It’s not every day you get a hands-on experience on a professional film set.
Students at the University of Mary were able to do just that.
A collaboration of two professors at the University of Mary resulted in short film.
It’s titled “You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” and it’s a love story between a man on the run and a blind woman.
“So this was a longer film and this really captured the landscape in a unique way and was a more complex story. So, we’re excited for our North Dakota audiences to see it,” says Daniel Bielinski, the writer and producer of the film.
Their students were able to work on set as a part of their education.
Bielinski joked that the best part was the free labor, but was appreciative of the help they received.
“It gave them that hands-on experience, you know, in the trenches with their professors that I think is very unique for especially a liberal arts university in the Midwest.”
The director and editor of the film, professor Marek Dojs enjoyed working with the students.
He made sure to take extra time to help them learn.
Dojs says, “So even when I’m on set, and I’m in the midst of doing something, or busy doing something, I will always kind of take just a couple minutes and explain what I did to, you know, so students can understand”
What makes this film so unique is that it wasn’t created in Hollywood, rather right in our backyard in New Salem.
“Its very rare to find a film that’s created about a group of people by a group of people. You usually have people from the west coast telling the North Dakotan stories. Why not have a North Dakotan tell a North Dakotan story?”
The whole process started in December of 2015, and it’s ending with the premier on November 16th at 7pm.
For more information: http://www.beautifulcrazymovie.com/