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Let’s go to the movies

City College graphics arts student, Chris Currier, edits his film in his studio; the film will be entered in the 48 Hour Film Festival.
City College graphics arts student Chris Currier edits his film in his studio; the film will be entered in the 48 Hour Film Festival.

To many in Sacramento, having the train or light rail ramble by every 15 minutes may be disturbing and distracting. But to a man who says he lives by flowing with the current of life and enjoys simple, yet artistically creative outlets, hearing the rumble of the rails is more serene and inspiring than a nuisance.

Chris Currier lives by the motto, “Art imitates life; life imitates art.” In this case the artist imitates life and creates art by living behind the lens of a camera, and his love for art and the craft of filmmaking can be seen throughout all his projects.

Currier, who is in his third year studying graphic arts at Sacramento City College, has been involved in the film industry since the ‘70s, a time that marked the beginning of a progressive style heading towards the digital era.

Since then, Currier has watched the film industry transform from the methodical process of hand-made films to a modernized version that uses computerized programs in place of human hands. Some of his works were screened in April at the Sacramento City 48 Hour Film Festival.

“I was able to see and evolve with this entire industry, cause I knew it was going to be changing,” Currier says. “With each decade, I worked with the newest technology that was being introduced into the world of film and graphic art.”

Currier took part in such developments as books to floppy discs, CDs to DVDs, then flash drives to Secure Digital (SD) cards.

Born in 1962, Currier is part of an older generation returning to school to gain marketable knowledge. Currier has been able to get hands-on experience with the newest technological programming, such as Final Cut Pro, Illustration and AutoCAD.

“Starting in high school is when I first saw myself falling in love with this art form,” he says. “My [high school] teacher was really the whole reason I wanted to get involved in this industry. We made a working, functional camera and developed black and white film, and that’s when I first learned I had an eye for it.”

Since his days in his home region of Southern California starting with film printing and processing, Currier has watched the world of film evolve from a hands-on practice to something that’s done almost entirely with computerized technology.

Currier has honed his skills enough to participate in the famous Sacramento City 48 Hour Film Festival, held by the California Film Foundation.

The festival was started in 1993 by a group of Sacramento-based writers and filmmakers who had a vision to create an organization that would support the professional development of its members and establish the region as the capital of California’s independent cinema movement.The festival allows people like Currier and other local artists to have their works viewed.

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“We only have 48 hours to film, edit, write a script and process it all up into a DVD package,” Currier says.

According to Currier, his production team has changed every year he’s been involved, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“They bring different talents and capabilities that all are their own and different than everyone else on the team,” he says.

The 2013 festival began Friday, April 5, and submissions were to be finished Sunday, April 7. The films were then shown April 20 at the Sacramento Film Festival.

For the competition, the teams are given three criteria by the California Film Foundation that must be met in their films. The teams then have 48 hours to write, film and edit a film with all of the criteria.
First, the team is given a theme that can be any type of movie genre, ranging from revenge to romance to zombies. (Currier and his team, at random, selected
zombies for a second year in a row this year,)

Second, the teams are given a name that must be given to a character in the film. This year the team was required to name one of its actors “Toto.”

The third requirement that must be incorporated into the film is a well-known line or quote from a book, movie or song. This year’s chosen line was, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

Being a veteran participant in this festival, Currier says he has not only seen his skills improve, but he has also had the chance to work with amazing people with amazing talent and made films he is glad to have his name on.

“It doesn’t matter how other people perceive what you turn in or how they look at it,” Currier says. “As long as you check off what you have on the list of things you wanted to accomplish in the film and it gets completed, than that’s when I’m most satisfied on my work. Because it is something
you can be proud of.”

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