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Westlake High School Students Named Semifinalists In 10-Day Film Challenge

The promotional poster for "Repetition."
The promotional poster for "Repetition." Photo Credit: Contributed
The promotional poster for S.L.E.E.P.
The promotional poster for S.L.E.E.P. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westlake High School Media Video II and Video club students are finalists in the 10 Day Film Challenge high school video competition.

"S.L.E.E.P." a film by juniors Adrianna Elias and Michael Fischer was chosen to be screened in the state-wide finals of the nationwide video competition for high school students as was "Repetition" by Dean Perkins, Marc Villucci and Xavier

Varga. Created by the non-profit 10 Day, Inc., the 10 Day Film Challenge invites high school filmmakers to use their creative and technical expertise to make a three to four minute film from start to finish in just 10 days, using only their class time or school day. Competitions are held in each state and students must make a film given a set of parameters that must be used.

On April 6, students in the New York challenge were assigned the character, backstory, a prop and a line of dialogue that had to show up somewhere in their films. Each student team drew a genre from a hat and began the process that included scripting, shooting and editing their video.

On April 19, the films had to be turned in to their teacher and uploaded to the judging site. The teams spent the next 10 days using the campus as the backdrop for their story and friends and classmates as actors and actresses.

The two teams will attend a screening of all finalists’ work on May 25 at the UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas in Astoria.

The videos will compete with 28 other state semifinalists for awards that include best use of character, prop, screenplay, music, poster, editing, cinematography, acting, audience choice, special effects, title sequence, cinematic technique and sound. One video will take home the “Best Overall Film” trophy. Winning videos from New York will go on to compete against other state winners. This is Westlake’s second year of entering the challenge and second year of having two films in the semifinals. For more information visit this link.

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