Dillon Ward, a self-designed Storytelling Traditions in Cinema, Literature, Art, and New Media major, surpassed 1,500 entries from across the country to win the Thriller/Horror Short Film division of the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) for his script “The Ants Go Marching.”
Achievements like this drive momentum for future success in the industry. “I’ve already sent the short out to my industry contacts and have gotten great reactions and encouragement for me to make it,” Dillon said.
Getting started in a highly competitive field like film can be intimidating, but attaching a prestigious name like the NaFF to a film draws attention and attracts new opportunities.
NaFF Screenwriting Manager, Michael Wood said “In our first year hosting this competition, we read so many great screenplays. We can only imagine that filmmakers and producers from all over the globe will be clamoring to work with these writers.”
Dillon received the direction he needed to pursue lofty ambitions through the Honors College. The Honors College supports those choosing to forge their own course by opening resources for them. “The Honors College has been a great ally. I felt like the Honors College was there to help me figure out my own path. They encouraged risk taking and innovation,” Dillon said.
Dillon’s interests combine multiple diciplines, shaping his desire to create a unique major. His Honors College advisor Prof. Wolfgang Brauner walked him through the process. “Filmmaking is a combination of all the great art forms, so I am very fortunate and thank the Honors College for their flexibility and trust,” Dillon said.
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