A Western Kentucky University alumnus was recently honored by the NoBudge film website.
Tony Oswald, a Glasgow native, produced and edited the independent feature length film, “Frames,” which was named Best Feature of 2013. The film was written and directed by Brandon Colvin, also a WKU alumnus and a Moorehead native.
“We were incredibly honored,” Oswald said.
NoBudge, which is run by Kentucker Audley, is a microbudgeted independent film website.
“It is a pioneering website. They release tons of movies on that site over the course of a year,” Oswald said. “These aren’t films that aren’t usually seen through traditional methods. We are in fantastic company on that website.”
Being recognized by NoBudge was something Oswald said he and Colvin didn’t expect.
“The site is unique that it is outside the [film] festival circuit,” Oswald said, adding that it helped gain attention for he and Colvin as filmmakers that they wouldn’t have otherwise achieved.
Colvin was a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin when he shot the film. Oswald spent a month in Wisconsin editing the film.
“Frames” is about a high school student who is documenting his home town with a friend who goes missing. The young filmmaker takes it upon himself to find out what happened to his friend.
“It’s a very experimental narrative type of thing,” Oswald said. “It’s not suspense in the traditional sense. It’s a very slow burning-type of movie. It takes a long time for the suspense element to come into full view.”
“Frames” was screened at the 2013 WKU Film Festival in May, and since being recognized by NoBudge the WKU alums have begun entering other film festivals to gain even more exposure. They are also working on a second film, “Sabbatical.”
“It’s completely done and we are entering that in festivals,” Oswald said.
“Sabbatical” is about a religious scholar who is forced to take a sabbatical and returns to his hometown when his mother has a stroke. While visiting with his mother, he faces relationships from his past, Oswald said.
Oswald graduated from WKU in 2008 with a degree in broadcasting. He is also a 2004 Glasgow High School alum and now works for IW Productions, a television production company specializing in food, cooking, travel, and lifestyle series, in New York.
He credits his early experiences with film at GHS for leading him to a career in the film industry.
“There was a film class offered by Mary Fye that strongly peeked my interest when I was a junior in high school,” he said.
His involvement with the Advantage Network cable channel also in high school under the direction of Bill Bitner was where he learned how to edit film, he said.
It was during his senior year at GHS that he did an independent study and made a short film.
“I decided then I wanted to be an editor,” Oswald said. “I decided very early on that [editing] was the process I enjoyed most.”
Oswald and his wife, Katie, who is also a GHS graduate, live in Sunnyside, N.Y.
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