The first annual 72-Hour Horror Film Festival, hosted by the Bijou Metro, kicked off in downtown Eugene, Oct. 24
Several attendees flocked to the First National Tap House to register for the event. Contestants were a mix of local college <br/>students and public groups.
The contest required filmmakers to keep their films two to three minutes in length including credits, while incorporating a <br/>mandated line and prop.
The line: “I should know, sir. I’ve always been here.”
The prop: a tennis ball.
Both are from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining.
“This is a chance to create opportunities for people to get into production and to create the opportunities I wish I had as an aspiring filmmaker,” said Josh Purvis, promotions manager at Bijou and organizer of this event.
Lane student Chris White and Michael Maruska, an instructional support assistant for the Media Arts Department and a Lane graduate, collaborated with several other people to write and shoot Untitled.
In Untitled, neighborhood children are possessed by demons and begin killing off all the local adults. The beginning scene depicts the main character running into a house, kicking, then slamming, the door on a demonic young girl attempting to kill him.
“It turned more into a scene — more of a sequence of events than necessarily a story with a beginning to an end,” Maruska said.
“We filmed Saturday and Sunday night. … Basically, we got everything done in just a day and a half,” White said.
The winner was awarded $500 and his film was debuted before the Halloween screening of a 35mm print of The Shining. Matt Cornelius of Eugene created Repair, the short film that won. There was also a late-night viewing of The Best of the Fest at Blairally Vintage Arcade in Eugene. Poor sound quality resulted in a second showing at the Bijou Metro on Nov. 2, making up for the technical problems.
Editors Note: (Josh Purvis was a photographer at The Torch.)