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Guest Blogger Kim Davis - 3 Reasons "Ghost, Blood and Zombies 2015" is Ghoul Enough for You

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Author Kim Davis is a recent college graduate from John Brown University. As an intern at AETN, she helps with production for LOUPE and student programs. She’s pursuing self-awareness, a career in film and television production, and trying to restrain herself from collecting every puppy that needs a home.

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1.) Something borrowed turned into something new 

Think you’ve heard all the horror stories? You’ve seen “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Walking Dead,” “Supernatural” and “The Shining”? So, what stories are these kids telling that hasn’t been told before? This new generation of storytellers have a range of familiar horrifying tales weighing on their minds: Creepy dolls coming to life, humans turned to some mix of zombie and rabid dog, sacrificing family, contemplation of human nature in adversity, deadly boyfriends, and men in masks hiding and laughing in the woods. However, each storyteller has a singular background, influence, and taste. Tune in to see how these student creators work their magic to transform an old thread into something chilling and entertaining. 

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2.) Southern Tinge

Filmed in Arkansas, created by Arkansans, there is beautiful scenery. From lush rolling green hills and gravel roads to sunrises reflecting off lakes and flittering through trees, these short films will really remind native Arkansans just how handsome the state is. Then, there are sweet southern lilts and crazy, exuberant hillbillies. It’s Arkansas, what more can you ask for? 

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3.) Student Ambition:

The students who put time, creativity, and work into these films are unique. Each film expressed the students’ understanding of key filmmaking tools: sound and lighting. The students know how to use these tools to make the audience feel the way an audience is supposed to feel in a horror film: worried, suspenseful, frightened. However, the students knew more than just lighting and sound. Between natural-feeling dialogue, setting up situations where we start to worry and care about the protagonists’ safety, and using images to direct the audience’s attention, it’s clear that the students see the fundamentals of cinematic storytelling.

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Featured student films include:

  • “The Gift,” Springdale High School – A group of high school students find a box labeled “do not open,” and, true to form, they open it. Soon, strange things begin happening to the three students. The film was written by Zach Burton, Spencer George, Libby Herman and Russell Dezner. Diego Malagon and Jonathan Alvarado edited the film. Bulldog TV Production includes: Alvarado, Malagon, Alfredo Jorge, Brenda Pina, Gesselle Magana, Russell Denzer and Libby Herman.
  • “The Darwin Theory,” Har-Ber High School (Springdale) – “The Darwin Theory” is the story of survival for two brothers as the impending apocalypse changes the world that they know. The film was directed by Brandon Buccheri and edited by Wil Church, Brandon Buccheri, Cory Wood and Joseph McCulley.
  • “The Lost Woods,” Nettleton High School – Three young people try to find an occult group rumored to be living deep in the woods. They plan to document what they find for a class project. The film was co-directed by Grayson Hall and Adam Brown and edited by Brown. Andy Warren served as videographer.
  • “Dead End,” Har-Ber High School – An apocalypse survivor fights to keep his will to live. The film was directed by Andrew Lisle and filmed and edited by Lisle and Robert Crisp.
  • “Vasudeva,” Fayetteville High School – After a young woman on a camping trip wakes to find her companion has vanished, she is rescued by a kind family. But, is everything as it seems in this psychological thriller? The film was written, directed and scored by Joey Largent and edited by Scott Wood. Director of photography was Nolan Foster.
  • “She's in There,” Nettleton High School – Two high school students try to find a backpack in a darkened auditorium. Separated, strange sounds and visions lead to each student’s disappearance. The film was directed by Valerie Tamez. Craig Miller served as videographer and editor. 

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