Cogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected for screening at the 3rd Annual Fallbrook Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 9 to 11, 2010.
The Fallbrook Film Festival evolved out of the Fallbrook Film Factory whose goal is to expose the art of filmmaking to all people, be it the young person trying to learn filmmaking or the adult who’s in another career but wants to explore filmmaking. During the Festival the Factory will sponsor a variety of filmmaking workshops that will be conducted by industry professionals who share their knowledge with aspiring filmmakers. In the spirit of the Fallbrook Film Factory, the workshops will be designed for everyone from independent filmmakers to hobbyists and students.
Until recently there were huge barriers to theatrical filmmaking. The cost to produce was prohibitive, typically in the millions, and the equipment, the know-how, and the processes were available only to a privileged few. Today, independent filmmaking is flourishing like never before and there are in fact many distribution outlets coming on line to serve this niche market. It was therefore a natural progression for the Factory to produce a film festival where emerging new filmmakers could showcase their work in a public venue.
Our special award this year will be the first annual “Frank Capra Award” presented by Frank Capra III for the most “Capraesque” submission- a film which lifts the human spirit . Frank Capra the beloved director of the classic holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” was a long time resident of Fallbrook during the heyday of his career and he has made lasting contributions to our area.
Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.
-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement