MSA Team Takes 1st in Film Challenge
Short Films Created in One Day During Annual Event
A team of MSA students took first place in the 3rd Annual Film Challenge Saturday, September 30, after a grueling one day event that put Marin County high school filmmakers talents to the test. Ten teams participated in the challenge to write, film, edit and present a short film in within eight hours.
Making the challenge even more daunting, teams were also given three required story elements to incorporate in their films; this year’s elements were bark, the fuzzy cover of a boom mic and a car bumper.
By the end of the day, films ranging from action to comedy were presented to a standing-room only audience in the Performing Arts Center, with the top three entries chosen by a panel of volunteers, faculty and administrators.
My Dearest Joy, shown below, took first place for its fantastical story of an Edwardian-era man lost in present day Novato. Judges sited the creative story line, humor and technical skills as determining factors. The film was created by team members Jade Abreu (MSA, Product Design/Visual Arts, ’19), Dylan Amems (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’18), Austin Kennedy (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’19), Patrick McConnell (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’19), and Mitchell Tanaka (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’18).
In second place, Bartholmew, told the story of a boy who spends the day with his dead cat. It was created by Oliver Everson (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’19), Carson Krone (MSA Cinematic Arts/Instrumental Music, ’19) and Elliot Scheuer (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’20).
In third place, Bozin, follows a teen on a mind-bending journey. It was created by Nik Axelsen (San Domenico High School), Tommy Bentivegna (Marin Catholic High School) Parker Bizhjack (San Domenico High School), Alejandro Lopen (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’20) and Jack McMann (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’20).