The annual event I Dream in Widescreen returns to the Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday featuring a variety of content produced by bachelor of fine arts students from the University of Arizona School of Theater, Film, and Television.
The genres that will include documentaries, rock operas, music videos and romantic comedies, all produced by students.
Filmmaker Victoria Tulk said the students rely on each for every aspect of the filmmaking process, including camera operators, producers and actors.
“The whole process is collaborative,” Tulk said. "The students in the program have formed tight-knit relationships with each other because of this," she said. “The friendships and collaboration with other students in the program is invaluable."
Fellow filmmaker Ari Grabb said the students can reach out to one another for help with their projects.
The competition for a $5,000 prize in equipment against other students is not the most important aspect of the I Dream in Widescreen event, Tulk said. Rather, it is more of a competition against yourself to make the best film you can, she said.
A big lesson Grabb said he learned throughout his years at the school is that the process and the end product are equally important. He said you have to enjoy working on something, or it won’t be worth it.
“This year I had a lot of fun making my movie,” Grabb said.
Tulk’s short film is titled, “Our Last Hour,” based on the short Edgar Allen Poe story, “The Masque of the Red Death.”
She said a great challenge was working with a low budget.
Grabb’s film, “There’s an Octopus in Your Head,” is an animated rock opera that takes inspiration from stories about self-identity.
He said he needed to tell his story of self-identity and felt that this was his last chance to do something “weird” before entering the working world.
“I wanted to do the biggest thing I could do,” he said.
The event will be at the Fox Tucson Theatre, is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m.