Reel variety
April 16, 2012

 Karolina Szablewska wrote and directed the drama Crossing Over.

It’s time to dim the lights and see what NSCAD’s graduating film students have been working on all year.

The end-of-term screening of thesis films takes place Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. at Park Lane Cinemas. There are five short films by student filmmakers ready to unspool; they represent a wide range of genres, from classic crime drama to a Celtic supernatural thriller and everything in between. Admission is $5 at the door with proceeds going to the “lens fund.” Come early—this screening is known to sell out.

Here’s what’s coming to the big screen:

  • No One’s Watching by Justin Tomchuk
  • Fuddle by Kirsten Stanley
  • Crossing Over by Karolina Szablewska
  • When You’re Gone by Christian McDonald
  • The Lone Tree by Caleigh Childs

As film is a highly collaborative art form, all of the writer-directors had their own films to work on, but also pitched in on their classmates’ projects—taking on such roles as cinematographer, camera operator, production manager, production designer and sound recorder. In post production, the students worked on editing, color correction, sound editing and mixing, as well as designing their own posters and promotional material to create a professional, final project.

“It’s an incredible amount of work and it starts with the development of the script in the Screenwriting Studio class,” says Sam Fisher, associate professor in the film program.

"It's exciting to see these students learn and grow. Now they're ready to step into their first feature project."

All of the students were recipients of $2,500 in production funding from Film Nova Scotia. Equipment and production support was provided by William F. White International.

“Film Nova Scotia recognizes how important the students and graduates of NSCAD are to ensuring the growth of Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry,” says Linda Wood, Director, Business & Legal Affairs at Film Nova Scotia. “We are proud to support programs that directly benefit these students and their education.” 

There is also a screening by students in Sol Nagler’s Film 1 and Film 2 classes. On the bill is Screaming Calf by Meredeth Milton, A Broken Record by Jarrett Shaw and Eighteen by Stephanie Young. This event takes place Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Park Lane Cinemas.  Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

 Still from Fuddle, a comedy by Kirsten Stanley.
 Still from No One's Watching, a crime drama by Justin Tomchuk.
 Still from When You're Gone, a psychological thriller by Christian McDonald.