A week ago I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the team that helped put on Asbury University's 10th annual Highbridge Film Festival. If the anniversary for the event and the program it represents wasn't enough, it was also the first time the event was available to those not attending in the flesh. A small group of ambitious and talented students decided to go the extra mile and make this anniversary both memorable and accessible; they created a simulcast.
The entire event was broadcasted live on the internet for people all over the globe. Many of the school's alumni tuned in from various countries and timezones to see the films and feel the excitement surrounding the classiest event on campus.
I was fortunate to be asked to help with this added accessory to the Highbridge program. I operated a Canon XA25 used to interview guests, judges, and filmmakers on their way into the event. My crew also conducted the opening, intermission, and closing packages.
Overall, for a first attempt at a simulcast put on almost entirely by students, the result was successful. The dean of the Media Communications department, Dr. Jim Owens, received many emails and phone calls from people expressing their joy at being able to virtually attend the festival. It not only expanded the community, but also gave Asbury and it's presenting filmmakers a new platform to strive for excellence.
I am honored to have been a part of this groundbreaking project, even if in such a small way. If you would like to have a glimpse at what we made and how Highbridge is conducted, we recorded our simulcast for your convenience.