Video Earns Festival Entry

Brooke Presten, Staff Writer

Video 3 student Sarah Vaughan created a 2 minute video which debuted at the Screenagers Film Festival, February 2 at UC Berkeley. The project was assigned so video 3 students could include it as a supplement to their Chapman University application. Seligman encouraged all of his senior students to apply to Chapman because it is a good film school. Vaughan’s video portrays a girl getting lost in the world of books and drifting into her imagination.

According to Video Production teacher Justin Seligman, Vaughan’s video is a simple but powerful story that “is visually well told.” Vaughan said, “I knew I wanted to do something with imagination and use it as a theme in my video.” The video included scenes of a fountain in San Francisco which inspired Vaughan with its beauty. She thought the fountain was the perfect icon for imagination, which was the message of her video.

According to Seligman, he had little involvement in Vaughan’s video. He critiqued the film and helped her work on her screenplay with the class. He said, “She wrote it, shot it, edited it, directed it, and filmed it herself.” Production wasn’t an issue.  She said, “I did most of it at home. Filming took 2 days. I edited it in the course of 3 days. Coming up with the idea took a week.”

Vaughan did not end up applying for Chapman University, but the film debut is a step toward a dream. In the future she plans to go to London, where her family is from, and work with media at the British Broadcasting Corporation.

“I see Sarah with a future in the digital arts,” said Seligman.

Last summer Vaughan attended the Interlochen School of the Arts in Michigan for several weeks to work with media. She has been in 2 other film competitions before: the JM Creative Writing Competition and the Iron Film Making Competition.