W&L Team Wins Film Project Award

Three Washington and Lee students won the Mentor Award for their work last month at the Adrenaline Film Project in Charlottesville.

The team consisted of Ramonah Gibson ’20, Leah Jackson ’22 and Nolan Zunk ’22. The competition, which is held annually by Light House Studios, challenges teams to write, cast, shoot and edit a film in just 72 hours.

“The team was stunning,” said the team’s mentor, Stephanie Sandburg, assistant professor of Theater, Dance and Film Studies. “We had the most diverse team and the hardest genre, and they rocked out a great five-minute film.”

For the project, each team was given a genre, prop and line that they are required to use in their film. The W&L team was given the horror genre, a blue plastic ball and the line “You’re back in business.” Their completed film is called “Hand Off.”

“The most challenging thing about working on this project was the genre,” said Jackson. “Many filmmakers can make a scene scary, but we wanted to have a story, a character development and a message for our audience. Our mentors challenged us to meet their vision, and we worked closely with them to accomplish this.”

Their story was about a woman named Selina who is struggling with financial troubles. She recruits her partner, Steven, to steal in order to make ends meet. One day, she hears of a priceless artifact that she believes will end her financial problems. She and Steven steal the artifact, but they then realize that it is more trouble than it is worth.

The film was screened during the Virginia Film Festival, which took place Oct. 23-27. The film is also available to access free online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4_3_BEyQxY.

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