Editors from Utopic, Hootenanny, Cutters Win Camp Kuleshov

Editors from Utopic, Hootenanny, Cutters Win Camp Kuleshov

The spirit of Lev Kuleshov was felt from coast to coast over the past week as AICE Chapters across the country and in Canada held their 2016 International Camp Kuleshov trailer competitions for assistant editors, graphic designers and audio mixer/sound designers.

The Chicago CK celebration was held Oct. 18 at Fremont Chicago, the cavernous restaurant and nightclub. As in the past, the chapter honored winners in two areas: its regular CK contest as well as its unique Tent City competition, which is open to anyone working at an AICE member company regardless of position or job function, provided they’re not already working as full or assistant editor, designer or mixer.

The Editorial Camp Kuleshov winner in Chicago was Assistant Editor Jarrad Quadir of Utopic for “Red Hearts,” his genre-bending twist on “Red Dragon,” the third of the Hannibal Letcher films, recast as a Parody. First Runner-Up in Editing also went to a Utopic assistant: Adam Bruno, for “Prank Caller,” his Crime Comedy mashup of “Three Colors: Red” and “Red Dragon.” Second Runner-Up in Editing was Christina Bolanos of Hootenanny for her Crime Comedy version of “Red Dragon.” Honorable Mentions were presented to Ben Winter of Optimus for “The Goonies Part 3” and Kalen Kirkpatrick of Cutters for “The Neo Demon.”

In the Chicago Graphic Design category, the winner was Assistant Designer Mack Neaton of Flavor for her psychedelic, pop art-inspired title sequence for the concert classic “Woodstock.” Runner-Up in Graphic Design was Assistant Designer Peter Hebein of Protokulture for his cut-out animated opening for the UK action movie parody “Hot Fuzz.” Honorable Mention also went to an assistant at Protokulture, Scott Wilson, for his sequence for the thriller “Contagion.”

In Sound Design, the winner was Assistant Mixer Jordan Stalling of Particle Audio for his layered sound design for “Playtime.” Runner-Up was Assistant Mixer Brad Nayman, also of Particle Audio, for his tense sound design for the Joel Schumacher thriller “Phone Booth.” Honorable Mention went to Alex Paguirigan of Another Country, also for “Phone Booth.”

In Chicago’s Tent City competition, the Editorial winner also came from Utopic: Cole Freedman won for “The Canine Cannibal,” a Serial Killer/Cannibalism twist on the animated ‘Wallace & Grommet’ feature “A Close Shave.” Runner-Up in this category was Allie Fohrman of The Colonie for “The Bonus,” a Mob Film take on “National Lampoon’s Christmas.” Honorable Mention went to Adam Henkel of Optimus for “Scout's Honor.”

Under the new format adopted by AICE last year, all assistants in each participating chapter worked from the same set of source films and creative briefs. With a call for entries issued late this summer, already overworked assistants at dozens of AICE member post production companies set to work creating new trailers that presented existing films as of another genre or from a specific director, or changed them up entirely to create new films that never existed.

Once all the participating chapters have announced their winners, the First Place finishers in Editing, Sound Design and Graphic Design will compete against each other for the honor of being awarded “The Lev,” the International Camp Kuleshov Grand Prize in each category. In addition to receiving a special award named for the famous Russian film theorist who inspired Camp Kuleshov, the winners will receive cash prizes and their work will be recognized at the 2017 AICE Awards show in New York this May.

To view all of the winners from across the country, click here.