Envision Film Festival 2012 Wraps Up Banner Event

Published: Mar 14, 2012

Greg and Emily Wilson

Taylor University’s Media Communication department celebrated its annual Envision Film Festival on March 1-3, 2012, with larger-than-ever crowds and outstanding guests. Walden Media president and co-founder Micheal Flaherty was the keynote guest. Flaherty spoke in Taylor University’s chapel on the theme of “hope in the unseen,” connecting Walden’s desire to kindle child-like imagination with the Christian faith in the invisible. Flaherty’s afternoon workshop took the form of a question and answer session in which he explained how Walden chooses the books such as The Chronicles of Narnia they have adapted for the big screen.

Other special guests included filmmakers Greg Wilson and Emily Moss Wilson, whose short films Grande Drip and Knight to D7 have screened at more than 20 film festivals and won honors at several including the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. The Wilsons led workshops on Why Story Matters, Seven Years in Tinseltown: Stories from the Set, and “Film Directing.

“I really enjoyed Greg and Emily,” said Taylor student Luke Lines, who said the Wilsons inspired his generation to pursue culture-influencing work. “They showed how a person who’s not in film could end up in film.”

More than 55 high school visitors and parents also attended the festival, some taking the opportunity to investigate Taylor’s media communication program. Prospective student Ashley Young said, “It was an amazing experience!  I learned so much and had a lot of fun. I had another opportunity to see Taylor and fall in love with this campus.”

Envision Award Ceremony 

Taylor student filmmakers demonstrated their talents on the evening of March 2 during the screening of the year’s best student films and a subsequent award ceremony. “It was a sell-out crowd, said Kathy Bruner, festival co-chair. “We had to bring in chairs to accommodate everyone.”

Winning Films included:

Best Picture – The Ghost of Grandma Doris
Dave Baker, Jamison MacKillop, Alyssa Keeling, Brent Clouse

Audience Choice Award and Best Comedy – Are you Science?
Joel Plosz

Best Editing and Best Cinematography – Of Another Time
Chase Moore, Eric Nystrom, Nicole Klotz

Best Drama – Broken
Nick Chamberlain, Micah Hancock

Best Special Effects – CGI Clone Trooper App
Bill Parker

Best Screenplay – The Stage  
Chase Moore, Josh Giuliano

Best Documentary – One Split Second
James Dickinson, Rikki Henry, Josh Giuliano

“Winning Best Picture for ‘The Ghost of Grandma Doris’ was an incredible honor,” said Taylor student filmmaker Alyssa Keeling. “But the biggest reward of the night for me was sitting back and watching the audience enjoy this quirky film that Jamison, Dave, Brent and I put so much passion and effort into making.”

The media communication department is proud to have completed another successful festival – success not just measured by number of attendees, but by quality guest speakers and quality films.

A highlight video summarizing the event is available at http://vimeo.com/38038610.


Written by Erica West