By Julia Lodder and Tyler Bulthuis
Film production, including scriptwriting, videography, editing, producing, directing, acting, and sound engineering, has always played an integral part as an extracurricular activity for students at Providence. As agents of reconciliation in this fallen world, filmmaking is one way in which students engage culture. This past January, a group of Providence students participated in Dordt College’s Prairie Grass Film Challenge. In this challenge, students have 48 hours to come up with an original script, shoot, direct, compose a score, produce, and edit the film. Short films from Providence students have won first place in the film challenge consecutively in 2012 and 2013.
Providence’s production team, made up of a producer, directors, scriptwriters, videographers, a musician, and actors met together as soon as the criteria was released. This year’s film criteria included: characters named “Jackie Jeets” and “Alex Atwood” and the line “what happened when it was switched on?” Providence student Julia Lodder reflected on the experience and had this to say “As the team Providence Productions, we are very proud of the work of art we have created in The Camera Man. True beauty is a reflection of our Creator, and in our film we sought to portray this beauty while portraying the brokenness of our current world. We also sought to portray redemption – even though we are sinful humans, God has an ultimate promise for our salvation – and we get glimpses of that in this life. In all of this, our goal was to glorify God, and we are thankful we could work together
to accomplish that goal.” Since this challenge, a few students, spearheaded by sophomores Tyler Bulthuis and Julia Lodder, have officially begun a new club at Providence named Providence Productions: Short-Film Production. Each club that is started at Providence has a mission statement which clearly lays out the purpose and activity of the club:
Many members of Providence Productions will be participating in the upcoming Providence film festival in March as well as an Avodah which features a trip to Dreamworks Studios in L.A. and a pre-trip discussion by Matthew Beans, a Christian writer who has recently worked on the animated Netflix series “The Croods” at Dreamworks.
Watch The Camera Man
Attend the Campus Visit Day on March 11 and you can also attend the Piet Hein Awards film festival that night! It’s the academy awards of Providence where you get to walk the orange carpet. Sign up here!