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Film Challenge

The Spring 2014 Film Challenge was a great success -- congratulations to ALL filmmakers!! RU students had from March 26 - April 4 to make a short film. All entries were screened at the Radford Theater on April 17. Details are below:

At the kick-off event on the evening of 3/26, each student team were given these parameters (they were different for each team):

1. A line of dialogue (a specific piece of dialogue will be given to you that must fit into your movie)
2. A prop to include (a specific prop will be specified that you must seek out and somehow include)
3. A genre (you will be assigned a genre for your film)

These three things MUST be included in the film in some way. Beyond that, students can make whatever kind of movie they want. Students had just over a week to produce an original short film (must be 1 - 4 minutes) and submit it to the CITL by 5pm on 4/4.

Be sure to check out the OFFICIAL RULES, as well as the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. Please direct questions to citl@radford.edu.

Entries were screened at the Radford Theater on the evening of Thursday, April 17. There was an audience choice award as well as two judges' awards. Top Honors and Audience Choice were both taken by Skylar Askey J. J. Gagliardi for '8 Ball,' and Honorable Mention honors were taken by Robert Worley and Seth Testerman for 'Girl With The Red Umbrella.' All entries will be posted soon!


If you are new to moviemaking or simply need some guidance, check the short video directly below to learn how to get started. In addtition, there are numerous resources further down the page: how-to's, tips and tricks, software tutorials, and related info.

Additional Resources

Producing Your Movie

Vimeo Video School - visit the lessons area to view three short, general tutorials on preparing for, shooting and editing video. Also visit the main area to view other people's short films and to check out their weekend challenges, in case you want to try one for practice.

McConnell Library - students can checkout camcorders, tripods, DSLR cameras, and audio recorders. The default period is three days, and it's a good idea to make a reservation in advance (contact the Front Desk). You might also consider spending some time with the camera you'll be using before you check it out to shoot your movie.

Apple iMovie Tutorial - a brief, narrated video tutorial on using Apple's iMovie. If you're a Mac user, this is for you.

Windows Movie Maker Live Tutorial - a brief, narrated tutorial on using Microsoft's free video editor. If you're a Windows user, this is for you.

Windows Movie Maker Live download - if you need to get the software, download it.

Audacity - a really great, freeware audio editor for Windows or Mac. Good for recording voice, mixing multiple tracks together, special audio effects. etc. Click link to download. If you need help getting started, download the quick reference.

CITL New Media Center - if you need to speak with someone about questions you have or how to do something -- or, if you need access to a computer for editing, then this is the place. Email citl@radford.edu with general questions, or to set up an appointment with one of our staff, or to make a reservation to use a video editing station.

DSLR video tips - a short document containing tips for using a DSLR camera to shoot video. Anyone with questions can also email citl@radford.edu for info or to set up an appointment to talk about it.

Additional Media

Creative Commons Search - use to search Flickr, Google, SoundCloud, etc., for open-license images and audio to use in your movie.

Vimeo Music Store - use to find open-license music and sound to use in your movie.

The Free Sound Project - use to find audio and sound effects for your movie (you have to sign up to download stuff, but it's free).

FindSounds.com - use to find sound effects (household, nature, etc.) to use in your movie. TIP: search for 16-bit/44100 format WAV or AIF files.

The Internet Archive - use to find public domain or open-license media to use in your movie.