South Philadelphia Resident and La Salle Student
Ibrahim Kobeissi Wins Digital Film Contest
a good thing for Ibrahim Kobeissi that coffee only works for him
in the evening. The La Salle University junior says caffeine doesn't
energize him in the morning, but it keeps the South Philadelphia
resident pumped at night. Staying awake for 24 hours straight helped
him and three student collaborators win a film contest sponsored
by Philadelphia's University of the Arts.
were given 24 hours to produce a five-minute film done on computer
about a single topic: the heart.
only took a second for me to come up with the idea," says Kobeissi,
a Digital Arts major at La Salle. "I wanted to do something
on the dark side (of the heart). I thought of four aspects: love,
hate, detachment and childhood."
partnered with three students he met at the event, two University
of the Arts students, Aubrey Jones and Jeannine Cook, and Cory Choy,
a high school student.
winning the competition, the quartet will share the $1,500 top prize,
and their movie was posted on the University of the Arts' website.
film is titled Myocardium, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat.
It is a dark look at events in the life of a man who apparently
has been shot and is seeing his life flash before his eyes: voices
of family members are heard over the image of a dinner table; a
girlfriend is heard talking about their relationship; there are
words from his father. Much of the "action" is heard over
a beating heart. One of the few constant visuals in the film is
a human heart seemingly suspended in air.
immediately tapped Jones to be the film's protagonist "because
he had an interesting voice." Kobeissi created the film's visuals,
and the others wrote the dialogue.
submitting the film, Kobeissi got some sleep, then returned to the
University of the Arts campus. He felt the film was pretty good,
but was surprised his team won. "Cory and I had the most faith
in the film," he says.
became interested in digital arts because he wants to work in cartoons.
He grew up watching and loving the old Warner Bros. cartoons, which
he said are brilliantly done.
semester, Kobeissi is taking a course in "Web Scripting,"
a requirement for Digital Arts majors. Dr. Margaret McCoey, chair
of the Digital Arts program at La Salle who's teaching the Web Scripting
course, says Kobeissi "is very good at design. He's very good
at the animation pieces."
reservist, Kobeissi recently started a job with DesignWrite, a software
company in Princeton, N.J.