Author Archives: Hunter Ruland

Final Project – The Man Among The Trees – [concept] Trailer


So… this is my final project for this class. This time around, I decided to go with something more creepy in tone, like my Audio project.

This project actually started nearly 5 years ago. Back when I was a Sophomore in High School, I picked up a hobby in screenwriting. The first script I ever wrote was the first draft of a horror film called The Man Among The Trees. It was inspired by the Slenderman character, but with my own original take. Since then, I have written 6 different drafts of the script and am currently working on a seventh.

The basic plot is that it’s about a young man who returns to his hometown for a funeral, but upon arriving to the town, he can’t shake the feeling that there’s something watching him from within the woods.

I decided to use the basic concept of this script as the basis for my final project, because I wanted to work on something more cinematic and eerie in tone. Plus, I wanted to work more closely towards something I have a strong passion for (film-making).

The original plan was to have friends of mine walk around the woods and say a few lines that would build up the suspense surrounding “The Man” (in the script, “he’s” referred to as The Figure). Also, before the main title card, I wanted to film a sequence where the main character would walk around the woods in the dark with a flashlight and he heard a twig snap near him. He would then turn toward the source of the sound and a dark man-like figure would lunge at him before cutting to black. Sadly, I didn’t get to film these scenes because the friends that I talked to that said they were available never got back to me when I checked in with them. Thus, I was stuck with about 30 minutes of footage of trees, branches, and a couple of squirrels.

I admit to being disappointed with the video, because I personally don’t feel like everyone is going to get what the story was supposed to be based on a montage of trees and branches. There isn’t really a narrative here.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m being too harsh on myself, but I know that I could’ve made something more unique with this concept if I had more talent in front of the camera and more time to get some more variety in my shots.


Hunter Ruland


5 Things Made Better with a Horse Mask

Oh boy… what on earth do I say about this video..?

Well… first off, I have a horse mask that I like to goof around with from time to time. The mask makes just about any situation better.

Anyway, for this project, I wanted to make something fun since a lot of what I’ve been working on lately are more serious in nature. So I asked some of my friends/co-workers if they would like to goof around with a horse mask, and they said, “Sure!”

It was a lot of fun to make this video. We had to do several takes because we would crack up in the middle of a scene. My friend, Jeffery Osborns, did a great job giving the mask a life of it’s own.

The goal for the video is simple: make people laugh with weird humor.

So the lesson learned today is… if you have the opportunity to horse around for a school assignment, take the opportunity.

W17-P4 Audio (The Hangman Poem)

I’ll try to keep my story short…

Originally, I was going to recreate the opening scene from one of my favorite films, The Social Network. I got most of it done, but wasn’t able to get a friend to record the dialogue for the second character. Somehow, I was reminded of a quote that the same writer wrote for the TV show, The West Wing.
“The President likes smart people who disagree with him.”
This quote got me thinking about our current political situation and how it’s the exact opposite. I was then reminded about a conversation I had with a neighbor who is a Trump supporter. In this conversation, he told me that “we need to stop b****ing about Trump. We just need to work with him on whatever he’s planning on doing.”
This then reminded me of a poem I was shown in my freshman year of high school, The Hangman by Maurice Ogden. The poem is an allegory of the holocaust and how no one did anything to stop it. The poem has always stuck with me with its haunting message.

Anyways, I decided to read the first part of the poem to introduce everyone in the class to this poem. I hope this won’t be too depressing to everyone.

By Hunter Ruland


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Chris Stuckmann

In case I haven’t made it clear, I am a film buff and love to talk about movies I like. Last term, I started writing movie reviews for The Torch and have had a blast with them so far. Even though I like writing about my feelings towards a particular film, I personally feel like there are times where writing my thoughts don’t quite capture how I feel.

This reviewer, Chris Stuckmann, is one that I’ve been following since 2011 and he’s one of the few personalities that I feel like I can trust, or at the very least, respect what he has to say. He tries to review each film with respect. However, it’s  fun to watch his negative reviews, since the first 2-3 months are filled with horrible movies that he has to review.

His website is one of his many venues to communicate with his fanbase. He doesn’t update his blogsite as much as his social media pages, which is disappointing, but nothing that ruins his reputation. Each review post contains the youtube video of his review, along with a summary of his review written out below the video. I wish that he could design these pages to be more visually grabbing, but they do the job just fine.

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An example of how he structures his reviews.

by Hunter Ruland