A horror movie trailer was the trigger for Brandon Beining. The young man really didn’t know what he wanted to do in life upon graduating from Arcadia High School, located just east of his current residence Fostoria in northwest Ohio, in 2010. Beining decided to try web design, so he enrolled at Terra State Community College the fall of 2011 and began taking classes. Through those classes, Beining met Associate Professor of Digital Media Technology Mark Grine, who was teaching video editing classes. It was one of Grine’s assignments the changed Beining’s life and led him on a different path to making movies.
“I was taking a web design class from Mr. Grine and that is how I met him,” recalls Beining. “This led me to taking more video editing courses with him and that is what kindled everything. There was a project where we had to make a horror movie trailer and it was the most fun I ever had.” Beining made the trailer at his home with his parents and eventually led him to pursuing a career in film.
Upon graduating from Terra State in Fall 2014 with dual degrees in Digital Arts and Media Design/3D Animation and Digital Arts and Media Design/Web Design, Beining turned his sights to Bowling Green State University’s Film Production program where his skills became apparent. The budding filmmaker turned a class assignment into an award-winning production. The five-minute movie is entitled “Grief.” “It’s my first film and a class project,” Beining describes. “It was my first time working with film and working on a project this large. It was a gamble, but I really wanted to shoot for the stars.”
Grief is about a man dealing with the loss of his wife. Beining did not base the work on any personal experience. “My family owns a trailer on the Maumee River and I was there cleaning it to get ready for the summer. I took a break and noticed the silence and began to think how awful it would be there all alone, in the silence.” Mark Grine served as Executive Producer and Terra State alumni Samantha Valkenhaus appears in the film and Nicholas Bechtel is the Assistant Director.
Average Length of Study
2 years, Full time