Spring Break: Making of a film

WILMORE, KY—During spring break, March 18-26, a group of about 25 Asbury College students and their professors are producing a short film in Wilmore and surrounding locations. The script was co-written by Asbury College senior Beth Coakley and Jeff Day, assistant professor of theatre at the College.

sbfilm06.jpgThe film, which is currently unnamed, is about a college student who is living in South Africa with his father. When his father dies, he brings him back to the U.S. to bury him. The student spends the rest of the film trying to figure out who he is and what he should do with his life now.

This film, which is the second one produced by the College, will premiere at the High Bridge Film Festival on Asbury College’s campus May 5-6. It can be seen, along with last year’s film, “Stolen Moments” at Reunion in June.

“Jeff asked me if I was interested in co-writing the script with him,” Coakley said. “I really wanted to be involved with the film, but I wasn’t going to be here for spring break, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Screenwriting is something that I want to do when I graduate.”

Coakley, a journalism major, has written several screenplays for class, but this is the first one that has been produced. “It’s cool to see my writing go through production. I have no doubt the media class will do a great job filming.”

The main characters in this film will be played by junior Erin Schumaker, senior Laura Jo Tegge, sophomore Mitchell Colley and senior A.J. Stich.

Over the course of about one month last spring, a group of Asbury College students produced another short film called “Stolen Moments”. Stolen Moments, starring senior Jeremy White, sophomore Becca Harvey and alumnus Carl Spivey ’56, was recognized with three awards.

Stolen Moments received a platinum MarComm Award. This award recognized the film’s ability to communicate ideas dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, as one of the main characters in the film has Alzheimer’s and his grandson is trying to help him hang on to a special memory.

The film won an Aegis award a few weeks ago. One of the oldest and more respected awards, Aegis awards winners are judged by their peers.

Stolen Moments also won a Silver Angel award in the video/DVD category. The recipients of the Gold and Silver Angels are people in any form of the media who have successfully contributed to the advancement of quality in life without the unnecessary need for violence, profanity and sexual content to sell to their audience. Previous Angel Award recipients include Tom Hanks, Diane Sawyer and Bill Cosby.

“It’s really exciting to hear about the various awards that keep coming in,” Jeremy White said. “I’m proud of the film we made. We worked hard, and it is need to see our hard work being recognized. We need Christians in the media industry. This just improves our abilities so that we can create excellent media that glorifies God.”

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