the score to “Them” means that the character has stopped just thinking about himself all the time.

  • http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com Robert Talbert

    This is what Christian filmmaking really ought to look like. Outstanding.


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