Student Projects

A collection of just some of the student films made as part of Dordt's Digital Media Production major.

Dueling Distractions

Running time: 11:42

Mackenzie Peterson and Daniel Ebmeier constructed this documentary about our vanishing attention spans, and what we can/should do about it. For example, did you know that a goldfish has a longer attention span than many of us? Yup, true. Watch it and find out.

Adoption

Running time: 9:37

Kendra Nydam and Emi Stewart produced this lovely piece about the joys--and challenges--of adoption. With raw and beautiful honesty, the conclusion they reach is clear.

Downloading: Swing Dance

Running time: 11:42

Made for the Documentary Film Class (2018), this film explores the Swing Dance clubs on two campuses in two States and the role these clubs play in a highly digital, screen-driven era. 
Kaitlyn Frye, Elizabeth Eckels

The Beautiful Language

Running time: 10:21

Ben Kuiper and Zach Anderson explored how music is a language that many of Dordt's international students can use to find their place in a brand new culture and land. Subjects explore cultural differences in music, and how music helps bring people together.

$7:25. What is Enough?

Running time:11:09

Made for the Documentary Film Class (2018). Jake Brouwer explores minimum wage in Iowa and what's needed to actually make it. His conclusions may surprise you.

Orange City Comics

Running time: 08:50

Made for our Documentary Film Class (2018). Aaron Radtke and Hayden Veurink explore comic book culture through a unique shop in Orange City, Iowa.

Prairie Grass Film Challenge 2018

Running time: .30 seconds

This .30 piece was created to help recruit students from across the Midwest to the 12th annual competition.

Prairie Grass Film Challenge 2018

Running time: .30 seconds

This .30 commercial was made to invite the public at large to the 12th annual PGFC Awards Ceremony.

Prairie Grass Film Challenge 2018

Running time: .30 seconds

This .30 piece was created to help recruit students from across the Midwest to the 12th annual competition.

Prairie Grass Film Challenge 2018

Running time: .30 seconds

This .30 commercial was made to invite the public at large to the 12th annual PGFC Awards Ceremony.

Prairie Grass Film Challenge 2018

Running time: .30 seconds

This .30 commercial was made to invite the public at large to the 12th annual PGFC Awards Ceremony.

Prairie Grass Film Challenge 2017

Running time: .30 seconds

2017 marks the 11th annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge. This commercial--airing on MTV, the Food Network, Fox News and so much more, was created by Sophomores Ben Kuiper and Sarah Dykstra. 

Prairie Grass Film Challenge 2017 AWARDS CEREMONY

Running time: .30 seconds

2017 marks the 11th annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge. This commercial--airing on MTV, the Food Network, Fox News and so much more, was created by Sophomores Jake Brouwer, Kaitlyn Frye and Hayden Veurink.

You're Invited

Year of Production: 2017

Running Time: 17:43

"Short Film Production" is a unique class makes a short film in one semester! Students are assigned roles and an original script is produced, then shopped around to awards and festivals. This year's team consists of:
Jake Brouwer: Director
Producer: Sarah Dykstra
Editor: Kaitlyn Frye
Cinematography: Ben Kuiper and Hayden Veurink
Though everyone helps out where needed, these are the predominant roles. In "You're Invited," a birthday celebration goes horribly wrong. Confusion--and laughs--ensue.

Wilder

Year of Production: 2016

Running Time: 25:19

Short Film Production Class: Director-Lucas Simonson. Producer-Hannah Norton. Cinematographers-Rickey Nelson, Ellen Dengah. Editor/Audio-Connor Neal
This is a post-apocalyptic story. Special thanks to the good people at the Catholic Church in Struble, Iowa, for letting us use their facilities.

Defector

Year of Production: 2015

Running Time: 22:33

Two WWII deserters from opposing armies find themselves traveling together through west Germany near the end of the war. They discover that not all battles are fought on the field. For one of them, a shocking revelation comes 50 years later.

