"Split Screen" - the Movie

First 35mm Camera

My final year at RIT I had two classes, advanced filmmaking and art history. The film class was nine credits and would count heavily in my GPA. A team of us decided to produce a 23min Twighlight Zone-like episode based on a script written by a former student. Director of cinematography was my role on the film. It was a very ambitious project, since most films produced for the class were usually only a few minutes long.

Shot in and around Rochester and at Charlotte Beach Park, the film tells the story of an aspiring filmmaker who buys an antique Kodak 16mm camera at a pawn shop. After shooting a few rolls, he discovers a woman who appears in the footage who wasn't there when he shot it. He discovers he's able to walk into the projection of the film on his wall and become part of her B&W world, but she's elusive. And in the end it's she who has the last laugh.

Although we had all the footage shot and sound recorded, we were not able to complete the film before the end of the school year. We had a few minutes edited which we presented as our final project. We earned our A's. Chet, the director on the film, took the film to Cleveland to finish editing and produce a nice jazz score for the film.

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