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by Thomas Kraft

Montgazette Staff Writer

Five Day Film Festival here at Montgomery County Community College hosted by the Communicating Arts Production Group (CAPG) and the filmmaking groups felt the heat from their camera and computer screens.

The festival is an opportunity for filmmaking groups from far and wide to produce original films and be judged by secret judges across the country, for a chance to win a grand prize of $500.

Sounds simple right? No. There is a catch.

The filmmaking groups are given a common theme, phrase, and prop that they must use while also meeting a specific genre for their individual films; crime, road movie, comedy, biopic, etc. So, what were the common threads this year, you ask? The theme, phrase, and prop were to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs, “bigger isn’t always better,” and a spoon, respectively. On top of these requirements, the total run time of the films cannot be less than 4 minutes or exceed 6 minutes.  Did I also mention that the films have to be written, shot, and edited in a matter of five days? Hence the name, the Five Day Film Festival.

Adjunct Communication professor and amateur filmmaker, Jerry Collom, coordinates and runs the event for the College, and Jerry feels that the festival is more important for the community and school then what meets the eye. “It gives everyone the opportunity to actually produce a piece of work that they may have started, but been too busy to complete. What the Five Day does is give people the opportunity to buckle down and produce something.” Jerry also thinks that the fact that it is open to such a wide array of filmmakers (any filmmaker, to be exact) is equally important. “The difference between what 20 year old students, older media creators and high school students produce is amazing. You see their take on certain themes, and it can really refresh your outlook on things.”

Students work tirelessly around the Advance Technology Center on their films. Among the filmmakers finalizing their projects was CAPG president, Dani Moulton and her filmmaking partner and CAPG treasurer, Steve Dougherty. With the amount of time given to make these films, Dani said, “The most challenging thing was that we were short staffed. As a two- person group, we had to ask for help from anyone that was willing.” Fellow contestant, Tom Gilmore, had a similar hardship. “It’s all about planning. We left here and we used every minute. We had five crew members and we had to use everyone for multiple roles to get it done.”

No matter what adversity the groups faced, the important thing is that they were able to produce these quality films in such a short matter of time and should be praised for their individual efforts.

The screening and announcement of the winner of the festival was held at the Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Ave., Ambler, Pennsylvania, on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. The Five-Day Film Festival is an annual event. For more information about the festival, please visit www. fivedayfilmfestival.com or e-mail fivedayfilmfestival@gmail.com

Is that my Tattoo?

by John Brink

Montgazette Staff Writer

Copyright infringement occurs when copyrighted work is taken by an outside party and redistributed in order to make a profit. Copyrights can be violated in a number of ways, from resale of music or pirated DVDs, to stealing a books storyline in order to create a film version. It can be easy to infringe on copyrighted material unknowingly.

So student media creators, listen up or read on.

The entertainment industry struggles with copyright violations on a constant basis. There are many ways that creative ideas can wind up being very similar to each other and disagreements arise. Filmmakers especially need to go to great lengths in order to prevent a lawsuit. Every prop, every building, every brand in any film is meticulously chosen by directors, everything seen on film must not violate somebody’s copyright, but even with all the attention to detail, mistakes still manage to slip through the cracks.

There are three notable films that have run into trouble for possible infringements in recent history, all of which appeared to be harmless and unnoticeable.  The popular “Hangover” movie trilogy was jeopardized before the second film could reach audiences, almost cancelling its release altogether. The lawsuit was filed by tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill against Warner Brothers studios. Whitmill, the artist who designed Mike Tyson’s famous facial tattoo, claimed that the movie violated copyrighted material by using his tattoo on a character without permission. Warner Brothers ultimately settled.

James Cameron’s “Avatar” also had its share of issues when cover artist William Roger Dean accused the film of modeling its landscape around his artwork that appeared in several fictional book series.

