Matt Crowley/The AS Review
Associated Students Productions Films and KVIK television have issued a call for filmmakers to help with the resurrection of the ASP Film Festival. Set to take place next quarter, the festival was once a staple of spring at Western, but has been dormant for at least four years, according to KVIK Coordinator Royce Andrews.
Andrews, along with ASP Films Coordinator Jeremy Smith, are tentatively planning to hold the festival on Saturday, May 7, and while details have not been finalized, filmmakers are encouraged to enter and begin planning their pieces.
“We’re trying to revive it, to bring it back to life,” said Andrews.
There are few criteria for entry into the festival, as Andrews and Smith expect a wide range of films of both long and short format. They hope to show between 10 and 12 films, and don’t plan on leaving anyone out, barring an increased influx of submissions. Once they have the films, a panel of judges will be selected to attend screenings and decide on the winners. Since the festival is months away, much of the work is still in speculation and planning stages.
The event is a rare opportunity for KVIK, which is focused on television programming and rarely hosts events. Due to Western’s film and television programs being limited, the event also provides a unique chance for students, whether they make films regularly or not.
“We don’t have a TV or film major here at Western, so it’s an opportunity to get involved and get experience,” said Andrews.
Smith agreed, adding, “I know people want to make films, people do make films. I feel like this is a good way to express their creativity and make something they can call their own.”
“It helps students realize the potential that they and other students have, and it might inspire someone else to go out and make a film.”
Smith began working at ASP Films this past fall, and is hoping, as with the festival, to “breathe new life into the job.” While attendance has been down this year for weekly movie showings (other than Iron Man and Inception), Smith hopes events like the film festival will become a regular happening and will encourage more students to participate.
“It’s a great way to showcase people’s abilities and what they can accomplish,” he said. “I know a lot of students don’t feel like they have a big impact on things, but this is a way they can do it.”
Andrew Weiler, who has been making films since he was in fifth grade, plans on submitting multiple films to the festival. With Alfred Hitchcock as one of his main influences, Weiler’s style tends to be dark and suspenseful, though he is capable of applying his skills to any genre.
“It’s a display of creativity, it’s like going to an art gallery to look at students’ work but it’s artwork in motion,” said Weiler. “It’s a collaboration for not only filmmakers, but you’ve got writers, artists, business aspects. Everyone gets involved.”
Weiler estimates that a typical five- to 10-minute film takes over 20 hours to write, shoot and edit, but the entire process takes months. Starting with a basic outline of the film, Weiler typically goes on to craft the storyboard and scripts, eventually going on to make a screenplay before shooting the film.
Smith hopes that other filmmakers like Weiler will use the opportunity to not only showcase their work, but to gain valuable insight and experience.
“It’s like going in and applying for a job, the worst that can happen is they say ‘no,’” Smith said. “You learn from trial and error. If you make a film and it’s not good enough, do it again. How many people say they’ve made a film?”
For more information, contact Jeremy Smith with ASP Films at [360-650-6130] or Royce Andrews with KVIK at [360-650-2343].