Campus community invited to join NSU Film Crew

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is looking for participants to join the NSU Film Crew for the Four Points Film Project.

A strategy meeting for the film project team will take place Thursday, Nov. 11, on the NSU campus. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Dacotah Hall room 205 and online via Zoom, led by Assistant Professor Jason Knowles from the NSU Art Department.

This event is open to all Northern students, faculty, staff and Aberdeen community members –anyone interested in learning about movie cameras, sound, makeup, props and video editing, and joining the NSU film crew.

The Four Points Film Project is an online competition to write, produce and edit a short film in just one weekend. The competition guidelines include receiving an unassigned genre and three elements you use that are announced via email at the start of the weekend.

After the meeting on Thursday, the actual 77-Hour Film Competition will take place Nov. 12-15, 2021.

Knowles’ short film, “III,” won the Best Use of Genre award in the 2013 Four Points challenge, which became an Official Selection in both the South Dakota Film Festival and the Dakota Independent Film Festival this year.

“I've participated in this competition multiple times in the past with former students as well as with friends who work in the industry. One year we actually won an award for Best Use of Genre,” Knowles said. 

Knowles said there’s a chance that the team can take what it produces for Four Points in November and submit it to other competitions.

“It’s an intense competition that wears you out after those 77 hours, but it's also a lot of fun, and a great way to connect with fellow artists on campus and in the community.”

For more information about joining the team, contact Jason Knowles. For more information about the Four Points Film Project, click here.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.