Weber State University’s Studio 76 is heading to the international film festival, Filmapalooza, after raking in awards at a local competition on Jun. 10.
“If the Shoe Fits,” a short film created by WSU students, won awards for Best Film, Best Directing, Best Sound Design, and Best Use of Character at the 48-Hour Film Project premiere.
“How (the project) works is you really can’t do a lot of creative planning outside of the matter,” said Kalie Pead, the director and writer of the film. “Friday night at 6 p.m., you get your genre. They provide you a character name and what that character does.”
Studio 76 had to incorporate a shoe designer named Samuel Powell. The prop was a high-heeled shoe and the line was “I was wondering if you could help me.”
Schuylar Hudson was the main actor and assisted with audio on set.
“You have to incorporate all those into what you write, and they do that to make sure that whatever you write is actually being written in those 48 hours,” Hudson said.
Although Pead and Andrea Baltazar, digital media and Studio 76 adviser, were the main writers and directors of the script, Hudson helped with the plot line.
Hudson plays Charles Vaughn, a homosexual man who wants to try drag, which is wearing women’s clothing while exaggerating the feminine aspect.
“We talked about doing drag just because we thought it would be fun and theatrical and would stand out,” Hudson said.
The film begins with Vaughn as a young boy and follows him as he explores what a drag queen is, as well as how it creates a conflict in his family.
“Drag isn’t the same thing as being transgender or anything like that,” Hudson said. “It’s an art form. It’s the same way that you play a character on stage. Your drag queen is your character you portray.”
Hudson explained that although winning and having fun was important, teaching was a main goal in the creative process.
“In Studio 76, I have this goal of everything we do is always better than the last time. If we can win two awards this time around, that’s great,” Pead said. “We doubled my initial plan of attack.”
Studio 76 will be heading to Florida in March to screen their film at the international competition, and will hold another local showing in November.