Students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film and Animation took home a gold medal at the Sleepless in Lake Placid 24-Hour Film Competition.
The team—comprised of RIT students Harlan Doolittle, Chantal Massuh, Meghan Connolly and Christine Lodato—won three out of the four major categories at the film competition in June. The team’s film, “Chet’s Pet,” won for Best Film, as well as the Audience Choice Award. Cynthia Wilber won Best Actress for her role in the film.
“These four students demonstrated professionalism, production skills with tremendous creativity and I was very proud of them and to be a part of this,” said Dave Sluberski, a lecturer with RIT’s School of Film and Animation and the team’s adviser.
“They maximize every minute in that period to tell a story in less than eight minutes that the audience and judges loved,” he said. “They were a solid team.”
Teams were required to shoot and produce the film within 24 hours and had to include four specific elements. The jury consisted of award-winning director Craig Macneill, writer and film and television director Gregory Orr, and Michael Gaston, a veteran film and television actor.
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