UDQuickly Home My Old House Snapshots UD Magazine
Send A Class Notes

@DayMag

University of Dayton Magazine
thailandfilmfest

Through the Eyes of an Elephant

10:54 AM  May 20th, 2013
by Meredith Hirt '13

Matthew Derrico ’14 has a new favorite animal: the elephant. Specifically, elephants in Thailand, which he spent 10 days working with in April.

Derrico was a participant in the first Thailand International Film Destination Festival. He and partner Mackenzie Dupuy, who studies film in Canada, were one of 50 teams accepted out of over 800 applicants to take part in the contest.

Derrico, a psychology major, pitched a few story ideas to Dupuy and they agreed on the best one – Derrico learned the elephant is Thailand’s national animal when he studied abroad there first semester. “I did everything a producer would do and he [Dupuy] filmed it,” said Derrico. After two days of orientation, the team was given a van, a driver, a production assistant and six days to film and edit on a $1,000 budget.

“The original idea was A; what we came up with was Z at the end,” Derrico said. The film focuses on the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang,Thailand, but it also includes background on elephants, especially how their numbers are dwindling. “The plan was to put something in to send a message home,” he said.

After staying in a wide variety of places, from high-end hotels to hostels with outdoor showers, the teams gathered for the culmination of the contest: a red carpet gala. Derrico and Dupuy’s film, Through the Eyes of an Elephant, received the Best Editing award, which came with Derrico’s “first big cardboard check,” which he plans to use to pay off loans. He and Dupuy had no thank-you speech prepared when they accepted the award. “I gave a speech like in the real Oscars. I hit all the stereotypical things.”

“It was a roller coaster of a trip,” said Derrico, who is interested in continuing to travel and work in film. “I like the idea of ultimately sending a message through film. People will look back in society and see what the culture was about.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Connect with Facebook


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • robin eating berries
  • Squirrel reaches for an acorn in HM Plaza by Larry Burgess
  • students walk along stewart street as they move in by Larry Burgess
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Sanctuary lamp in Mother of Good Counsel Chapel in Alumni Hall by Larry Burgess
  • rain pattern on keller hall by Larry Burgess
  • 010509artb
  • person in cow suit in spring by Larry Burgess
  • student working in visual arts education class by Larry Burgess
  • stained glass window
  • 113010simulator
  • sheet sign making for christmas on campus by Larry Burgess
  • class change with flowers by Stephanie Lefeld '13
  • Cattails by ArtStreet by Larry Burgess
  • Poster sale outside UD Bookstore by Larry Burgess
  • Filliing balloons at KU for RW 2014 by Larry Burgess
  • checking and packing law school textbooks by Larry Burgess
  • chapel