Staff photo by Cole Dittmer
Students from the University of North Carolina Wilmington film a short student film entitled, “Sunday Best,” on the beach strand north of Crystal Pier Friday, March 14.
A group of film studies students from the University of North Carolina Wilmington used the beach strand north of Crystal Pier and the parking lot at Wrightsville Beach Public Access No. 36 as the set for the short film, “Sunday Best,” Friday, March 14.
Jonathan Mayo, one of the creators and a member of the production crew, said fellow classmate and the film’s director, Ryne Seals, wrote the short film. Mayo said the short film depicts a reunion between two old friends and the realization that one is suffering from a serious illness.
The film was not the first for many of the cast and crew on the production. Mayo said the group created another short film entitled, “Love and Affection,” in the fall of 2013 and submitted it to various film festivals like Cucalorus. Once the postproduction is completed in May, Mayo said “Sunday Best” would also be submitted for spring 2015 festivals.
“We want to just create as many films as we can so we decided to take on this project and we want to enter some festivals,” Mayo said. “The festival deadlines for the fall have pretty much passed so what we would be doing is editing this for festivals next spring.”
Other than the locations around Public Access No. 36, the film was also shot at Campus Walk Apartments on Racine Drive. Filming a total of around 16 hours in three days, Mayo said the reason for the compact film schedule was in part due to one of the two actors traveling from Florida for the production.
The locations at Wrightsville Beach where the group filmed fit the needs of the film perfectly, Mayo said.
“It is a location we really liked,” he said. “We had the typical two friends walking along the beach scene and then there was a scene for two friends waiting in line at the shower and Ryne [Seals] really liked that parking lot for that shot.”
Mayo said the film was not part of any class assignment or project but simply for the experience and the hope of one day having a submission accepted to a film festival.