Video Production students compete int PGH 48 Hour Horror Film Project

 Left to right: Doltyn Snedden, Brad Kolesar, Ted Haynes, Marcus Dean, (back) Dylan Mick, Troy Jackson, Danielle Dindak, Charles Harrison, Justin Wilson, (front) Connor Hamilton, Emiley Westfall, Rachel Letscher and Thomas Graham.


Left to right: Doltyn Snedden, Brad Kolesar, Ted Haynes, Marcus Dean, (back) Dylan Mick, Troy Jackson, Danielle Dindak, Charles Harrison, Justin Wilson, (front) Connor Hamilton, Emiley Westfall, Rachel Letscher and Thomas Graham.

Westminster College students in the broadcast communications 251 class, along with Doltyn Snedden and Bryan Greig, will participate in the Pittsburgh 48-Hour Horror Film Project this weekend.

Teams have 48 hours to craft, shoot and edit a short film, beginning on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, where they receive details about elements that must be in the movie.  They must hand deliver the completed movie by 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

Westminster graduate Ted Haynes ’99, co-founder of Confluence Productions in Pittsburgh, visited the video production class prior to the competition, sharing his experience.  He has entered the competition at least a dozen times and has won it once.

“You need a great opening shot and an amazing image at the end,” said Haynes. “You also need a solid story and never forget about the importance of lighting and limit your locations.  If you do not, you will run out of time.”

10527292_812735168745069_9043149096726919464_nThe competition is broken up into two teams:

  • The Titan Terror Productions team includes Danielle Dindak, Justin Wilson, Charles Harrison, Emiley Westfall, Doltyn Snedden, and Troy Jackson.
  • Westmonster Studios includes Brad Kolesar, Rachel Letscher, Marcus Dean, Dylan Mick, Bryan Greig, Thomas Graham, and Connor Hamilton.

This is a class requirement and the CALL Division graciously covered their registration fees. They will receive a grade based on whether they complete the submission and if it meets all the requirements.

“This experience will move students forward to the learning outcomes of managing deadlines, working in teams and applying best practices in video production,” said Brad Weaver, lecturer of broadcast communications.

Stay tuned for story developments.

You can check out the winning project from Ted and his partners from a previous 48 Hour Film Project.  The short film is called “Last Straw” and the genre element they received in the competition was holiday film.  See how they worked it into the story.

the last straw re-edit from Zeno Films on Vimeo.