Carnegie Mellon University
July 24, 2020

Student Pandemic Short Films

Nick Ryan

As a way to provide a positive pedagogical and social connection for the always enthusiastic film majors and minors, Professor Jeff Hinkelman presented those enrolled in the Film and Visual Media program with a simple "Pandemic Film Challenge."  Students were asked to create a short film that commented on some aspect of their pandemic experience, which could take whatever form seemed most appropriate to them - documentary, narrative or abstract.  The only condition was that the film be under five minutes long.  Since many active film projects were disrupted by the difficulties of social distancing, this was an opportunity to provide an alternative creative outlet.  From animation to live-action, comedy to memoir, you are invited to view some of their finished works.