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April 19, 2007

Students win cash, prizes for short films

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Purdue University students left the Digital Cinema Contest premiere on Thursday (April 19) $300 richer and with the title of best films.The students captured the top spots with their short films in four categories in the event, sponsored by the Purdue Digital Collaboratory: alternative, animation, documentary and narrative.

The top three spots in each category were announced during a screening at the Wabash 9 Landing Theater. It marked the fifth consecutive year for the event, said David Eisert, educational technologist at the Digital Collaboratory.

"It gets better every year," Eisert said. "That's the one thing you can say about this contest. The films get better. The quality and the way the students edit them get better. Everything we offer them - from the hardware to the software to the technical support - just really shows up in their work."

This year's event drew a record 23 entries. Eisert spent the first hour of the premiere announcing the winners and giving prizes. The films, which could be no shorter than 30 seconds and no longer than seven minutes, were then shown.

Second- and third-place finishers also received cash prizes, $200 for second place and $100 for third. In addition, winners and other participants received a wide range of prizes - from iPods, printers and computer software to food, T-shirts and gift certificates.

The films were judged by a panel of six faculty members and librarians from across the campus. The judges offered critiques and tips.

"We put all of this technology out there so the students can have all the resources," Eisert said. "This is our opportunity to show what our students are doing."

The first- through third-place winners in each of the categories are as follows:


"The Us in U.S.," by Alex Donkle, a sophomore in acoustical engineering from Valparaiso, Ind.

"Malicious Instincts," by Champin Chen, a senior in computer graphics technology from Columbus, Ohio.

"How to Eat an Apple," by Chad Rainey, a senior in film and video studies from Indianapolis.


"Millberg Apartments," by Matthew Mann, a junior in film studies from Champaign, Ill.

"Alone on a Dark Road," by Zach Castedo, a senior in film studies from Elkhart, Ind.

"Words and Actions," by Sean Tinlin, a sophomore in civil engineering from Mokena, Ill.


"One Love," by Whitney Jackson, a graduate student in educational technology from Indianapolis.

"Due for the Moon," by Craig Lozanovski, a senior in film and video studies from Crown Point, Ind.

" Scaredy Cat," by Kevin O'Shea, a senior in film and video studies from Metamora, Ill.


"Biological Warfare Ain't Easy: A Rightfield Movie," by Tyler Kupferer, a junior in computer graphics technology from Columbus, Ind.

"The Eye of John Wojtowicz," by John Wojtowicz, a senior in computer graphics technology from Williamsville, N.Y.

"Maxwell the House Cat," by Scott Dyer, a graduate student in computer graphics technology from Hammond, Ind.

Writer: Jim Bush, (765) 494-2077,

Source: David Eisert, (765) 494-4209,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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