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Theatre students enter international film contest

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Georgia College senior Drew Godsey untangles a wad of yarn across campus in hopes of connecting with his love interest on the other side of a tin can phone.

The mass communication major and Drew Godsey unravels tin can string while local cinematographer Tom Wise prepares to video the contest entry.Drew Godsey unravels tin can string while local cinematographer Tom Wise prepares to video the contest minor acts out “communication confusion” as part of an AT&T commercial for this year’s 59th annual Cannes Lions Film Festival video contest.

The grand prize: $8,000 cash and a round trip for two to Cannes, France, during the festival’s annual June 17 through June 23 event.

“I’m trying to call my date, classmate Anna Fontaine, but the call doesn’t go through,” said Godsey of Atlanta. “I check the string, and the problem is a giant knot.”

Godsey along with theatre classmates in Dr. Amy Pinney’s Acting for Film course submitted one- to three-minute themed films to the festival’s popular video contest.

Pinney’s Maymester course trains theatre students for film acting, primarily how to act in medium close-up, mid-shot and extreme close-up frames. Students also produce videos for the international contest.

The Acting for Film students entered the competition during 2011. Three films became finalists and another placed fourth in the final round.

“We produced some competitive videos again this year as well,” said Pinney, assistant professor of theatre in the Georgia College Theatre Department. “We shot six to eight hours a day Monday through Friday, completing 10 short films in those five days. I’m extraordinarily proud of my students’ work and touched by their unwavering dedication to the class.”

For the 2012 Cannes Lions Film Festival contest, students chose from one of 10 brands — AT&T, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Paper From Portugal, Sovereign | Santander, Tata Communications, Adobe, Unilever and Glacéau vitaminwater. Students created film ideas reflecting the brands’ slogan, wrote scripts, made storyboards and selected casts, costumes and filming locations.

“I’ve gained a better understanding of how unique a medium film is from theatre,” said Fontaine, a theatre major, “and how to go through an entire filming process from storyboarding ideas to editing a full-fledged commercial.”

Students also received the chance to collaborate with guest artist and local cinematographer Tom Wise to produce their videos.

“The opportunity to learn from and interact with a professional filmmaker has been an incredibly informative and invaluable experience to prepare us for this field,” said Zach Robert, a theatre and psychology major.

Students will find out if they become finalists for this year’s competition during the first week of June.

Does Godsey ever figure out how to unravel the stringed knot to contact his love interest? Students will debut their videos on campus later this summer.

“I’m beyond stoked to have entered my video,” Godsey said, “and can’t wait to see how we all do.”

For more information about Pinney’s Acting for Film course, contact her at or 478-445-7318.

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