• Jarel Evans

Olivet Premieres Student Movie

Caleb Arthur, senior, the director of the student produced movie “Let Me Out” premiered his movie Nov. 12. The film was a parody movie based on the ghosts inside of the Conservatory that rumors the school. 

Actors and staff of the film reflect on the work process of the movie and how they were able to manage it.

John Barry, freshman, “The work process honestly wasn't too tedious. Everyone showed up and had a good time and a smile on their face when they left. Towards the end of filming, it did get a little more stressful just because we knew that we were very close to being finished so we wanted to hurry up and get it done and over with, but that's obviously not how you make a good movie”  

Julia Mellinger, junior, “The work process was long and hard, but definitely worth it. Everyone involved was dedicated and passionate about making sure the movie was a success.” 

The staff of the movie mentions their biggest challenges while filming and how they were able to overcome the adversity. 

John Barry mentions his personal challenges as a new actor “I think my biggest challenge was the late nights. As a freshman, I have a bunch of early morning classes, 7:50's and whatnot. “ he describes the settings “The first time we stayed out super late was the first time we tried to shoot the graveyard scene. We were out, freezing our hands off until about 2:30AM. Waking up the next day after that sucked.” 

Julia mentions her difficulties as an editor “My biggest challenge was definitely using Adobe premiere in the KC basement. It was constantly crash and erase a lot of progress which was definitely the most frustrating thing I’ve experienced in awhile.” 

The director, Caleb mentions his frustrations while being on set. “My biggest challenge was probably COVID. Someone who is in every scene contracted the virus and we had to pause filming for two weeks, which completely threw off our schedule. We ended up having to change the premiere date from October 29th to November 12.” 

The Staff of the audience reflects on the time it took to film the script and the time span it took to complete this film. 

Caleb talks about how they overcame the challenges of setbacks. “Filming took almost two months. The goal was to film for one month, and edit for one month, but we had countless issues that prevented us from filming. It was highly frustrating and discouraging, but each setback only motivated us more to keep going, to not give up, and to finish the project. My team believed in each other, and believed in me.”  

Actor, Emily Khol reflects on the challenges of filming. “So because of a bunch of hiccups and destruction of any and all schedules we had just due to outside factors, filming was only about a total of four weeks long, but in that four weeks we did A LOT. There was a straight week and a half period where we were filming or re-filming every night. It was rough, but we did it. “  

Julia reflects on how the time estimate affected her as editor. “Filming started in August, technically the filming finished in late October, but the last night before the premiere we realized a wardrobe issue in the very first scene so we had to reshoot that scene at 2am.” 

The staff of “Let Me Out” reflects on how rewarding it was seeing the film on screen 

Emily mentions her thoughts on premiere. “I'm pretty certain I can speak for everyone who was apart of the process when I say that the outcome was not what we wanted, however, I realize that from the perspective of the audience, the movie was funny and entertaining for them and overall enjoyable even if there were some errors. Knowing that it did genuinely make the audience happy made up for how we as a cast and crew felt about it in terms of how rewarding it was.” 

Caleb speaks on his reasoning for the movie. “What was so rewarding was stolen see the audience laughing and enjoying the movie. I didn’t really make this for myself, I did it to bring joy to others. To see so many people enjoying what we created meant the world to me.” 

Actor, Arthur Mccleney mentions how it felt seeing the film. “It was wonderful There Is No Greater Joy or feeling been getting the chance to see all your hard work and effort come together in a spectacular way and let everyone see what you're capable of” 

John Barry reflects on how all the hard work paid off. “You know when you've been in a plane for like 5 hours and you finally take that first breath of fresh air when you leave the airport? That's exactly what it felt like. We saw all our blood, sweat, and tears up there on that screen. There were some things we would for sure change about the movie in its current state, but I'm certain everyone working on it sees them too and they will get sorted out eventually.”

The process of the film took a while but these students have made it come to life. 

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