Winner
-Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Midwest Emmy Foundation
-Award of Achievement from the Iowa Motion Picture Association
-Best Student Narrative Short Film - College - Iowa from the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival

Official Selection:
-Wild Rose Independent Film Festival
-Iowa Motion Picture Association
-Los Angeles CineFest
-High Country Film Festival

Semi-Finalist:
-The American Film Award

Tyger & Lamb

Year of Production: 2015

Running Time: 5:29

Produced by Daryl Buinsma and Megan Kaiser, "Tyger & Lamb" won a "student Emmy" award (actually known as a Crystal Pillar Award from NATAS, the National Academy of Television Arts and Science (Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter). NATAS is the organization behind the Emmy Awards. Tyger & Lamb earned the top award in the Music Video category. The video also took the "Award of Excellence" from the Iowa Motion Picture Association

the finer details of life ...

Running Time: 4:00 min

Justin Gloudemans used his independent study to explore the 'finer details" of life. In this very unique series of videos, Justin wondered what others did to escape the pressures of life, the hectic pace and unending busy-ness. This collection of "finer details" became a series of short videos. In this one, Chris's daily coffee ritual is his finer detail. it helps him stay grounded, get some composure back to his life.

GRACE DAYS 2014

Running Time: 03:23 min

GRACE Days (Gifts Received from Alumni and donors for Christian Education) is an annual event on the campus of Dordt College where the community comes together to very intentionally say "Thanks" to the awesome donors, alumni and others who support Dordt College and make this world-class education affordable. Megan Kaiser and Daryl Buinsma worked together to create this little gem.

Prairie Grass Productions: Compete!

Running time: .30 seconds

2014 was the 8th annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge. This ad, created by Nathan Walter, Emily Holz and Jordan Shaffer, encouraged teams to enter and compete. The ad aired across the midwest on channels as diverse as Discovery Channel, The Food Network, NBC, FOX and many more.

AMOR (A Mission Out Reach)

Year of Production: 2013

Running Time: 4 Min

Each year, teams of students, staff and faculty from Dordt College spread out across the world to bring Christ's love to people who might need a helping hand. Could be building a bridge in Liberia, doing medical work in Tanzania, making a film in Lesotho,working at an orphanage in Honduras or many other locations.

Dreams

Year of Production: 2013

Running TIme: 3:36

Immanuel CRC in Sheldon, Iowa asked us to help them tell a story about their expanding congregation and need for space. So we did!

"Anti-Social"--4 Students. 3 Weeks. No Social Networks

Year of production: 2014

Running Time: 10 min

Daryl Bruinsma and Jordan Schaffer created this delightful documentary that follows four students as they give up all social media for a three-week block. They do so with varying degrees of success but the filmmakers--and the viewers--learn something in the process.

Prairie Grass Film Challenge: Awards

Running time: .30 seconds

2014 was the 8th annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge. This ad, created by James Newhouse, Kaylie Ogle and Courtney Samuel, encouraged teams to enter and compete. The ad aired across the midwest on channels as diverse as Discovery Channel, The Food Network, NBC, FOX and many more.

Year of Production: 2014

Running Time: 9:50

Karin Heitzman and Jared Luttjeboer created this documentary on blood moons and celestial signs for the class, "Documentary Film Making," an upper-level class.

American Poverty: Below the Line

Year of production: 2014

Running time: 9:41 min

David Mahlum and Drew Johnson made this documentary on poverty in America for the "Documentary Film Making" class. They highlight some interesting things happening right here in the Midwest to combat poverty wherever it's found.

