Imagine Cup Short Film World Finalist 2007
The Short Film Invitational highlights the art and science of telling a story. Students are challenged to share a perspective on the theme of the Imagine Cup, but moreover they are asked to express themselves in a unique medium that still challenges even the most veteran of filmmakers. From concept and storyboard, to footage and editing, these participants must be able to put it all together and move an audience. Unique perspectives and creativity abound in this process but the story must still come through the digital media and have a strong purpose and meaning. Only the most talented young filmmakers will even attempt such a feat.
Team Tear (Sri Lanka) consists of Jayanath Galahitigama, Tharaka Jayasekara, Ishara Perera and Isura Sandaruwan was among the six finalist at Imagine Cup 2007 Short Film category held in South Korea from 5-11 Aug 2007. Other finalists were from Brazil, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine.
Title of film: Little Girl
Background: We are first year undergraduate students at the University Of Colombo School Of Computing (UCSC). We are all getting our bachelor degrees in Information and communication Technology (BICT).
What inspired: After Microsoft representatives from Sri Lanka told us about the Imagine Cup 2007 we thought of competing in a different category and everything was new to us.
About the short film: â€œWhatever is said and done people are daily discriminated against for lack of wealth in most third world countries and their talents die out without being discovered.â€ All parents want the best for their children but in many cases they cannot fulfill their dreams. If all the parents had guardian angels to make their kidsâ€™ dreams come true the world would be a better place. This should be the part that technology should plays in education. In our story we focus on this issue and on what technology can do to improve the situation.
Technology/software used: Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effect, and Combustion were used to develop the film and Cue Base 3.0 and Reason 3.0 were used to compose the music. Most of the scenes were shot in daylight.
Favorite part of the Imagine Cup competition: Being at the Worldwide Finals and competing with the best teams is a huge task and challenge to us. At the beginning it was difficult for us to find funds and equipments to do our production. Now we are determined and confident and ready to give our best in the finals.
Plans after the Imagine Cup finals in South Korea: Share our experience with our fellow students at the university (as well as others outside the university) and encouraging them to take part in the coming Imagine Cup competitions.