“The thrill of a lifetime” — that’s how Noah DeBonis described seeing his short film, Posthumous, screened last week at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California at the 17th Annual Canes Film Showcase. DeBonis and 15 other School of Communication film students showed seven films at the event, toured studios and got a master class from professionals in the entertainment industry during their three-day trip to Los Angeles.

The Showcase is a vital resource for filmmakers working to make the leap from students to professionals, said Ed Talavera, chair of the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. “This is a unique event that allows students to hobnob with the best and brightest in the entertainment and film industry.”

The students also toured studios, including the Lightstorm Entertainment studio where Avatar was filmed. Legendary director Jon Landau, who produced Avatar and Titanic, led the students behind the scenes, offering insight about the latest technology and trends in filmmaking. Richard Baneham, who developed performance capture for Avatar and helped create Golem for Lord of the Rings, demonstrated the latest Performance Capture Virtual Reality camera. Stephen E. Rivkin, editor of Avatar and the Pirates of the Caribbean series, discussed 3-D editing and answered students' questions.

Films showcased this year include: