School of Informatics and Computing Students and Alumni Win Big at 2013 48 Hour Film Competition

September 6, 2013

Students and alumni from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI recently took top awards at the Indianapolis 48 Hour Film Project.

The short film, Overcompensation,a comedy about mistaken identity, was co-directed by current Media Arts and Science student, Josh Houchin, who also won the competition two years ago, and School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) alum, Tony Cardinali.  Several other School of Informatics and Computing alums filled key roles on the film as well including Kurtis Rush, cowriter; Jeremiah Nickerson, director of photography; Jason Silverman, and Matt Runyan

Overcompensation won awards for best directing, best cinematography, best acting and was named the best overall film of the competition.

Kurtis Rush believes his education combined with the rigorous course work from the School of Informatics and Computing helped to prepare his team for success at the competition.

Media Arts and Science grads understand how to work under tight deadlines,” said Rush. “Participating in the 48 Hour Film project is a grueling task, it feels like we’re back in college pulling all-nighters in the labs.”

The annual Indianapolis 48 Hour Film Project requires teams of filmmakers to write, shoot, direct, and edit an entire film in a forty-eight hour timespan.  The filmmakers are given free reign to create the film they see fit with only a few caveats.  The filmmakers are given required elements that must appear in the film.  This year’s competition required filmmakers to insert the line “When do you want to start?” the character Dan or Dana Fox, and a purse as a prop.

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