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Summer Film Institute underway at Stephens

March 25, 2014

The Summer Film Institute is underway at Stephens College, bringing filmmaking students together to create a short narrative film.
This year, students are producing a narrative called “Leaving Osage Lane,” written by Associate Professor Kerri Yost. The film follows the story of three siblings who reunite at the home of their recently divorced parents’ lake house.
“One reason I wrote it is because we talk about how these types of stories aren’t told enough—the influence of siblings in our lives,” Yost said. “We don’t see those relationships on screen very often.”
The film is the centerpiece of SFI, a bi-annual program that allows students to sample all aspects of the filmmaking process, starting this year with editing and whittling down Yost’s original script.

Freshmen and sophomores rotate through camera operation, field audio, lighting and other production stations, while upper-class students take on directing and leadership roles.
The institute started in 2005 and has typically been held in the summer months. Faculty this year moved the program to the latter part of the spring semester to make it more convenient for students.
Student crews will film at locations in Columbia, Millersburg and at the Lake of the Ozarks over the coming weeks.
Those wanting more information about the filmmaking program can visit the SFI Indiegogo site. The film is expected to be completed by the end of May.

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