12 AICE company assistants win Camp Kuleshov awards

Assistant editor Ben Winter, of now-departed Red Car, won the top 2013 AICE Chicago Camp Kuleshov annual competition for assistants at AICE member companies. Other Grand Prize winners were Hootenanny’s Kelsey Moher and Eddie Loera and Earhole’s Ricardo Mondragon. 

Winners were announced Wednesday night at a packed party and awards show at the Bottom Lounge. Camp Kuleshov is open to AICE Chicago member company assistants in editorial, audio engineering and design, while Tent City is for non-assistant staff.

Ben Winters, Camp Kuleshov Grand Prize winnerThe 2013 challenge was to create unique trailers for “original new films,” either movie mash-ups or new genres, working with footage from actor Kevin Bacon movies: “Footloose,” “Death Sentence,” Tremors” and “The River Wild.”

Winters’ entry, Planet of Rocks promoting a non-existent Discovery Channel nature series that studies the “fascinating” world of rocks, was culled from several Bacon films, among them “The River Wild” and “Tremors.”

His prize was an all-expense paid trip to New York next spring to attend the annual AICE national awards, and an Avid Media Composer 7.

In the Editorial categories, Beast assistant editor Spencer Sachs was first runner up for his trailer, “Blockbuster 6,” taking home a GoPro Hero3: White Edition.

Second runner up, The Whitehouse’s Travis Hochswender, won an Apple TV for his “Homeward Bound: The River Runs Through It” trailer.

Tent City winner and honorable mentions

Kelsey Moher, Tent City Grand editorial winnerIn the Tent City category for Editorial, Kelsey Moher of Hootenanny – who works in client service — won the Grand Prize for her comic take on the Bacon thriller “Tremors,” which became the comic love story, Valentine & Graboid.”

Her prize was a $50 Apple Gift Card.

Tent City honorable mentions went to Patrick Wong, a former Red Car production assistant, for “The Floor is Lava;” Michael Asmundson, a runner at Beast for “The Flatulent Man” and Colin Santangelo, an intern at Hootenanny, for “Footfellas.”

Audio Sound Design and Design winners

Assistant sound designers were tasked with creating an original sound design sequence for the Bacon sci-fi thriller “Hollow Man.”

Grand Prize winner was Earhole’s assistant audio engineer Ricardo Mondragon, for his campy sound design and audio mix – in Spanish, with English subtitles – for Hollow Man.

His prize was Avid ProTools software.

Honorable mentions: The Whitehouse’s Caleb Hepler for “Milk: the High School Years,” and Cutters’ Aaron Kiser for “The Saved.”

For Camp Kuleshov new Design competition, assistant designers were challenged to create an original opening title sequence that incorporated clips from all of the films used in the competition, plus the Camp Kuleshov logo and contest’s title, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”

Design Grand Prize winner was Hootenanny’s Smoke assistant Eddie Loera, who received a year subscription to Adobe Creative Suite.

Honorable mentions:  Optimus designer Tyler Nelson and finish assistant Elliott Nevills of Cutters’ new Flavor division.

New-to-Chicago Key Code Media sponsored the awards presentation and provided the Avid prizes.  Representing Key Code Media at the event were John Connolly, Sr. and Brian Plante.

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