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Golden Valley High holds video competition

• Students were given just 12 hours to make a film.

Posted: April 16, 2008 12:58 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Golden Valley High students filming on location for their project. From left are Stephen Bevilacqua, Khrystina Lund, Shane Phillips, Brad Bennett and Sean Keefe.

Advanced video students at Golden Valley High School were challenged to create a short film in just 12 hours during a film contest held recently at the school.

Golden Valley video production instructor Charles Deuschle and industry professionals Jason Edwards and Melina Adduci of Living the Dream productions served as judges during the competition, and at the end of the long day, the winning team consisted of Tim Seaton, Chris Wolf, Mike Luna, Louie Luepke, Ron Credo and Jenny Jones.

"The groups presented their final movies to a large audience of Golden Valley parents and friends at the end of the competition," Deuschle said.

Four teams of six students had 12 hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 29, to assemble a script, rehearse, shoot, edit and transfer the completed film to DVD. Outside of organizing actors and crew and finding a location, the film had to be completed in that 12-hour period, Deuschle said.

The winning entry was titled "Rosemary." It was a fictional film that showed the effects of Alzheimer's disease and how it attacks precious memories.

All students on the winning team received a copy of a film production creativity handbook, two free movie passes and $500 worth of donated movie scheduling and budgeting software. The students were also given paid walk-on roles as extras on AMC's television show, "Mad Men," courtesy of the show's second assistant director, Adam Ben Frank.

The goal of the competition was to teach students "to put together a film in a short amount of time and how to work as a team, which is important in the film industry," Deuschle said.

Deuschle called the competition a great success and an excellent learning experience for the students who participated.

"Next year we hope to open up the contest to other video programs in the William S. Hart district, so that more students can learn from this fantastic experience," he said.


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