Some students at the University of North Georgia (UNG) from the film and digital media program won the Audience Award at the 2017 Athens 24 Hour-ish Film Festival for their horror-comedy short film, “And Beyond.”
Beginning the week April 26th, the students were able to write, shoot, and edit film in less than a weekend.
Students Tatianna Pangle and Jeremy Thao, the producers, Director Tylere Brown, First Assistant and Key Grip Brandon Adams, Tyler Calder as the sound-audio mixer, Tara Toombs as script supervisor, and Editor Kristina Kromer created the production. Thao wrote and directed the film production, while Pangle and Madeleine Pearson starred in the film.
“And Beyond” takes place in an alternative universe where actor Tom Hanks is portrayed as the president. The film involves two friends who discuss the politics of their universe, and through this conversation, one friend makes the decision to do something dramatic which could change their relationship forever. The premise of the film was required by the festival organizers. All teams were required to include Tom Hanks as president, a red shoe, and a specific line of dialogue in the film.
“Competitions like this challenge filmmakers’ creativity and test their ability to buckle down and do the work. This crew of students demonstrated their artistry as well as a high level of craftsmanship, both things which we instill in our majors. We’re very proud of them,” said Jeff Marker, head of the communication, media & journalism department.