Getting a chance to travel to Los Angeles and learn how to shoot a film with top-of-the-line equipment and personal guidance from industry professionals is something most cinema and photography students can only dream about.
But for Abigail Hauptman ’21 and Desiree Tolchin ’21, that was their reality last December when they were selected as finalists in the 22nd annual Coca-Cola Refreshing Films program.
The duo were flown to Los Angeles to participate in a program kickoff event and training session and given $15,000 and access to equipment and software from the contest’s technical partners: RED, ZEISS and Deluxe’s EFILM. Armed with those resources, they were tasked with creating a 35-second film about the magic of the movie-going experience.
The film, which they filmed in Ithaca, can be seen below.