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Emerson student film: A taste of what’s to come this year

Rachel Choi

The spring semester is well underway, and Emerson College’s student filmmakers are working hard to produce, film, and release films and TV shows in 2024. 

With so much in store, The Beacon has complied a rundown some of the productions being finished this year. As student film is at the core of our school, it is important to support fellow students’ art by seeing how their hard work has paid off in these films.

Extra Emerson EIV

Emerson College’s talk show “Extra Emerson” has already released its first season and is now hiring for its second. The talk show focuses on entertainment, primarily film, and is executively produced by sophomore visual and media arts students JR Bestemen, Lexica Taylor, and Chris Fase.

Framheim EIV

This short film is set to shoot this spring and is being produced by junior VMA major Rebecca Crompton and sophomore VMA major Spencer Clery. It describes itself as a “theatrical comedic drama.” Their logline: “A group of student playwrights embark on a journey to write a play about the first South Pole expedition, but the lines between story and reality blur in a struggle for creative control.”

Stacks EIV

This comedy mockumentary is produced by sophomore VMA majors Owen Mitchell, Anansya Latka, and freshman VMA Sophie Rasmussen. It is filming this spring. It describes itself as “‘Abbott Elementary’ but for college students.” Its logline: “Student employees learn to embrace the chaos of the college library they are employed at.”

Freak Show FPS

Emerson production company Frames Per Second’s 2024 Freshman Narrative film “Freak Show” is written and directed by freshman VMA major Jessie Morales. It is being produced by freshman VMA majors Lizzie Dolce and Beckett Hobbs, and the film is now hiring. Its logline reads, “A non-binary person combats the social realities of being openly transgender and the internal struggle of gender dysphoria while maintaining a cis identity towards their family.”

Wallaby Drew’s Wild Adventures FPS

This is the second film being produced by Frames Per Second this year. Made by sophomore VMA major Luke Stagg, its logline reads: “The former child star of an Australian kids’ nature program confronts her past on her way to buy a pack of beer.”

Backyard Boston EmChan

This TV show returned to television last September after a four-year hiatus. The production is dedicated to creating the ultimate student’s guide to all things Boston.

Rumination BA

This film considers itself a psychological horror and is scheduled for filming this spring. It is written and directed by senior VMA student Parker Anderson. Its logline reads: “A troubled artist wrestles with the creation of his self-portrait, navigating the turbulent waters of self-doubt while embarking on a profound journey of self-discovery.”

Midnight Relic BA

This production is set to film during two upcoming weekends, at the beginning and end of March. It is inspired by films such as “All the President’s Men,” “Blow Out,” and the documentary series “Wormwood.” Directed by senior VMA student Bray Evans, its logline reads, “A young woman invites a man back to her hotel room, though unbeknownst to him he is now the subject of a sinister human experiment.”

Hermit or: The Immortality of the Crab BFA

This thesis film is currently in the post-production process. It is written and directed by senior VMA major Oliver Cubillos and produced by senior VMA major Anthony Paladino. Its logline reads, “A disgruntled shopkeeper must save his pet store from imminent closure—and himself from a descent into madness.”


Sophomore VMA major Haley Gabelsberg is currently making this independent film and shoots from March 1 to 3. Its logline reads, “Over the course of a few months, a tight-knit group of female friends have a series of conversations about growing up and finding their place in the world.”

Close Friends

Backed by the production company Antemeridian, this short film was created by senior VMA major Ellie Propp. It incorporates both live-action and animated elements and is of the horror genre. Its logline is: “A teen is haunted by their past, and it says they want to be close friends.”

These production companies and independent filmmakers at Emerson work tirelessly each semester to produce original films covering a wide variety of subjects and stories. Uplifting these creative voices is an indispensable part of student life at Emerson College.

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Sasha Zirin
Sasha Zirin, Assistant Living Arts Editor
Sasha Zirin is a journalism major and Assistant Living Arts Editor with a passion for art criticism. They love to cover film and take photos. They started on the Beacon as a correspondent in fall 2022 and have been around since. They’ve been on the editorial team for EM Magazine since fall 2022 as well. Outside of writing and taking photos, you’ll often find them drawing/painting, listening to music, and watching a lot of movies.

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