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November 19, 2003
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Tech Student Film Nears Completion
Shooting completes this week for South Dakota Tech’s campus Drama Club production of “Snooze,” a student-authored movie about a college student dealing with life's struggles as he copes with a terminal illness. The movie team plans a pre-Christmas-break release.
The film crew will shoot scenes at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Student Health Center, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Room 252 of the Electrical Engineering/Physics Building.
Tech senior Nick Newell wrote the script for the stage. He reworked the script for the screen when construction closed down the campus stage for the semester and the usual fall stage production became impossible. Students have filmed the movie almost entirely on campus. Locations include dorm rooms, classrooms, the Health Center and other campus locations. The crew shot one other scene at a local golf course.
The cast stars Nick Newell as college student Max Nathens. His roommate, Germaine, played by Sam Tlustos, seems more interested in playing video games than connecting with Max. Girlfriend Jasmine, played by Jennie Christensen, gets angry with Max for standing her up for a date, not knowing that he was admitted to the hospital. Dr. Frowen, played by Matt Frederickson, is very clinical and administrative in his bedside manners. He delegates the job of giving Max bad news to his assistant, Kaleb, played by Justin Betz. Brittany Douglas plays the professor who casts Max in a school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The cast is rounded out with Dr. Patricia Mahon, Tech’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and director of Drama Activities Bob
Faubert, who play Max's parents. They have already lost a daughter in a car accident, and now face the prospect of losing a son to a terminal disease.
The movie takes us in and out of Max's "snooze dreams," the dreams he has in the nine minutes his alarm clock allows when he hits the snooze button. The story includes some light moments as Max pursues his dream of becoming a mentalist.
“Snooze” is a full-length movie. Cast and crew have spent the past several weekends shooting scenes in six-hour stretches. Justin Betz will take the raw footage and edit the scenes into the final cut. The film will include an original soundtrack, and at least one new song. The production is directed by Bob Faubert.
Bob Faubert, 394-6052
Nick Newell, 391-6745
Wednesday, Nov. 19: 4 p.m., Student Health Center, Surbeck Center
Saturday, Nov. 22: 9 a.m., Electrical Engineering/Physics Building Room 252
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