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New IPR Instructor Cleaning Up on the Film Fest Circuit

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt, IPR’s newest screenwriting and video production teacher, set out to write a simple short film with very little dialogue and very few locations. Clean Cut – originally produced as an entry for Z Fest – did just that. The short film is set in a one-room studio, the dialogue consists of a few grunts and two or three lines  – and the leading role belongs to a robotic vacuum cleaner.

 Andrew, along with Producer Jason Wallace, Cinematographer Ben Enke, and editor Jeremy Wanek made a sweep of the award ceremony at Z Fest, taking home Best Picture and Best Comedy, along with the Audience Award.
Clean Cut has been an official selection at the Corto Creativo Film Festival, the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, the West Virginia FILMmakers Festival, the South Dakota Film Festival, the Post Mortem International Short Film Festivaland the Twin Cities Film Fest. It was most recently awarded the prize for Best Short Film at the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival.
“We wanted to make a really simple, really funny film,” he says with a grin, “and one that looked good. We shot it on a Black Magic Pocket Camera. I kind of wanted to make a point that it’s not the gear that makes the picture.”And what is Andrew’s next short film project? “I’m headed up to the Iron Range to shoot a short film this November… and I’m really leaning towards shooting it on my iPhone 6s.”

In the meantime, you can find Andrew in the halls at IPR, on his way to his advanced screenwriting class; or in the studio at our satellite campus, teaching production to the DVMP‘s second-year students. An enthusiastic instructor with a natural teaching ability and contagious energy, Andrew is just a couple weeks into his first term as an instructor at IPR, although he has served as a guest speaker in the past.

Andrew made his debut to the nation in 2007 as a contestant on the a contest-style reality show from Fox called On the Lot. The show accepted 12,000 submissions from around the world, all from up-and-coming filmmakers. Fifty of those filmmakers, including Andrew,  where named by producer Steven Spielberg as semi-finalists on the show. In the end, Andrew was among the final six contestants to survive. Since 2007, Andrew has been working in television drama and commercially at places like Augsburg Fortress and Shop NBC.

This summer, Andrew wrapped production on Miles Between Us, his feature directorial debut, and is in development on his second feature, Deadmen. Additionally, Andrew will be debuting a 10-Part web series entitled, “Gods@Play” in the winter of 2015 – as well as shooting that short on his phone.





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