Movie Camera Militia,
This year has been such a whirlwind of amazing things for me and many of them have come from this tight-knit family we’ve created. I can never acurately express how proud I am of the tremendous growth and talent I’ve seen in only these last two semesters! The passion that you have for filmmaking inspires me again and again to continue to learn new things about our industry. I can’t wait to see how much you will accomplish in years to come!
I want to thank Tony Jou for being exactly the person that MCM needed this year. I remember being in LA last summer and listening to all of your grand plans for our little militia. They sounded far-fetched at the time, but look at MCM now. We are the largest RSO on campus! Without your extreme dedication and persistance, we wouldn’t have come this far.
A special thank you to Chris Parr is needed as well. Your unwavering support for us as students and for what we create is truly the greatest gift. You’ve stood by us through our worst and best moments and without your continued effort to fight for this talented group of individuals, we would have struggled to prove how necessary this RSO really is. Thank you, Chris.
And now, some advice for the members who are carrying on our legacy next year: Be humble. Be respectful. Be confident and creative. Continue to learn. Remember to recognize talent in others. Give everyone a fair chance. And feed your crew!
Thank you all for being so wonderful. Now go make some movies!
Former Secretary 2012-2013
To the greatest Militia there is,
I want to say thank you for an amazing year. I can’t believe how much we accomplished in just two semesters! We grew as students and as a family. I cannot wait to see what all of you can do with the rest of your schooling and as you move out into the industry. I believe what we have here at SIU and MCM is a very special thing and am glad we are all a part of it. This family will only get stronger and better at their craft and that is an exciting thing to think about.
I want to thank Tony for allowing me to work alongside him even though part of the time my focus went to Vera. You are very understanding and extremely hard-working and I knew when you became President that we were going to have a great year.
I was one of the fortunate ones to have been at the very first MCM meeting and direct the first film. It is an amazing feeling to have my roots so deep in MCM and it is sad to say goodbye. I wish the best of luck to all the new board members. I made my very best friends in this group and I wish that for all of you as well. Continue to work hard and push boundries. Find the stories you want to tell and tell them the best way you can. Cinema is a miraculous thing, and we have the power to do amazing things with it. We will be waiting for you in Hollywood and will welcome you with open arms when you get there.
Thank you again and God Bless,
Former Vice President 2012-2013
First and foremost, I’d like to thank all the board members for their tremendous effort in making this year one to truly remember. Without all of them, MCM wouldn’t be where it is at today. Thank you to our faculty advisor, Chris Parr, for helping me out this year with all the great things we wanted to do. Going from a group of 15 to the largest RSO at SIU comes with a lot of work and Chris was always there to support me and help me out in any way he could. Thank you Chris, I am forever grateful!
It’s crazy how fast the year went by and I can’t believe it’s almost over for all of us. I remember meeting all the new students as if it was yesterday. They were all intimidated, nervous and scared. Yet they were all excited and ready to learn new things. I am so amazed by how fast some of the new students picked things up and I have no doubt in my mind that they will be amazing next year. I hope they continue the legacy of passing knowledge down to the students, just as we did.
After the Red Carpet, I talked to the students who will be coming back next year and I have never seen a fire lit like that before. They are so eager for next year to start so they can share their stories and prove to the world that this is where they belong. I wish them the best of luck and I am honored to have been part of that intial motivation.
The underclassmen weren’t the only ones making noise this year though. Watching the juniors come into their own was amazing too. I remember some of them when they first came to SIU and now I see future leaders in their eyes. I’ve literally watched them grow for the past 3 years and now as the current seniors are leaving, we graciously step down and allow the new leaders to take on the adventures to come. I wish them the best of luck and I can’t wait to see what they achieve.
And lastly, I would like to thank all of our supporters. It is not easy to try to start something new from the ground up and if it wasn’t for your caring support, we couldn’t have done it. Although we are now the largest RSO, our family is still small. It will continue to grow and grow as we get more alumni, but for right now, we are a tiny and passionate family. That makes your support mean so much more because you were at our side when we were still the underdogs. Thank you for being there even before all the success we had this year.
