Two Student film projects accepted to local San Diego Film Festivals 2013

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Point Loma Nazarene University

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Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: April 1, 2014

     Written by: Kalyn McMackin


“Pulling Strings” and “The Best Day of Your Life” Make it into 2013 Film Contests

Two student film projects, “Pulling Strings” and “The Best Day of Your Life”, were accepted into two local San Diego area film festivals this past fall, 2013.  “Pulling Strings” was selected by the Oceanside International Film Festival and “The Best Day of Your Life” was accepted into the San Diego City Beat Shorts Festival in 2013—both being rare yet rewarding accomplishments in student film production.

Marinna Martens served as the writer of “Pulling Strings,” a webisodes series about a group of teen girls who are actors and musicians in various bands and TV shows.

“The inspiration just came from taking their real desire to make it big in Hollywood and putting it on screen,” said Martens. “The series is about them starting a band and trying to get noticed by a big Hollywood producer. There's a cute, geeky love-interest in there as well which I added for their mainly preteen girl fan-base.”

Martens film was promoted by local media outlets, including the Jeff and Jer radio show and  San Diego’s KUSI news. Although her film did not win overall, she said that the experience was a reward in itself because of how much she learned. 

“I had written for myself before but not much for others so it helped me write with a certain goal in mind which is a great skill to have,” said Martens. “I was also the Production Designer on the set so I was involved with the entire production and working on a professional project taught me a lot about filmmaking as a business instead of just an art.”

 “The Best Day of Your Life”, created by Josh Vandermeer and Gerrit Hoeks, is short film about a bride on her wedding day who receives a message no bride ever wants. 

“As she's anxiously beautifying herself for her big day she receives a text from her ‘future hubby’ saying ‘I can't believe I'm doing this to you, but I'm just not ready to get married,’” said Hoeks, who wrote and directed the film. “Furious, she destroys her dress; ripping it, soiling it and eventually burning it. As she calms down next to the burning ashes that was once her wedding gown she receives another text: "Jk babe. Can't wait to marry you!" The bride screams. The end,” said Hoeks.

The short was inspired by a popular photo shoot idea “trash the dress” which consists of brides destroying their wedding dresses after the big day as a statement that they wont be need the dress again, an idea that Hoeks’ own wife participated in. 

Vandermeer served as the director of photography and said that, like every project, he learned something new. 

“We shot the film on a very pressing time-crunch, so it helped teach me how to make compromises and create a quality product in an efficient manner,” said Vandermeer. “Perfection isn't always possible when you're racing to keep light with the sun setting.”

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