UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A handful of Penn State students spend their senior years pursuing their passion as filmmakers — taking an idea from concept to script, followed by casting, shooting and editing with an eventual goal of screening at the year-end student film festival, and perhaps beyond.
It sounds straightforward, but for those involved it’s never simple. It’s a challenging educational experience that produces tangible and intangible results.
“It’s not just one person making a film. It’s coming to learn how much work goes into a film by so many people,” said senior film major Aaron Salada, the writer and director of “Voice in the Night,” a narrative he describes as a coming-of-age horror film. “I definitely have a better understanding of what a director and producer do and what a good core team does.”
The film is a passion project for Salada and a team that includes producer Kyra-Nicole Barkley, also a senior film major. They were the leaders of an award-winning documentary, “Murder in Happy Valley,” during their junior year.