The grand prize winner of the Behind the Lens Contest: Film School Edition, sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc., is current BFA Film, Video and Animation student Michael McSweeney. For his achievement, SVA will receive a Sony PMW-F3K camcorder, with approximate retail value of $23,000. The three-round competition was open to all students in a film or video digital media program at an accredited college or university. Submissions had to be in English and last between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.
His entries, Time & Space, The Collector, and The Soul Traveler, toe the line between reality and fantasy with haunting visuals and plots reminiscent of an H.G. Wells novel. Current BFA Film, Video and Animation students Nathan Pardee and Matthew Levy provided assistance in the production of the films. All three shorts can be viewed here. More of McSweeney’s work is available on his site.
Image: Still from The Soul Traveler. Courtesy of the artist.