Students shoot short movies at KAFM film camp

Students began shooting short, independent films as part of the Reeltime Film Camp taking place this week.

Drivers honked and waved at the small film crew standing near the KAFM studio Wednesday morning.

The noise delighted, but frustrated, the group of students who were trying to shoot a short film and work around the ambient sound they were picking up from the road.

“This is where they wanted to film, and now they are learning about sound issues,” said Stacy Schoolfield, videography teacher for the Reeltime Film Camp taking place this week.

The film students are learning every aspect of making full-length feature films — including storytelling methods, script writing, casting, scene blocking, filming, budget and editing. They are making two films, a murder mystery and a drama.

Emma McNulty, 14, has made a few short films for fun, but admits that her productions were “seriously lacking.” McNulty wanted to try to improve her filmmaking techniques just for the fun of knowing how.

Kailyn Bennett, 17, is hoping the camp will give her a head start to a career in the film industry. “I want to make experimental films in Hollywood,” she said.

Schoolfield hopes to encourage the dreams of her students and build confidence in their storytelling abilities. “This generation is already making films,” she said, “They are already telling visual stories and now they can do it better.”

“I really just think this is a good experience and it’s fun,” Bennett said.

Schoolfield and her assistant Mara Ferris have experience in making documentaries and short films for nonprofit industries. This is the second camp that Schoolfield has taught for KAFM.

“Teaching is just a way for me to have fun with filmmaking again,” she said.

After shooting, the groups will edit their films and have a premiere at 4:30 p.m. Friday. They will also be featured as part of this month’s Reeltime movie feature next Thursday.


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