Burnishing its reputation for having one of the top scholastic film programs in the country, Huntington High School has advanced three short films to the statewide finals of this year’s 10-Day Film Challenge.
Competition rules require participants to write, shoot, edit and score a movie in just 10 school days. The teenagers can only work on their film during video class. No work is allowed after school, at night, on weekends or at home.
This year’s state competition drew 70 films submitted by 29 high schools. “For the first time, all of the films we submitted were selected for the final screening,” said art teacher Heather Swan, who leads Huntington’s video arts program.
Huntington’s three films include Left to Write, a sci-fi movie; Soundbite, a “high school slice of life” and Notes of Emotion, a romance film.
The Left to Write team includes Noah Morris, Griffin Bluemer, Erick Joya-Amaya, David Mosden and Thomas Friebolin.
The Soundbite team is comprised of Charlie Ehrman, Emma Pipolo, Jack Glicker, Jackie Caravetto and Lindsay Martin.
The Notes of Emotion team features Celine Palermo, Luis Cuji, Tania Ulloa and Marco Caporuscio.
The Huntington filmmakers created movie posters and teasers/trailers for their movies.
“This is a grueling and extremely competitive initiative,” Mrs. Swan said. “I am very impressed with the videos we submitted and I’m optimistic we will get one in the top five.”
Huntington filmmakers took sixth and ninth place, respectively in last year’s statewide challenge. The top five films advance to the national finals.
The top 30 films in New York will be screened on May 19 in Astoria, Queens. The top five films will move on to the national competition, where the winners of the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and multi-state contests will vie for honors.
Founded by educators with over 75 combined years in television and film production education and administration, the 10 Day Film Challenge evolved from the concept behind the 48-Hour Film Project, which most recently drew 3,000 entries from 60,000 filmmakers spread across five continents.
This year’s 10 Day Film Challenge is expected to draw entries from 145 high school and nearly 5,000 filmmakers from more than 25 states.
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