By Katelyn Holm
Cru Film has been a part of the university for more than eight years, producing a variety of short films. Director of performance and media studies Dr. Diane Howard and director of computer graphics design Donna Teel have been vital to the program.
Senior performance studies and English major Kelsey Broussard wrote the script for the film, which premiered April 16 and 17. The story features a young woman named Kenzie and her struggle with her upcoming marriage to her fiance, Mark.
Kenzie’s father left her when she was a child, and she worries that Mark will do the same. Through the help of her mother and best friend, Kenzie is able to overcome her fears and realize that God’s love is all she needs.
Sophomore communication major, production supervisor and acting coach Chris Collins was the director and Elisabeth Hauser the editor. The film features original musical compositions by media support technician Jared McClure.
The film program involves students in authentic film production processes so they will be prepared to work on film sets and on productions in real-world jobs.
This filmmaking process begins in the screenwriting course in which each student develops an original short screenplay.
Cru Films are submitted to film competitions and festivals, and DVD copies are housed in the Townsend Library.
With her last year directing for the Cru, Howard shared how special this year’s production is.
She said, “What has meant the most is the heartfelt commitment of our film students to the development process of their films from the beginning of fall through the following spring.”
Sophomore education major Susan Torres starred in the film.
Torres said, “I told (co-star) Jasmine if I got it, I hoped she would get it. That’s the only way we would do it… If another opportunity comes along, I would try it again.”
Sophomore Christian studies major Jasmine Knight said, “I want to incorporate media and film. Having an idea in your head, watching it transform into film, then showing it? I love that feeling because it’s exactly what I imagined.”
Collins shared his vision for The Walk.
“I’m hoping men are mindful of the importance of being a significant figure in their daughters’ lives and women realize if they are caught up in situations like this to try and see someone who will always be there for them if not an earthly figure–God.”