We, the graduating class of 2013, will continue to do great things in the real world with your love and support. Our MCM family is slowly making its way out to the world and we hope it continues to grow as years go by. Good luck Chris Parr! Good luck future board members! And good luck Movie Camera Militia! I will truly miss our time together.
Former President 2012-2013
Matthew Wozniak and Lauren Pruemer will be graduating this year as well. Thank you for being a part of the team.
Aaron Mager, Daniel Sliwa and Reed Hoekstra will be joined by the new members of the board for the 2013-2014 year.
President: Johnathan Guberud
Vice President: Andrew Harless
Secretary: Megan Adams
Treasurer: Joshua Steffes
Head of Screenwriting: Aaron Mager
Head of Editing: Cara Gordon
Head of Art Department: Ashley Cradeur
Head of BTS: Daniel Sliwa
Head of PR: Reed Hoekstra
Make us proud!
If you are unable to make it to our Premiere tonight, you can still watch the whole thing right here! This is a link that will take you to our livestream where you will be able to watch all the festivities from home. We wish you could be there with us! The red carpet begins at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm central time. Enjoy the show!
SPREAD THE WORD!
We are going live with our ticket sales! To buy tickets click on the MCM Red Carpet Ticket button. It is $5 a ticket! The only way to pay for them is through PayPal. If you don’t have an account it is really easy to set up! Tickets will be handed out at will call.
The show will feature 8 short films made from MCM students and 1 Documentary about MCM’s 48 hour film fest. It also includes an actual Red Carpet Walkway, Movie posters of each MCM film, a photo gallery by Photogenesis, and more! Plus an after party for MCM at Bandana’s in Carbondale.
MCM would like to thank all those who helped donated and supported us throughout this entire process and we promise you that this will be a night to remember. Once again, we can not thank you all enough! See you all the 27th!
The time is drawing near for MCM’s first ever Red Carpet Event! We are so excited to be able to show our families and friends what we’ve been working so hard on this year. But to make it as grand as we want it to be, we are asking for a little help from anyone who is willing to donate to our event. Here is the INDIEGOGO PAGE where we’ve described what the event is going to entail and listed all the different perks you can get when you donate. Take a look and pass it around to other people you think might be interested in seeing what we are doing!
Thank you so much!
In light of recent events, I want to list all of the Movie Camera Militia social media sites that I am currently responsible for. These are the sites that I maintain and that represent the views of Movie Camera Militia:
All other sites that use the name Movie Camera Militia are not run by me and are no longer affiliated with our student organization.
I’ll see all the current members next week for our last pitch meeting of the year! We can’t wait to hear all of your great ideas!
Secretary of MCM
These past few days have been very busy for MCM. To Us, one of our productions this semester, officially wrapped this past weekend. To Us was written by Mike Hulyk and directed by Doug Cook. They finished their entire production in one, very long day! The little footage we’ve been able to sneak a peak at looks absolutely beautiful! Recollection, the other production we’ve been working on this month, was written by Holden Jones and directed by Aaron Mager. They finished principal photography this past weekend and just have a few pick- up shots left before they’re officially wrapped. Their editor has been working on the footage after each shooting day so they don’t fall behind the deadline.
More than ever, the crews this weekend have made it obvious why we started this group in the first place. All of the members of our group, (old and new,) have learned and grown so much since we first started our workshops and it is an honor to be able to work alongside all of these passionate and talented filmmakers.
If you would like to see the Behind the Scenes photos from these two shoots, please check out and ‘like’ our Facebook page!
Also, go to our Behind the Scenes section under our Videos tab to see BTS footage from A Little More Salt and Snickerdoodle!
Tonight was the award ceremony and it was a really fun night for all of us. We enjoyed watching all of the films, giving out awards, eating tasty snacks and chatting with good friends. Here are the judges’ results from the night:
Best Supporting Actor: TEAM T- FLEX
Best Actor in a Leading Role: TEAM T- FLEX
Best Use of Prop: TEAM TWO TAKE WONDERS
Best Use of Character: TEAM T- FLEX
Best Use of Line: TEAM T- FLEX
Best Use of Genre: TEAM PUP ‘N SUDS
Best Production Design: TEAM PUP ‘N SUDS
Best Editor: TEAM TWO TAKE WONDERS
Best Director: TEAM T- FLEX
Best Cinematography: TEAM PUP ‘N SUDS
Best Picture: TEAM T- FLEX
MCM Choice Award: TEAM TWO TAKE WONDERS
Congratulations to Team T- Flex for taking home the BEST PICTURE award of the night!
