“From the student side, they can benefit from the authentic film festival experience by having their work measured by a professional-level rubric. From the professional side, they can benefit from participating in an event that showcases the up-and-coming generation of storytellers. Unspooled can be a place for these two groups to come together in appreciation, in partnership and in a love for the craft,” he said.
UW-Stout student filmmakers will work with area high school students on May 12, in a workshop geared to produce short narrative films. They will practice development, preproduction, production and postproduction before watching their works in Harvey Hall Theatre.
“Hunt is particularly interested in watching these student films as he loves to see emerging talent,” Wheeler said.
‘My life is film’
Four UW-Stout students, all filmmakers themselves, are working with Wheeler to coordinate and promote Unspooled.
“My life is film. It's made me into the man I am today,” said Payton Kosiorek, a video production junior from Eagan, Minn.
Kosiorek is the festival’s student ambassador, working on his independent study. With his public speaking skills, he pitches the festival, reaching out to news outlets in the area for interviews.
Pang Chia Yang, of Plover, is the team’s dedicated Master of Fine Arts in design graduate student. And Dayton Feldt, of Beloit, and Joey Lange, of Harmony, Minn., are making social media and YouTube promotional films as a part of their video production capstone class.