Raising Pork

Year of Production: 2014

Running Time: 3 minutes

The ISU (Iowa State University) extension office asked us to help them create a series of videos on agriculture. Jayson Korthuis created four videos:

Beef

Soil

Pork

Corn

Raising Beef

Year of production: 2014

Running Time: 3:32 min

The ISU (Iowa State University) extension office asked us to help them create a series of videos on agriculture. Jayson Korthuis created four videos:

Beef

Soil

Pork

Corn

Corn and Soybeans

Year of Production: 2013

Running Time: 3:14 min

The ISU (Iowa State University) extension office asked us to help them create a series of videos on agriculture. Jayson Korthuis created four videos:

Beef

Soil

Pork

Corn

Soil Conversation

Year of production: 2014

Running Time: 3:46 min

The ISU (Iowa State University) extension office asked us to help them create a series of videos on agriculture. Jayson Korthuis created four videos:

Beef

Soil

Pork

Corn

Eye of the Beholder

Running time: 6:55 min

For Intro to FIlm (Comm 250), Jessica McCarty, Alan Barr, Kenzie Kooima and Jessica Lillo created this little story about love at first sight. Intro to Film is just that: an intro course. From here, students move right into Advanced Film and Video Production where they create four original films in a semester.

The New Neighbor

Running time: 6 min

For Intro to FIlm (Comm 250), Megan Ludens, Sam Malan and dMarta Vander Top created this little story about a new neighbor who gets an introduction to what it means to be nice in the Midwest! Intro to Film is just that: an intro course. From here, students move right into Advanced Film and Video Production where they create four original films in a semester.

Paint

Year of Production: 2014

For Intro to FIlm (Comm 250), Bailey McKee, Shelby Herrema, Dirk Oudman and Kyle Fosse created this little story art and artists. Intro to Film is just that: an intro course. From here, students move right into Advanced Film and Video Production where they create four original films in a semester.

Interstates

Year of production: 2011

Running TIme: 2:32 min

Interstates, a large engineering and construction firm right here in Sioux Center, IA, hired Cady Millage and Matt Bonnema to produce this short promo piece showing work Interstates can do for churches throughout the region

Walking in Shadows

Year of Production: 2011

Running TIme: 8 min

This rather creepy character seems to fool everyone--even his girlfriend! Michael Hilt, Kendra Reitsma and Bradley Hoogheim produced this for Comm 250: Intro to Film/Video Production.

Paint and Color

Year of Production: 2011

Running Time: 8:40 min

Andrea Kreykes took a challenge: If she could make an INTERESTING documentary about paint, she could make anything interesting! You be the judge. She was assisted by Ben Groenendyke in this independent project. (April 2011)

Students without Borders

Year of Production: 2011

Running Time: 12:20 min

Every year, thousands of college-age students travel to the United States to attend college, and every year, those same students have to learn to negotiate a brand new culture. Many do it with a sense of humor and good will. For others, it can be quite frustrating. But what can American college and university students do to ease the way a bit, make the transition easier for our non-American friends? In this video, Dordt College students ask those questions, and uncover some surprising answers.

Dordt Wear

Year of production: 2011

Running time: 35 seconds

Brock Bailey and Jayson Korthuis made this ad for a fictional product they created. Done for Film/Video Production, Comm 320.
Fall 2011

Man V Dordt

Year of Production: 2011

Running Time: 8:30 min

In this "Man vs. Wild" spoof, our intrepid hero has to get across the campus to see his girlfriend. Tasty rats and a "pack of hot sophomore girls" test his ability to survive. Created by Jayson Korthuis, Darin Lammers and David Mahlum for Comm 250: Intro to FIlm/Video Production

Unique

Year of Production: 2011

Running TIme: 7 min

This documentary-style video tracks an Orange City based rap group called "Unique." Produced by Jeff Cooke, Caleb Vugteveen, Alyssa Currier and Austin Van Whye for Comm 250: Intro to Film/Video Production

Pizazz

Year of Production: 2011

RunningTIme: 35 seconds

Cody White and Nate Ritschard made this ad for a fictional product they created for Film/Video Production, Comm 320.
Fall 2011

So Fresh!

Year of production: 2011

Running time: 30 seconds

Karin Heitzman and Darin Lammers made this ad for a fictional product they created. Done for Film/Video Production, Comm 320.
Fall 2011

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