Support FDU’s Senior Film Students on May 7

For one night only, watch the culmination of months of hard work by Fairleigh Dickinson University students at “Thesis Night 2013” at the Morris Museum for $5. Films range from 5-30 minutes in length, and are open to the public.

By Jenny Connell

For film students, it all comes down to this one night — “Thesis Night 2013.”  It is what stands between them and graduation. The ten films being screened are made by teams of students working together to build on their four years of study to create their capstone projects.

This year’s festival is on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morris Museum.

“By having these screenings at a location such as The Morris Museum we purposely put pressure on ourselves and our students to produce their films at a high level,” says Howard Libov, film professor and assistant dean in FDU’s Becton College. “Only those projects which qualify as fulfilling these standards will play at our screenings.”

“Crafting these senior thesis films is the true test for some students regarding what they hope to focus on in the future,” says Megan Osborne, a senior film and animation major. “Students have the ability to demonstrate their strong skills in directing, producing, editing, etc. to an audience, which is a great way to find your niche in the filmmaking process.”

After having doubts entering into such a large capstone project, Lauren Brooks, a senior in the film and animation department, pursued the challenge and claims it was worth it in the end. “It took up pretty much most of our Fridays and Saturdays, but it was a very rewarding process,” says Brooks. “I let those in my crew offer their opinions and try things that they wanted to do within their respective positions […] which reflected in some fantastic footage to work with.”

Thomas “T.J.” Magg, a senior film and animation major, estimates that each student may devote anywhere between 300 to 500 hours on a project based on the varying roles. “We take a lot of pride in our work. These screenings offer an opportunity to FDU and the local community to see what the film program here has to offer,” says Magg.

This year’s films range from drama to action-thrillers and include: “Angel Wings,” “Born to a Good World,” “Desperate Chance,” “Drought,” “Forget & Forgive,” “Legend of the Medallion,” “Nomad,” “Parallel Lines,” “Staten Island Girl,” and “Under God.”

The department of Visual and Performing Arts dedicates this film festival to the late Richard Turick, professor and chair of the department.

For more information, or to RSVP to the event email The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, N.J.

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