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Media student’s short film wins second place prize

April 16, 2015

Student Media Lab Assistant Kendall Casas wins two prizes in COLFA Research Conference

Student Media Lab Assistant Kendall Casas wins two prizes in COLFA Research Conference

“Information Man,” a video short film made by senior Kendall Casas, won second place in the 15th annual COLFA Conference Multi Media category.

Casas, a lab assistant in the Department of Modern Languages Media Lab, is pursuing a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in Film Studies.  She entered her short film “Information Man” to the COLFA Conference under the guidance and mentoring of her instructor, Dr. Nancy Membrez, UTSA Associate Professor of Spanish and Media Studies.

As a student in MES 3333, the department’s digital video production course, Casas was able to use the studio, equipment, and editing software maintained by the department.  She and her team made and submitted “Information Man” as their final project in the course.

The film was inspired by a poem originally written and performed by contemporary poet Buddy Wakefield. With his permission, Casas was able to create her visual representation of the poem, using a loose narrative structure with images of life going on outside of the two central characters. Among the other entries, “Information Man” placed second in the Multi Media category. 

In addition to her entry in the multimedia category, Casas also submitted a flash fiction called “Life of the Mountain” to the COLFA Conference under the guidance of her Creative Writing professor, Dr. Cynthia Hawkins. This piece was originally inspired by a collaborative effort with the Art Department. Using only the words erosion, society, and time, she had to create a story that moved away from something expected and into a new creative realm. The flash fiction “Life of the Mountain” is a poetically structured first person narrative from the point of view of a mountain as it grows and inevitably erodes.

Outside of her work in the media lab in the Department of Modern Languages at the university, Casas also directs live stage performances and produces films with the collaboration of other local directors. After she graduates from UTSA, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in film production and directing.

Opportunities that UTSA provides, such as the COLFA conference and collaborative classes in the fine arts, have given Casas the experience and outstanding achievements that will ultimately help send her in any direction she chooses to go.

Aspiring to be a notable film director and producer, Casas hopes to get accepted into the New York Film Academy, UCLA, USC School of Cinematic Arts or NYU Tisch for her master’s degree in film production and directing.

 

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