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UM Student Premieres 10th film

November 6, 2009

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University of Mississippi graduate student Glenn Payne held the world premiere of his 10th film “A Zombie Movie” in Tupelo to a sold out crowd. The film, a mockumentary about the making of a zombie film, delighted the audience with its humorous approach to filmmaking. He screened his film along with the film of one of his zombie stars, Daniel Lee who showed the sequel to his b-movie “Ocho: The Arachnid from Hell.”

Payne is working towards his Master in Fine Arts in Painting at the university and while working mostly with painting professor Phillip Jackson is also taking photography and video classes with professor Brooke White.

White, curator of the experimental block for the Oxford Film Festival, is encouraging Payne to try his hand at experimental film this year. Payne said that the opportunity to work on a fine arts degree is a different approach for filmmaking but one that he hopes will set him apart from the usual film students.

“I considered lots of film schools but I have a nice network here,” Payne said. “I am continuing to study film but from the mindset of fine artists.”

Payne, 27, is originally from Blue springs outside of Tupelo and is part of the young Tupelo film movement.

“I hope to make films for a living that help change the world” Payne said. “But I hope to avoid L.A. as much as possible. There are advantages to filming here because I can get into a building and shoot for free and work with an extremely talented cast and crew from this area.”

Payne’s film took two nights to film, around 8 hours and cost $120 to shoot. After the screening he said he hopes to start submitting the film to festivals and then eventually a DVD release. Although his 10th film, he is just now getting into the world of exhibiting his work outside of Tupelo.

For this film, as director the challenge was in managing the basic premise of the film but allowing the actors, mostly the cast from Tupelo’s comedy troupe, West of Shake Rag, to improvise each scene. A scene header led each break but the rest of the film was what Payne called organized chaos.
“We followed with two hand-held cameras,” Payne said. “Then the director of the zombie movie within the film also helped to direct the scenes.”

By Melanie Addington
As published in the Oxford Town

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