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The secret life of fruit

Posted: March 30, 2009 12:54 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Aiden Jutner, an Arroyo Seco Junior High film student, created a stop-motion animation film called "Fruit at Play."

 

What does fruit do when no one is around?

It's a question 14-year-old Aidan Juttner wanted to answer.

When Juttner was in sixth grade at Highlands Elementary School, she wrote a poem about what fruits do when people aren't watching.

It was all part of the school's Young Authors Day, during which students present stories and poems they have brainstormed and written themselves.

At the time, the poem was just another homework assignment. But when Juttner enrolled in a video production class in seventh grade, she decided to bring her poem to life by creating her first stop-motion animated film.

"It fit perfectly," she said of the transition from poem to video.

Her home kitchen turned into her film studio, and a basic bowl of bananas, oranges, apples, grapes and a couple of cherries became the stars of her film, "Fruit at Play."

Dad helped set up with the camera, Mom helped with the set-up, and even Juttner's brother got involved in the film.

Taping was stressful for Juttner as she tried to get the right shots for her stop-motion film, she said.

Juttner caught the fruit dancing the Hokey Pokey, playing Ring Around the Rosy and stacking up on one another for the kitchen appliances to enjoy.

After a day on the set, Juttner spent the next couple of weeks editing and perfecting the film after school with an Adobe film-editing program.

Creating the final 90-second film was her favorite part.

"I really like the actual film and edit process," said the Arroyo Seco Junior High School eighth-grader. "You get it how you want it exactly."

Juttner's editing skills and "Fruit at Play" impressed Von Hougo, Juttner's video-production teacher, who already sensed her creative side and talent for filmmaking.

Without telling his young prodigy, Hougo entered "Fruit at Play" in the Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival.

Juttner took first place for the Junior High Division, beating out 11 other films.

"I was so happy and overjoyed," she said.

"It's a great outlet for her," Hougo said. "It's a great way to express the magical ideas coming out of her head."

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