GSU Film Club heads to France for international film festival
By Matt Sowell and Lauren Gorla
STATESBORO, Ga.- Film students in college might not believe an email from the Cannes Film Festival asking them to screen two short films on an international stage. At least, Tahir Daudier didn’t believe it.
Daudier received the email while sitting in class on a normal day and it wasn’t until his professor explained to him that the email was real that the enormity of the accomplishment set in.
Four members of Georgia Southern University’s Film Club are heading to Cannes, France to present two short films at the international film festival.
Daudier, the vice president of Film Club, explained that the club participated in a competition called Campus Movie Fest where crews had one week to complete a film. His crew created three films during the competition, two of which went to the national level.
Those same two films are now headed to the international level, which will be held in Cannes, France, on May 9, 2016.
The first film, named “For a Moment,” follows a couple going through the trials of a relationship and is more romantic. The second film, “For Him,” is a darker piece about a man trying to find his husband with stronger themes of brutality.
Daudier said that the films will be screened in the short film corner. He explained that they are going to network and attempt to work some distribution deals and future careers, an opportunity most film majors don’t get before graduating.
Back at GSU
Brandon Warnock, the social media manager of the club, said that the group is currently in the pre-production stages of making another film.
“We train people to get experiences on set,” said Warnock. “We do these little challenges and critique each other’s work.”
He explained that one of their tactics to making short films utilizes the social media app Instagram.
Members are given fifteen minutes to create a fifteen second clip and post it on the app. From there, the group will critique the clips. Warnock said that it’s exercises like this that lead to making a short film.
When the club members are not working on short films, they’re making media for various groups on campus. Warnock said that they have done anything from campaign ads to music videos.
“It separates the weak from the strong” said Daudier about the group. “It takes a lot of time and dedication, some people don’t really understand that until it’s 4:00 in the morning and we’re filming.”
Having film students participate in real movies and real sets early on in their college careers sets them ahead of their peers, preparing them for the film industry after college, Daudier said.
Film Club meets every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. until; 8:30 p.m. Inquire about joining by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Any student from any year or major is welcome to join.
Photo/Audio by Chelsea Davis
Location of Where Film
Film Club meets every Thursday at 6:30 pm in Sanford Hall. This is the place they do most of their filming and editing.
Map by Chelsea Davis