Upper School Students Create Film in 48 Hours for National Film Festival

A team of St. Margaret’s cinematic arts students spent a marathon weekend writing, shooting and editing a film for submission into the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

The 48-Hour Film Off started at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and the film had to be submitted by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. That led to a busy weekend for Upper School students Blake Jafari, Chloe Reder, Bobby Springer, Harrison Trikas and Emma Evanson, who quickly put together a film that incorporated the contest theme of “Generation NOW,” a line of dialogue (“Don’t worry, we’re professionals”) and a prop (a microphone).

The Tartan student creation is a film titled “Time Machine,” which was submitted after nearly 25 hours of hard work overseen by St. Margaret’s film teacher Karen Bennett. The team worked on writing and creating props on Friday, filmed and edited on Saturday, and did final edits on Sunday.

“It’s amazing what these students did in just a short amount of time,” Ms. Bennett said. “We had a lot of fun over the weekend, and our students put together a film that will represent St. Margaret’s well.”
“Time Machine” will be screened at the 13th annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth, which takes place later this month in Seattle. In addition to St. Margaret’s 48-Hour Film Off submission, the Middle School animated film “Outside” from last school year will be featured in the “Bring the Kids” screening, and Chloe’s short film “The Audition” will be included in a “Works in Progress” panel where industry professionals will watch and give feedback in front of an audience.

Here at St. Margaret’s, “Time Machine” will premiere at the school's inaugural Winter Film Festival, which takes place January 25 in Hurlbut Theater.
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