Student film association serves community

Brandon Bills

Washburn Student Film and Video Association has plenty of options for students interested in filmmaking throughout this semester and beyond.

Jaycie Wiechman, WSFVA president, said the organization exists to let students get involved in video production with their peers.

“Our goal is to have something students can put in their portfolio,” said Wiechman.

WSFVA works closely with the mass media department. Last year, the organization redesigned the set for the WUCT news broadcast, the only student-run, live newscast in Kansas. The news program has been entered to compete for a Student Broadcast Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

“That’s really exciting for us,” said Shanley Cox, vice president.

Sunday night, WSFVA held an Oscar party as a fund raiser. It was held in the theater at the College Hill apartments. Attendees dressed up and walked down the red carpet. The party was complete with concessions and sandwiches. Attendees voted for who they thought would win in each category.

WSFVA is in preproduction for a short horror film, with plans to shoot sometime in March.

On April 25, WSFVA will hold a showcase for film projects. Anyone involved in film production, not just students, are encouraged to submit their projects for the showcase, said Leah Brown, special events coordinator.

WSFVA members also seek to use their skills to serve the community. In the coming months, members will be working with Visit Topeka Convention and Visitor Bureau for a video showing sites around Topeka.