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UNCW students premiere feature film

The movie "On the Air" was written and directed by a 60-person crew. (Source: WECT) The movie "On the Air" was written and directed by a 60-person crew. (Source: WECT)

UNC Wilmington will premiere a student film Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Lumina Theater.

The movie On the Air was created by a 60-person crew, most of them UNCW students.

Co-directors Tyler Ferraro and Kenneth Freyer said On the Air is a mock documentary that follows a college student through her internship at a news station. Initially, it was set to be an online mini-series, but the film's producer gave them the challenge of developing the story into a feature film.

“As far as why we wanted to make a feature film, it's because we’re crazy," Ferraro said. "And we just wanted to learn.”

The entire project took more than 10 months from start to finish. Ferraro said that a student crew presented unique challenges for their shooting schedule. 

“We still have homework, a bunch of essays, we have finals coming up,” he said. “During the weekend, we wake up at 8 to go to set for 12 hours a day on Saturday, on Sunday.”

Freyer said that despite Wilmington's film industry production losses, he still sees opportunities for independent films.

“There’s constantly independent stuff being made and there’s always going to be work, it’s just a matter the big-budget films like Iron Man and other big films in Wilmington there’s not really an opportunity there,” Freyer added.

The crew was welcomed by businesses and members of the community, and Freyer said they never had an issue finding places to shoot the movie. He added that they're expecting a full house at the premiere. 

“I think it’s going to be amazing just to see the positivity and feedback from the community,” said Freyer. 

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