In another case, Pixar Studios and its famed jumping lamp at the beginning of each film fell under fire by Norwegian lamp making company “Luxo.” Pixar’s mascot is affectionately named Luxo Jr. so there really isn’t much debate as to where Pixar got their idea from, Luxo originally allowed the usage of their lamp as the mascot up until miniature models of the lamp were being sold for profit. The two sides ultimately settled, and Pixar will continue to use the Luxo Jr.

Copyright infringement is a serious violation that can end up being an expensive mistake, one that could sink projects and companies before they even get started. It is easy to accidentally violate copyrights if you are unaware of them. There is a lot of homework that goes on behind the scenes for all of your favorite films.

by Brett Levin

Montgazette Staff Writer

Recently, three of the biggest names in media have announced that they will be involved in the latest installment of the notorious horror series, “Silent Hill.”

Video game legend, Hideo Kojima and renowned movie director, Guillermo del Toro, are collaborating to make the scariest installment that has ever been experienced in video game history. Boondocks Saint and co-star of the hit TV series, “The Walking Dead,” Norman Reedus, will be starring as a playable protagonist for this project. “Silent Hills” is still in production and won’t hit shelves until 2016.

However, the trio has released a free playable trailer of the game called, “P.T.,” on PSN(PlayStation Network). A new team called, 7780’s Studio, developed “P.T.” Just like “Silent Hills”, it was under the direction of Kojima and Del Toro to instill fear in gamers’ hearts and create buzz for the upcoming 2016 survival horror game.

This 30-minute demo was specifically made to show off the technical aspects and power that Kojima’s graphic engine, “Fox Engine,” could do to generate movie-like horror in video games. The question is; how close can a video game come to feeling like a movie?

Communication Associate Professor Neil Goldstein said, “The idea behind movies is not law. The reason movies are made is to recreate the world we live in.”  “P.T.” does exactly that. The whole game takes place in a house with four hallways. The graphics and textures are photo realistic, and the only thing the player can do is examine the setting they’re placed in. It seems simple, and it is, but all sorts of creepy things go on inside this house. A tormented ghost, named Lisa, haunts it, and the only thing she wants to do is make the player suffer. She can willingly haunt multiple items in the house. There is no real order in which she travels, but she is always watching the player.

Neil Goldstein has also stated that, “Keeping things from the audience and setting up expectations that can’t be met are ways of generating horror in films. Video games offer two things that movies don’t allow for… One is interaction and the other is the ability to affect the narrative.”

This demo takes these concepts by the horns and propels them to the next level. The game is extremely cryptic. While there is a narrative to follow, the game never tells the player what to do. The developers force the player to interact with everything in order to piece together the mystery of Lisa. Players can never expect where Lisa will pop up next, and in order to complete the narrative, the player is forced to confront their fears and find her. It’s the scariest the experience in video games to date.

“P.T.“ is only a tech demo. No one knows for sure how much of it will actually be transitioned into the final product, but one thing is for sure… It’s bound to be terrifying!

by Marvin G. Marcellus

Montgazette Staff Writer

Montco Radio began as a “radio club” in the late’ 60s/early 70s. When current Senior Producer and Technical Services Manager, Matt Porter, joined the College in 1998, the radio club was called WRFM, or “Radio Free Montco.” The station had limited broadcast capability until 2003, when the station moved to internet broadcasting, allowing for a worldwide audience.

WRFM was changed to Montco Radio when the communications program moved into the Advanced Technology Center.

The Montco Radio club currently meets up every Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center’s Screenwriting Room (ATC 107). “Montco Radio was created to give students the opportunity to gain experience in the field of radio whether it’s as on air personality or DJ, a producer, an engineer, or as a club member such as station manager, assistant station manager, public relations or marketing staff,” says Porter. He also points out that, Montco Radio is one of the largest club’s on campus and streams content 24/7.

This fall season, the club is airing about 29 original-radio shows created by club members. Montco Radio club members run their shows from Montgomery County Community College’s state of the art radio station at the Central Campus in Blue Bell in the ATC building. Listening in to Montco Radio is as simple as logging on to http://www.montcoradio.com where content is streaming 24/7.

