CMU, I Love You showcases student directors
Students put together an impressive selection of films for a memorable Carnival experience
By Jing Jing Li, The Tartan, April 19, 2010
As the minutes dragged on, the anticipation built for the much–talked–about collaborative film CMU, I Love You, a film made by Carnegie Mellon students and put together by the CMU Filmmaking Club. The idea was similar to that of the recent films New York, I Love You and Paris, je t’aime, which are collections of short clips about love that take place in each respective city. CMU, I Love You featured 13 short clips about such interpretations of love in and around campus. The stories ranged from abstract ideas to clichéd love stories.
The film started off with “Chemist” by master’s student James Wong, which shows moments of different people’s lives as they experience love or the lack thereof. The short film is done with voiceover, sometimes presented in dialogue and other times as thoughts inside people’s heads. One memorable, touching scene was of a girl waiting to meet a guy at a bus stop, but the guy never showed and she eventually left.
One of the more notable skits was “Books” by sophomore art major Benjamin Welmond, which took place in an imagined Hunt Library where books move off shelves without the help of students. Cleverly animated, the main characters are two male illustrations that literally come off the pages of a book and happen to spot a photograph of a highly attractive woman in a book. However, as a student opens the door, the books hurriedly rush back to their proper places. The student takes the book containing the woman and leaves.
“Yes, No, Maybe” by junior drama major Kendra Chapman is a bittersweet story about taking chances. A girl walks into a study lounge where a guy is already studying. He is obviously interested in her, while she hardly notices him. When she walks away, he writes a note asking her out with the options “yes”, “no”, and “maybe” on it, and slips it into her book. She soon comes back with another guy who she is obviously interested in. The original guy looks crushed and leaves after she discovers the note.
Another scene, titled “Love Rendered,” by senior business and social and decision sciences double major Megan Larcom (and the Love Rendering Crew) questions various people around campus about their passion for their field. People interviewed include Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon. Some of the questions are serious and directed towards their love of their studies, while others are funny and silly, like their opinions on the possible future creation of a love simulator.
“Tale of Two Majors” by sophomore general H&SS major Connor Fallon and junior humanities and art major William Pettijohn Hernandez was a crowd favorite and is based on the funny stereotypes of drama and computer science majors. It features a Romeo and Juliet-type love story between a female drama student and a male computer science student. Their friends are concerned about their respective choice in partner and how their love affects their school work. To deal with the criticisms, the couple decides to change majors.
Every scene of this film was worth watching, and it was remarkable to see the efforts of our fellow students displayed on the big screen. Let’s hope that this exciting Carnival event will become an annual Midway tradition.