A student and recent graduate of Humboldt State University were recognized for their creativity and talent through California State University at CSU’s 30th Annual Media Arts Festival.
Established in 1991 to support students studying film, broadcasting, video, screenwriting, and media, the competition helps bridge the gap between students and professionals by providing a critical review of student work by industry leaders.
2020 Film Graduate Rhett Davis and Alice Nicole Peterson were recognized in a virtual awards ceremony, each taking home a prize of $ 250. Their winning submissions were original screenplays adapted from class writing assignments in the Department of Theater, Film and Dance at HSU.
Davis, a film major, wrote a dystopian sci-fi horror script that he originally wrote for his âWriting for Filmâ class with David Scheerer. Entitled “Happy Birthday, Eve”, the script tells the story of Alea and Javar, a young couple who are expecting a baby. After moving into their new home, the couple find a safe containing a creepy message from their future daughter, Eve.
âAfter the positive feedback from the competition judges, I hope to continue writing ‘Happy Birthday Eve’ in a feature film,â said Davis. “I usually write non-fiction, but I wanted to explore my creative side and horror is my favorite genre of film.”
After graduating this spring, Davis plans to continue writing.
Peterson, a film major who graduated last spring, originally wrote her screenplay, “Aperture Adventures,” for a timed exam as part of a screenwriting seminar.
âMy story is that of an elderly couple who leave a photo store after developing 67-year-old film. Looking at the photos, they discover an interesting family secret in the background, âsaid Peterson.
Peterson has been studying photography since high school and enjoys creative writing since he was a child.
âSometimes my writing can be whimsical and unconventional,â Peterson said. âI often wonder if my writing will click with readers – this time it does! “
Currently, Peterson is applying for graduate school and tries to be creative in writing whenever she can. She says it’s gratifying to be recognized among college students across California.
Of 129 submissions to this year’s festival, scripts by Davis and Peterson were among the 30 award-winning finalists.