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Group of students film local movie

Jan. 22, 2004

By Christie Slattery, reporter

A group of Baylor aspiring film makers made a film, funded entirely by telecommunications students, to give hope to Baylor students and others who experience pain.

The film, Crestfallen, was inspired by C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Crestfallen depicts a young man who lost his sister and questions God's justice.

During his time of doubt, a demon desiring to lure him away from God comes to him. The demon tempts the man, and in the end the man is forced to face his pain.

'I just hope that people see a story that they can relate to as far as enduring pain and struggles,' executive producer, Jonathan Miller, a Plano senior, said.

Throughout, the filming, those involved said they felt the provision of God on their project. Executive producer and director of photography, Kourtney Beauchamp, an Abilene junior, said it began to rain one day while filming outside. The group gathered together to pray for the rain to stop. A few moments later, their prayer was answered.

Not only did the students involved say they believe God watched over the filming process, but also over the project as a whole.

Baylor has invested a large amount of money in equipment for the communication studies department.

One piece of equipment in particular entrusted to the Crestfallen crew was a high-definition camera.

This $160,000 camera creates professional quality shots, according to the communication department.

In fact, Dr. Michael Korpi, chairman of communication studies, said that it is the same type of camera that was used to film movies such as Spy Kids and the recent Star Wars prequels.

'It is very unusual that undergraduate students are doing a project like this,' Korpi said. 'It required experienced people with the necessary expertise.'

Korpi required the students to go through the required pre-production process.

'I wanted to see if they were really up to taking advantage of the HD camera.' he said. Entrusting this expensive equipment to students was a serious step for the department, Korpi said.

Students who worked on the film were grateful for the opportunity to work with high definition technology and their responsibility was not taken lightly.

'We had a quarter of a million dollars worth of machinery entrusted to us. We would have to pay for it if anything happened,' Beauchamp said. 'But the camera is such good quality that the low lighting shots turned out gorgeous.'

Miller agreed and added, 'We felt very privileged and blessed to get to use the equipment.'

The process of making this film was slow and took time.

Students had to go through a time consuming pre-production process before filming could begin.

Other students involved included editors, production coordinators, engineers, gaffers and editing experts.

Beauchamp said she felt the Lord gave her a verse to hold on to during the long process.

'But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled,' she said.

'If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3.' Crestfallen was filmed at locations around the Waco area at the beginning of January.

One location included a cemetery off of La Salle Avenue, where the students filmed a scene.

Right now, the film is being edited at Baylor and will be completed some time in February.

The Crestfallen creators will enter the film in Baylor's Black Glasses Film Festival in May.

If the film is accepted, Baylor students will be able to watch it along with the others submitted.

For more information go to www.crestfallenmovie.com .