You can also search “Montco Radio” with the free Tune-in app. Android users can download the new free Montco Radio app, created by Dustin Markle.

Communication major Mike Cross is the current Montco Radio station co-manager. He shares the office with Paige Murray in order to ensure a smooth transition of leadership as this will be Paige’s last semester at Montco. Mike joined Montco Radio in the spring of 2013. Today he hosts a show called “Indieville” where Mike can be heard playing indie bands from punk to rock Monday’s from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mike’s goal is to play great songs that aren’t usually heard from bands on the radio, like the deeper album cuts.

Dylan Joyce is a communication major that has just joined Montco Radio this semester. Joyce, a.k.a. DJ sQwareD, has a show called “Mind The Music” Thursdays 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. DJ sQwareD play songs from different bands and singers and gives some interesting details and facts about the band and/or song. Dylan says he joined because he wanted to join a club that would “open the doors of the world” to him. He plans to make a career in radio and being a part of the Montco Radio club is his first exciting step.

If you have any questions or comments or if you have a show idea for Montco Radio we are available via email at montcoradio@hotmail.com. “Like” us on Facebook at Montco Radio. The club is planning a Holiday Party for Dec. 8 in ATC-107; we’ll be working with Toys for Tots to bring some holiday joy to kids in need.

by Matt Mashaintonio

Montgazette Staff Writer

Do you love movies? How about watching movies on a big screen? Maybe you want to watch movies with fellow students and friends?

Okay. How about watching a variety of films from popular popcorn movies to masterpieces from cinema history? All right, fine. You want to do all this and eat free food; I get it! Oh, and you want to do it at Central Campus in Blue Bell; that’s fine, too, because there is a club where you can do just that. It’s called Reel to Real.

Every Thursday night, at 5:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center in room 222, Reel to Real (R2R) holds its weekly meetings. The meetings consist of watching a movie, decided on by the group and the club’s executive board, as well as enjoying pizza and soda at no cost to members. “I like Reel to Real because it gives me a chance to see interesting films I have never seen before,” said Sean Ross, a R2R member and Montco student. “I also like being in a group who likewise may not have seen those films.”

In addition to Reel to Real’s weekly meeting, they sponsor film screenings each semester on campus that are open to all Montco students and faculty, as well as the public. During this semester, there will be two more screening from Reel to Real including “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. and a family movie event on Dec. 6 ,both of which will be held in the Science Center Theater. This event will also be a charity drive because “one of Reel to Real’s goals is to give back to the community in any way we can,” said Molly Hennessy, a R2R member. “If someone can benefit from us getting together and having fun there really isn’t anything better than that.”

This semester, the club ran a co- club function with Montco Radio called Montcoberfest Fest. “It was a really fun event with a lot of really great people for a really good charity. I think it went about as good as anything could go really. It was a lot of fun!” said Justin Carr, a long time R2R member. The event was held to collect canned food for Manna on Main Street. A Nightmare on Elm Street was screened, and there was free food and a costume contest. The entry fee was a canned food donation; in total there was hundreds of cans collected and over $50 in monetary donations.

Last semester, R2R screened “The Lego Movie” as its first event with its new executive board. “Everyone seemed to have a great time at ’The Lego Movie,’” said Matthew Marinelli the clubs secretary. “It was our first screening and it went off without a hitch.”

For more information about Reel to Real’s meeting, screening or charity events, come to one of the meetings on Thursday nights at 5:30 or email Reel2Real.mc3@gmail.com.

by Molly Hennessy

Montgazette Staff Writer

Montgomery County Community College holds its fall Communicating Arts Production Group, CAPG, screening on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The “COM” screening allows students to showcase class projects and it is produced by CAPG. This event happens twice a year at the end of every semester at the Science Center Theater. More than 200 students attend and show their work.

However, in years past, the Communication program wasn’t as big and eventful as it is today. According to Neil Goldstein, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Communication program at Montgomery County Community College, 22 years ago they didn’t have a COM screening because there were only 30 students in the Communication program. Students, however, still had to present their work. At the end of each semester, students would stand and present their pieces in class.

