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Annual MNTC Red Carpet Film Festival April 12

Moore Norman Technology Center’s Digital Video Production and Graphic Design classes will host the 6th annual Red Carpet Film Festival at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Sooner Theatre in Norman. Tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance due to limited seating. Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at MNTC’s Franklin Road Campus inside the IT Building, or by calling 364-5763, ext. 4120 for more information.
Annual MNTC Red Carpet Film Festival April 12

Red Carpet Film Festival movie poster designed by Moore Norman Technology Center Graphic Design Student Sarah Minton

(NORMAN, Okla.) March 27, 2014 --The Red Carpet Film Festival exists to promote the expanding film community in Oklahoma and energize MNTC students’ creative spirit. The short films to be shown during the event are the culmination of MNTC students’ work from the DVP and Graphic Design classes.

The eight student-produced short films to be showcased are: “Betrayal,” “The Cardboard Keeper,” “The Man in the Woods,” “In Broad Daylight,” “Waffle,” “Stick Up,” “Dissonance” and “Call for a Good Time.”

Students in both DVP and Graphic Design complete a capstone course during their second year of instruction. DVP students write, shoot, direct and edit short films while Graphic Design students work as an advertising agency producing movie posters, DVD boxes, invitations and other print support materials for the event.

MNTC DVP instructors Amy Smith and Joe Magrini said their students developed, wrote and pitched their short film ideas to a panel of local film professionals in October. During the remainder of the fall semester they cast and shot their films. This semester the students completed post-production editing and color correcting on their projects.

Smith said, “Our students follow the production process in a very real-world way. With the Red Carpet Film Festival, we create a capstone experience for our students that goes beyond any normal classroom assignment.”

Executive Director of deadCENTER Film Festival and member of the Red Carpet Film Festival judges’ panel Lance McDaniel supports the goals of the event.

“The teachers create an environment that frees up the students to think creatively and work collaboratively. And, the Red Carpet Film Festival provides a professional platform for the students to share their films and learn from each other.”

Graphic Design Instructor Trisha Marlow said her students pitched their movie poster designs to a panel of local graphic designers at an open house event in February. The judges provided critiques and feedback for students while also selecting the posters that were then presented to the student directors in DVP.

“What impresses me every year about the design portion of this competition is how MNTC students regularly turn out work as sophisticated and creative as that done by students in the local college and university design programs,” said Skip McKinstry, Designer/Writer, and movie poster judge.

Marlow said, “The intent of this capstone project is to help students set goals and monitor their progress in maintaining them, to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills.”

Students from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma once again provided original scores and sound design for the movies. Chris Freihofer, CSA, with Freihofer Casting worked with DVP students and held a casting call to find local talent for the movies.

In addition to the feature short films, DVP first year students will present short shorts based on four provided titles.

Magrini said, “The festival helps students visualize and experience their future lives as graphic designers and filmmakers.”

For more information about the Red Carpet Film Festival, or to view movie trailers and posters, visit their website at

To learn more about MNTC’s Digital Video Production or Graphic Design classes, or to enroll visit or call 405-364-5763.

All Red Carpet Film Festival movie posters
were designed by MNTC’s Graphic Design students.

Poster captions:

  • Cardboard Keeper” designed by Alex Rodriguez
  • Betrayal” designed by Southmoore High School junior Sarah Minton

Anna Trowbridge, APR Media & Creative Coordinator Moore
Norman Technology Center
P: 405-364-7563, ext. 7575

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