Conservatory of Performing Arts

Point Park film named as finalist for Student Academy Awards

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Requited, by seniors Mark Christian, cinematographer and writer, and Madeline Puzzo, director and production designer, is one of only nine films named as finalists in the “narrative” category.Lead actor Buck Smodic (left) and supporting actor Sergi Robles in Requited. Photo by Mark Christian

A Point Park University student film is a finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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A screen shot of the Requited film poster.Film poster

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“This visually stunning, moving picture is a result of an intense collaborative process,” says Nelson Chipman, chair of the cinema and digital arts department.

Requited is an authentic Western. Using a crew of 20, including many Point Park students, and cast of more than a dozen, seniors Mark Christian and Madeline Puzzo shot the film this winter in Gammons Gulch in Benson, Ariz., and Old Bedford Village in Bedford, Pa. The characters are based on those in a film Puzzo and Christian completed in 2011, The Kid

Requited is the senior thesis film for both students. Christian, from McLean, Va., will graduate with a concentration in cinematography. Puzzo, from Tuscon, Ariz., will graduate with a concentration in directing.

Chipman says having Point Park University represented in the Student Academy Awards is an honor that reflects the program’s dynamic growth and students’ intensity and drive.

“In many ways it reflects the ability of Point Park students to become skilled and well crafted in their concentrations. By the time they are seniors here, students have worked on more than two dozen movies each.”  

Prior to being represented in the Student Academy Awards competition, Requited was selected for Point Park’s 2012 showcase screening.  In mid May the cinema and digital arts students with works recommended for the showcase travel to Los Angeles to promote and introduce their work to industry professionals and Point Park alumni.

Christian and Puzzo are now waiting to hear if their film has been selected as one of the top three nominees in its category for the June 9 Student Academy Awards at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Video:  Requited Trailer

Video: ‘Requited, Behind the Scenes’

Photos courtesy of Randall Smith. Video and film poster courtesy of Mark Christian


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