A film created by three Summer@Brown students last summer was awarded “Best Fiction Film” at a recent New Jersey film festival.
“Solitaire” was the brainchild of Colmcille Donston, Marcos Larancuent and Joo Yup Ham, who made the film as their final project in Edrex Fontanilla’s “Digital Video Production” course. The three submitted the film to the Ramapo College of New Jersey’s High School Film Festival and learned in December that it had earned the top spot in its category. The film has also been nominated to be entered into the Garden State Film Festival.
“Solitaire” tells the story of a boy left alone on a college campus after an unspecified incident, leaving viewers to wonder if the incident is real or all in the boy’s head. The film came together one evening over dinner when the three students realized that none of them were happy with the final projects they were working on independently. They decided to work together and completed the film in just two days, with Colm directing and acting in the film, Marcos working as cameraman and Joo Yup taking the lead on editing. All three credit the instruction of Fontanilla in teaching them valuable techniques, including using different camera angles and sound editing, needed to complete their project and, ultimately, win the film festival award.
“The feeling of winning this award was completely astonishing and has been an amazing experience for all of us,” Colmcille said. “Although we all live in different places we continue to keep in touch and update each other on the progress of our film and other projects we are part of. We couldn’t have made the film without our amazing teacher Edrex, and the opportunity Summer@Brown gave us.”