On a hazy day during the 1980’s, a dozen or so Boise State film students ventured into the foothills on a remote shoot. Eight of them never came home, or so says the urban myth that surrounds the student club Dead 8 Productions.
Originally titled the Student Film Production Club, Dead 8 Productions is a film club for students. As Nathan Snyder, the club advisor, explained, no one knows for sure when the club began or where the urban myth came from. It goes back as far as anyone can remember.
Dead 8 is a club for aspiring filmmakers. In the club, students explore the movie-making process by putting together their own shoots. They do anything from a single scene to an entire short film. The club focuses on exploring the technical aspects of creating a scene, the “movie magic.” Along with that, they often write the stories that would hypothetically surround the scenes that they shoot.
Dead 8 offers hands-on experience for anyone who would like to join. To become an “official” member of the club, there is a $5 entry fee, but that is only required to gain voting rights.
The $5 fee isn’t necessary to partake in all the other club activities. Anyone can join, and no prior experience is required. It is not even required to be a student at Boise State.
Each member of the club has the opportunity to try out a different role of the movie-making process. Members learn how to operate a variety of equipment, create storyboards and work in post-
Most of the equipment used is rented out from Boise State so students don’t have to worry about owning all the proper technology.
Colton Mabry is a senior communication major who has been with Dead 8 for three semesters.
“They are mostly just here, because they are passionate about film and they would like to learn more,” Mabry said about the members of the club.
Each year the club raises funds in hopes to send their members to the Sundance Film Festival. The club also takes part of the annual Boise Student International Film Festival known as BoVi.
Some of their films have gone on to be screened at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Nick Corbin is a senior communication major who has been with the club since 2007. He has submitted multiple films to BoVi, and in 2011, won third place for his documentary titled “Occupy Boise.”
Corbin’s focus is on screenwriting, but he has found that being well-rounded in the filmmaking process is beneficial.
“I realized that when I know the craft really well, or the technical process, and how everything comes together, it’s made me a better screenwriter,” Corbin said.
The works of the club and its individual members can be seen on their YouTube channel aptly titled “Dead Eight Productions.” The club meets every Monday at 6:15 p.m. in room 115 of the Communication Building. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.