Since the Communication program was a lot smaller at the time, there was no Advance Technology Center. Classes were originally held in the Physical Education building. Then it moved to the Black Box Theatre. Students used to dress up for this event and it was even catered. As the Communication program grew, it finally made its way to the Science Center.

Some traditions have come and gone. At the COM screening, students used to receive awards for their work and since some students would receive more awards than others, awards are no longer a part of the screening. The reward comes from the students’ work being showcased on the big screen.

One tradition that the COM screening has kept, but has slightly changed is the Blue Zone. In the past years, the Blue Zone was a segment of stories about suicide and stalking.  Today, the Blue Zone is a segment on being able to curse a lot.

Students in the Communication program are driven, passionate and proud about showcasing their work and always eager to learn more. Dani Moulton, president of CAPG, states her experience in the Communication program has provided her skills and the confidence she needs to succeed when she leaves Montgomery County Community College.

Another student who is very involved in Communication program is Matt Mashaintonio, president of Reel 2 Real, the film club at Central Campus in Blue Bell. Matt is producing this year’s COM screening and is pleased to ensure that more exciting and interesting projects will be shown at the screening.

The COM screening is fun and has gotten bigger and better with time. Please come out and celebrate with the Communication students by attending the COM screening.

by Jeremy Bandel

Montgazette Staff Writer

Montcoberfest was here, and if you missed it, you missed out on a great time. The first joint event between two of Montgomery County Community College’s most beloved clubs, Montco Radio and Reel 2 Real, took place on Thursday, Oct. l6 with a costume party and screening of the classic film, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Together the two clubs not raised money and donations for a local charity, Manna On Main Street, but they were also successful in bringing the students of Montco together.

Manna On Main Street, a community driven volunteer force, is a local organization whose vision and goals are simply to see “that everyone might be fed.” Starting off as a humble soup kitchen over 20 years ago, the organization is now one that hosts over 2,000 volunteers and provides food to the local populace seven days a week.

Wanting to find a way to help chip in towards the volunteer efforts and provide a way for students at the campus to connect, treasurer of Montco Radio, Nick Vergara, was inspired to the create the event known as Montcoberfest. When asked about how the event came about, Nick had this to say, “I wanted to combine charity, collecting the cans and giving to Manna, as well as bringing the two clubs together to have a good time. What better way than with food and movies?”

People arrived from their homes both near and far donning some great costumes. Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean series, Michael Myers of Halloween fame, Starlord from the recent film “The Guardians of the Galaxy,” and even the heavenly princess Snow White were in attendance at what seemed to be a random assor tment film in popular culture spanning over the last centur y. Hoagies and drinks were provided, good music was playing in the air, and quality company wasn’t hard to find; the per fect ingredients for a good time.

Fellow student Justin Carr, donning an assortment of video game and television items in a mish-mash costume, seemed rather satisfied with the occasion, “It was a really fun event with a lot of really great people. I think it’s really fantastic seeing everybody really positively working towards one common goal. There was this sort of energy of patriotism where everybody was united toward one cause, I feel it was a success for everybody involved.”

Dani Moulton, president of another celebrated group here at Montco, CAPG, was one of those in attendance. Temporarily dropping her guise as the comatose princess, Moulton was full of praises for the event, “It felt like a theatre experience, I had a lot of fun. I think it says that we’re all really involved in everything around here.

The success of the event of course means that more are likely to come. Matt Mashaintonio, president of the Reel 2 Real film club, seemed encouraged to try such events more often. When asked, Matt enthusiastically responded about his feelings and hopes for forthcoming events, “I’m really excited and enjoyed the fact that we can get together to have fun and have other people benefit from it.  I think doing good for our community is extremely important and I hope to do this more in the future.” If you missed your chance to attend Montcoberfest, rest easy knowing you may get a similar chance very soon.

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