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Montana Western hosts first film festival

University of Montana Western film students debuted their short films Wednesday, March 4, at the first Montana Western film festival.

Slide of animated movieA still from UMW student Logan Thomas' short animated film.A group of seven students created short movies for the visual arts class “Visual Language: Two-Dimensional Foundations.” 

The films where part of a project called “Time, Change and Motion.” Students were assigned to do some type of artistic project that portrayed movement. Some of the class chose to transformative drawings, photo sequences, stop action video, animation or film.

Each of Wednesday night’s films ranged in time from 30 seconds to two minutes. The film festival also included some work from the top filmmakers from classes in the past year.

“It was great to see students come out for the festival,” said visual arts professor Glenn Bodish. “I think the event is really exciting and we will continue to do this in the future.”

Logan Thomas, a freshman from Elliston, Mont., debuted his animated piece “The Burger Joint” at the festival. “The Burger Joint” was about 35 seconds long and featured a cook in the kitchen.

“It was really great to learn how to make an animation,” said Thomas. “That’s what I want to do when I graduate college, and Montana Western has a great art program to get me there.”