Thank you to Jennifer Gonzalez for taking the lovely photos of our three teams and thank you to Lilly Boruszkowski, Hong Zhou, Antonio Martinez and HD Motyl for being our wonderful judges this year.
The Sugar Cookie trailer will be posted this week. Remember to like us on Facebook for all of our latest updates!
Our 2nd annual 48 hour was a wonderful success! Three teams participated this year and we had a lot of fun competing against each other to see who could write, film, edit and turn in the best short film within 48 hours. And as if that wasn’t hard enough, we added specific tasks that every team had to complete. Each team had to have the following things in their films:
Character/Occupation- Ivan/Ivana the bouncer, Prop- a squirt gun, and Line- “Trust me, this is going to hurt.” Each team also had to pick their Genre out of a hat. Team Two Take Wonders got Horror/Suspense, Team Pup ‘n Suds got Drama and Team T-Flex got an On the Road film.
Though there was some light- hearted trash talk at the first meeting about who was the best, it wasn’t long after everyone split up and went to their “headquarters” that they started hounding Tony, Chris and the BTS crew for information on the other teams. It’s funny how fast you lose your confidence when you run into some challenges and trust me, each team definitely had their own unique difficulties during this process. Whether it was overcoming their genre, getting pulled over by the cops, losing crew members because they had to be actors, standing out in the freezing rain or filming exterior night scenes during prime partying hours, this journey was by no means easy.
But now that the crew members have all caught up on sleep and had some actual nutritious meals, I think you would be hard- pressed to find anyone who did not enjoy themselves this past weekend. We want to say a special thank you to Tony and Chris for organizing this event. You both did a great job keeping everything organized and split your time well between each team. Thank you so much for all your hard work. This festival would not have been a success without all of your preparation and motivation.
We are having the critique and award ceremony on Martin Luther King Day. Three or four cinema professors/faculty will be watching our films and telling us the things they enjoyed and the things that could be improved or changed. Awards will be given out for different categories and the team that wins Best Film will get to tighten up their edit and show it at the MCM red carpet event towards the end of the semester! There will be another post next week telling you which films won each category. Stay tuned!
If you want to see more pictures from the 48 hour, visit our public facebook page and take a look at our latest photo album.
Happy New Year, everyone! We know we got a little behind on our blog posts at the end of last semester… but it’s a new year, a new start and we are ready to show you more of what our amazing students can do!
At the end of last semester, we completed two more short films and have added them to our MCM filmography. Josh Steffes got a chance to write and direct the film Sleuth, while Tyler Chance got to watch his script, Tenderness, come to life with the help of director, John Guberud. Both crews did a remarkable job and we can’t wait to start sharing trailers and behind the scenes footage of the films very soon. Be on the look out for those in the coming weeks.
This weekend we are having our 2nd annual MCM 48 hour film festival! We’ve gathered a great group of MCM students and formed them into 3 crews that will be competing with each other to see which crew can make the best short film in 48 hours! Each crew will be given certain requirements that must be executed in order for the film to be considered finished. Examples of possible requirements are: a specific genre, the use of a certain prop, or a line that a character must say. Making a film in 48 hours is tough enough as it is… but we have faith that this group of filmmakers will produce some great work over the course of the weekend! Let’s start this semester off with a bang!
Be sure to check out our Production Stills tab for new photos through out the semester!
Well… with shooting the first round of films that is. MCM did an amazing job! Not only did they complete production on two short films during the same weekend, they also managed to help another student run organization, Studio A, with their production as well!
But there ain’t no rest for the wicked. Now it’s on to post-production. The final stage in this amazing adventure called film-making. With only one week left to go, it’s up to our Editors to bring us home. Good luck guys!