LIMA — The Student Integrated Filmamker Bootcamp had its red carpet premiere Thursday as the group screened the public service announcement films it recently completed.
The Student Integrated Arts Filmmaker Bootcamp initiative uses a “Hollywood” movie-making structure to cultivate skill sets, vocational and leadership skills and team building through completing media projects, supported by structured mentoring and collaboration with media professionals. The camp is put on Heartland Image Foundation, a local non-profit group.
Board member Nick Kellis, who operates Wow Media Marketing, said they put the kids to task preparing public service announcements for several local community groups, such as the Sertoma and Lima Optimist clubs.
“They interviewed them and gathered all the information themselves,” Kellis said. “They were gently guided by adults, but this is their work.”
Kellis said the kids were able to learn about combining science and the different kind of arts in preparing the films.
“They just all kind of found their own job,” Kellis said “They were able to be exposed to people that know the craft.”
An earlier incarnation of the bootcamp was successfully implemented for Lima’s Unity/South Sci-Tech grade school in 2010 and 2011.
The initiative uses science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principals targeted towards students in grades 6 through 12.
Along with Kellis, the children were able to work with several noted professionals in film making, including Melody Kellis, the director of technology for Paramount Pictures, and Austin St. John, an actor who was the original Red Power Ranger.
Tarez Russell, 12, is a student at Elida Middle School. He was turned to the project by Mizpah Director Vickie Shurelds.
Russell was in charge of key sound for the project. His jobs included recording voices for the films, directing on camera and operating the “take” clipboard.
“I feel like I learned a lot with this project,” Russell said. “I think this might be something I will be interested in in the future.”
The bootcamp was eight weeks long and the 28 students involved handled everything including writing scripts, recording, hairdressing and makeup and interviewing among other things.
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