Skaggs Wins Architectural Film Award for 78 Hours

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The opening title image from Skagg's film, 78 Hours.
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78 Hours captures the variety of uses and spaces of Milstein Hall.
The opening title image from Skagg's film, 78 Hours. 78 Hours captures the variety of uses and spaces of Milstein Hall.
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September 25, 2015

On August 20, Cole Skaggs (B.Arch. '16) was named the winner of the 2015 Henning Larsen Foundation film competition. The competition aimed to "revitalize the use of architecture on film and foster new inspiration to architects and film professionals."

Skaggs's film, titled 78 Hours, was shot in Milstein Hall, and shows the various building spaces both empty and in use, accompanied by Frédéric Chopin's Waltz No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, op. 64, no. 2.

The competition entries were evaluated on their artistic quality and ability to inspire a new approach to architecture and the medium of film. The theme of the competition was the experience of architectural space over time.

Jette Lehmann, a member of the judging committee, said of 78 Hours,"The film possesses cinematic qualities, which provide the spectators with an interlaced experience of time, light, sound, space, and movement. It's a love-struck dance through a building, which we sense the filmmaker knows very well. The dual look, partially at the spaces' architectural qualities, partly at the users of the building, expresses a respectful fascination with the architecture students' gestalt in their own intense, creative space. The student who works all night does not perceive anything other than the space he/she is creating on paper."

Skaggs received a prize of €9,000, and his film, along with the second and third place films, will be shown during the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City in October.