It’s funny, sure, but some LSU Film and Media Arts students also hope their parody of the Oscar-nominated “The Revenant” helps spread a message about the importance of funding for the school’s film program.

“It was inspired by all the troubles that LSU and higher education in the state may be facing, especially the arts,” Jason Lockhart, a master of fine arts student, says. “The film department here has only recently begun to grow. A few of us had this idea, after a very inspiring class in cinematography taught by Joshua Overbay. We hoped to utilize our precious film equipment and humorously replicate the brilliant work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who we’re rooting for to win the Oscar this Sunday.”

In the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring adventure thriller “The Revenant,” Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s, fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

The students’ two-minute short spoofs the mauling scene, with Lockhart playing the DiCaprio role and Cara Reid, donned in a teddy bear costume, subbing in for the grizzly.

“After many rehearsals, we aimed to shoot the entire ‘bear fight’ in a single shot, similarly to how it played out in ‘The Revenant,’ Lockhart says. “The camera work was led by senior film student Sam Cosby.

“We added humor in hopes the video would spread, largely because we want people to know that LSU has a passionate, budding film program, with a strong desire to keep growing,” Lockhart says. “With the rollercoaster of film incentives in Louisiana’s recent history, we’re also really hoping things come back, and students here have a solid, creative education that can lead to real jobs in our state.”

To see the video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1JTYKm3_eM