Tuesday, November 6, 2012

U666 The Movie

I know a lot of you that read my blog are proud of your kids or grandkids, or kids in your family, or your friend's kids and I love reading about all of their lives. So I hope you will indulge me while I brag about Wesley for just a second.
Last year, as a first year film student, Wes was approached to write a screenplay for one of the rising fourth year producing students, Konstantin Sumstev. He had an idea and she had the words. The screenplay was chosen by the faculty at UNCSA to be made into one of the fourth year films this year and they just wrapped up production this weekend. The local news came out and did a feature. Their website is a bitch to navigate so you might not be able to view the video, but here is the story that goes with it. click the link, maybe it will let you watch the video of the making of the film.
Thanks for indulging me a little parent pride :)

see video here

WINSTON-SALEM -- Students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem built a life-size submarine on the set of their 15-minute short film, “U-666.”
The film is about a Vietnam veteran who finds the submarine in the woods near Pilot Mountain, and the movie takes the audience on an adventure about how the German boat mysteriously ended up in North Carolina.
"We started originally with an idea: What would happen if a submarine is found in the middle of the forest?" said Konstantin Sumtsev, the film's producer.
Now, more than a year later, they have constructed the submarine, which is 40 feet long. Students said it's one of the most ambitious movies the school has ever produced.
"I've never worked with such a huge production, design-heavy movie,” said director Jimmy Kelly. “We're really going to have something special."
The set's size and scope are even more impressive when the budget is factored in. The students only had $5,000 to produce the film.
"For the budget we have, it's incredible,” said production coordinator Lucian Murphree. “We're not going to see anything like this until we work on a million-dollar movie."
They had the faculty's support from the beginning.
"We knew that they could handle something of this size and pull it off -- and they did," said School of Filmmaking Interim Dean Susan Ruskin.
The students said they expect to wrap production this week and will likely have a premiere on campus early next year.
"We want to show to everybody, hey, this is what we can do,” Sumtsev said. “We are young students, we are still learning, yet we are building these giant things you would expect independent filmmakers to do." 
News 14


Sandy miller said...

Wow!!! Bragging rights are definitely in order! Congratulations!

Dennis Allen said...

Brag away!

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks, ya'll, feel free to brag here anytime, as well!!

B. Rogers, Alchemy of Clay said...

Congrats. Proud mama is wonderful!

Lori Buff said...

Yup, you deserve to brag. Wes has got to be learning so much about film making there. It sounds like a really great and supportive program. I also love that they are learning how to make something so awesome on such a tight budget. That's really important in more than just film making.

Tracey Broome said...

Proud mom, absolutely!
Lori, we feel so lucky that Wesley got in to this school. It's a conservatory, so the faculty and students work very closely together. She is learning so much practical real life stuff!

Vicki said...

Bragging compulsory!

That is wonderful...THEY are wonderful :)

Shannon said...

I'll be able to say "I met Wes back-when...". Congrats to her!