UCF Film is dedicated to strong narratives and engaging stories. That's why we call our annual DVD compilation FIVE STORIES. Films featured on this disc–chosen from the more than 100 projects completed each year by our students–not only showcase a maturity in the technical aspects of filmmaking but also a sophistication of storytelling we believe is among the best of the nation's film programs.
Five Stories is sent out each year to a wide range of local and national industry professionals. Industry members can request a copy by sending an e-mail that includes their professional affiliations. The disc also provides valuable exposure for our students as UCF FILM actively markets it to film festivals around the country.
A boy and girl meet in a schoolyard playground. They play house.
Nite/Day, Boy/Girl, Cigarettes/Cars, Sound/Images
Sincerity is one of the few things that matters anymore in the arts. This is a sincere picture. I have felt every image, every sound, every emotion of these characters and while that does not guarantee that this film has any value, at least it is a true depiction of youth in the 21st century.
While preparing for an audition at a prestigious piano conservatory, a teenage prodigy finds herself in a love triangle with her music and her mentor.
Opus was my chance to combine my two passions, music and film, into one project. I've always wanted to tell a story about two individuals whose immense love for the piano drew them together. In this case, it is a forbidden love which provides most of the tension in the story. I've always liked to think of the film as a teenage prodigy finding herself in a love triangle with her music and her mentor.
Knowing who I am means know who I am not.
A city, two lovers, and others come together in a single moment. A coincidence? Sort of…
The experience of life is multifold, encompassing an objective world, a subjective view, and added personal, cultural, and historical interpretive layers among many. Art is translation of life into forms, where raw experience, be it perceptual or centered around an event, is rearranged and transformed into formal experience. With this in mind, the specific limitations of a medium become, paradoxically, ways to highlight the possibilities of life. In exploring these formal limits, we find new ways of encountering the world and engage with it. It is in this desire to share specific experiences through formal exploration that my interests lie in.
In "A Coincidence of Sorts" I carry this excitement for otherness as presented in a single take. The spatial arrangement of the shot and how the image evolves over time reveal the multiple layers of a moment. Where the planned and the unexpected, the scripted and improvised, the background and foreground blend and alter each other in continuous time and space.