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Students Use Cutting-Edge Technology To Film Psychological Thriller

05.4.2011

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 4, 2011 ? Hollywood hasn?t called them yet, but when it does, some HPU students will already have the experience of working on a high-tech movie set after completing a semester-long project of producing a movie from start to finish.

Several students in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, as well as students from the Department of Theatre, worked together to produce ?Connected,? a film written by Jim Goodman, assistant professor of media production, and Ed Simpson, professor of theater. ?Connected? is a ?Twilight Zone? type of story about a student who is addicted to technology, according to Goodman, the instructor of the class. It tells the story of what happens to that student one night after an ?overdose? of technology.

Students filmed the movie with what is known as the RED One Camera System ? a digital film acquisition system that brings groundbreaking, motion picture quality resolution to storytelling at a reasonable cost. Major motion pictures have been made with the RED system recently, including films such as ?The Social Network,? ?District 9? and ?Book of Eli.?

?We?re fortunate to be able to offer students an experience using some of the latest technology,? says Goodman. ?It?s as if they?ve been working on a formal production set throughout this project. As a crew, the students carried out shoots based on industry standard call sheets and worked together to complete filming based on a detailed shooting schedule which was prepared in advance.?

The students shot the film at both on campus and off campus locations, one of which was a historic building in Eden, N.C. On location in Eden, the student crew had the opportunity to work with armourers, film industry professionals trained in the safe and proper use of blank firing weapons, to film a scene that involved the shooting of blanks from a firearm.

Senior electronic media major Shannon Taylor was the producer. She and junior Alexis Marley, the show?s first assistant director, prepared the call sheets outlining the work for each day of shooting.

Performing Arts major Alex Mathis plays Dave, the main character in the story. Also in the cast are Dave Mikulay, playing Dave?s friend Nick, and Marie Ventrone as Emily.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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