The votes were finally tallied on Friday. The winner of the 24-hour FilmFest was “Silence” by Caleb Williamson, a sophomore digital entertainment technology major from Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Each of the 3 films submitted were required to have certain elements in their films, be shot in 6 hours and be completed in 24-hours. The submissions were then posted on YouTube and students and faculty could vote on the videos over a 4-day period.
“Silence” is an up close and personal look at what happens in those awkward moments we have throughout the day. It features a couple who clearly has issues, yet they are both too nervous to bring it up. “Silence” shows the power of communication in all relationships and the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone to solve problems.
“I am an aspiring filmmaker, so I will jump on any opportunity I have to tell stories through film,” Williamson said. “I have participated in FilmFest the past two years, so when I heard about the 24-hour FilmFest, I couldn’t have been more excited.Â Even though it was very stressful, I enjoyed the time crunch the most. When you have 24 hours to generate an idea, start story-boarding, find actors, shoot, and also edit the film, your personal signature as a filmmaker will inevitably come out. It is fascinating to see what emerges when you have so little time to make it all happen.”
Williamson said he wasn’t expecting to win and credited all of his support to his friends and Seekers of the Word, an organization he is apart of on campus. He said they were incredibly supportive and encouraging throughout the whole process.