Two days, a strict 48 hours, to create an idea and bring it to life on the silver screen. The 48 Hour Film Project tests the resolve of Bay Area filmmakers, pitting them against one another for a trophy and a spot at the Filmapalooza Film Festival. And that is just what five LPC students earned.
Four students from Las Positas took home top prizes at the 48 Hour Film Project in San Francisco. “Special,” produced by Awocan Productions, is a sci-fi film mockumentary made to capture the life of a scientifically created boy born from synthetic DNA.
The short film took home the awards of Best Film, Audience Favorite, and Best Writing. “Special” was directed by Sami Cowan and produced by Geneva May Colcol, two Las Positas students who are part of Awocan Productions.
The 48 Hour Film Project has 36 teams across the Bay Area complete and turn in a short film in only 48 hours. These teams are given a specific line, character, and prop at the time of the assignment. After they are given the elements, teams have to write the script of the film, produce it, go through post production and finally submit the film in only 48 hours.
The Las Positas students involved in the film were Sami Cowan who directed the film, Alynn Lima as production assistant, Celia Reddoch as one of the actresses, Seth Benton as the script supervisor and Geneva May Colcol as a producer. All of the students are members of theatre and are passionate about the arts.
The theatre department at LPC does not focus on film, but that doesn’t mean that theatre professor Titian Lish’s students can’t apply the skills they’ve learned. “It was really exciting and wonderful to see them take what they knew here and be able to translate it into another medium, it just felt like the world is going to open up to all of them,” Lish said.
Geneva May Colcol, a 21-year-old studying theatre arts at Las Positas College and a producer of “Special” stated, “They have definitely used the skill sets of being proactive and initiative for this project.” Colcol became producer because of her committed and determined mindset to reach out for other people to be actors and be apart of this project along with her.
From working as a Starbucks barista Monday through Thursday from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. and being a theatre student at Las Positas, Geneva is on a rough path to pursue her dream in the film industry. She pushes forward with a positive and strong mindset, “As long as you stay focused and as long as you have a passion, don’t let anybody or anything sway you. If it’s something that makes you happy, you should do it,” Colcol said.
For winning first place for best film of 2018, “Special” took home a trophy, screenwriting software, and their film screened in the 48 Hour Film Festival. Awocan Productions will go on to represent San Francisco against other films around the world at the Filmapalooza festival in Orlando, Florida in March 2019.