Brian Augustus ’12, Lawrence Gregorek ’11, Julia Hershey ’11 and Andrew Upton ’12 had 24 hours to produce a short film, “DISPOSITION,” detailing and depicting the disturbing effects of schizophrenia. The four represented HWS at the Sleepless in Lake Placid student filmmaking competition in which students are given a day to shoot, edit and produce a four to nine minute film.
To challenge the student filmmakers, they were also given elements they must incorporate into their films. This year, students had to include: an object that represented Lake Placid or the Adirondacks, a shot of a therapy dog named Hanz, the Olympic Center ice rink and the phrase, “You look to me like a slacker.”
Admittance into the Sleepless in Lake Placid competition is by invitation only. Hobart and William Smith were invited to compete against students from Syracuse University, Ithaca College, SUNY Oswego and Marist College.
“Despite the fact that the four of us had never worked together, we were able to successfully collaborate to map out what needed to be done and do it. It was a great overall experience,” says Hershey.
The four HWS students were under the guidance of Associate Professor of African Studies Marilyn Jimenez. “Though they didn’t win, a lot of people told me that they should have. The film is truly amazing in concept and execution. One of the critics was amazed at how they could have come up with a concept of such depth in such a short time. They were more than equal to the competition,” says Jimenez.
In the photo above, Julia Hershey ’11, Brian Augustus ’12, Lawrence Gregorek ’11, Andrew Upton ’12 pose for a photo in Lake Placid.