November 4, 2009
Journaling from the Rome International Film Festival
By By Ezra Edmond
|Current animation student, Ezra Edmond, at the Rome International Film Festival.|
Several SCA animated short films made by the graduate class had been selected from SCA's [Adobe] First Frame program to screen at the film festival, and after being asked, I agreed to go up after the upcoming screening and participate in a Q & A about USC and the animation program.
Before heading into the screening, I stumbled into the IKEA sponsored theater, looking for tasty IKEA food, when I found none, I sat around to watch whatever film came on the screen next. The film was English made, The Be All End All, which was about two English boys, one of whom has heart disease, and the other who is searching for his estranged father. I sat through the whole film, surprisingly enjoyed it very much.
Then, I rapidly ate three amazing chicken sandwiches and met up with my translator and the host of the screening. We walked the red carpet into the theater, and after a short introduction sat to watch the animated shorts. I was glad to see that they were all ones I had seen before, and thus - could talk about.
The party was incredible. It was on top of the Medici Manor, which sits on a mountain overlooking Rome, and I had to force myself away from all the unlimited food and drink to make sure I took some time to network with anyone. Coincidentally enough, I settled on talking with the boys from The Be All End All, and after we chatted about filmmaking and life as students, we watched the acrobat show that the party had hired, and I ventured back to the hotel, fully satisfied, and with a drive to create something now on my own - of enough quality that merits my return to that festival and others in the coming year.
About Ezra Edmond: He is a junior at USC working on his B.A. at the School of Cinematic Arts' Hench-DADA program.
About: Rome International Film Festival: Each year RIFF highlight a School. This year the festival selected USC's School of Cinematic Arts. An hour program of animations from our First Frame event was presented.