On January 12 through 14, students from Providence joined with other students across America for 48 hours of stunted sleeping hours to participate in the Prairie Grass Film Challenge. This is a short film competition which has been put on by Dordt College for the last five years. This year marks Providence’s second year entering. At 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the students received the required line, character, and prop that must be included in their entry and then spent the next 48 hours finding actors, hashing out the story, filming, and editing.
The production crew included freshman Johnathan Kruis, his friend Aaron Grimes, and junior Vaan Huyhn, who also helped produce the film last year. Thursday night mainly consisted of developing a story arc while the next day consisted of the crew filming, starting at five in the morning. By late afternoon, there had been some editing done and it was looking good. A final filming session and the rest of the late night was spent editing the remaining bits together. “A delightful experience all around,” said producer Johnathan Kruis of the memory filled day.
Though adults could not be included in the production team, they could assist with acting, and Resident Director Courtney Withington and Admissions Counselor Max Belz got to star in the mockumentary alongside students Ian Harriman, Sam Bice, Dane Beveridge and Shelli Cammenga. The challenge gave students the opportunity to use their unique gifts and discover abilities they may not have experienced otherwise. “Working on the film was very exciting and it was great to be a part of something I believe turned out so well,” said Sam Bice, an actor on the project.
The films will not be judged until February and are unavailable for public viewing at this time. The Beggar Blade will post the results along with the video when they become available.