While other students relaxed during Winter Break, senior and former DTH photographer Nick Bafia and sophomore Julia Stamey were working on a film project they hope will win "Best Original Musical" at the Academy Awards in 2020.
They said they got the idea after a guest speaker in a class they shared told his story about trying to do the same. He wasn’t successful, but Bafia and Stamey decided to give it a try themselves.
“Nick and I are sitting there listening to (the guest speaker) and hearing that he failed and we’re still like, ‘Bet,'” Stamey said.
Bafia said they chose to submit to the Best Original Musical category because it is a niche category with very specific guidelines that rarely receives submissions. He said the few films that do qualify for the category, such as "La La Land," go for the "Best Picture" category.
Stamey said the biggest challenge they face now is getting other schools involved. In order for the category to be activated, a certain amount of films needs to be submitted. She said she and Bafia reached out to other schools over break.