The Buzz

The Buzz 2013

The Hall Monitor

Directors: R.T. Hardiman and Mike McKeon
Asst. Directors: Erin LeBlanc
Art Director: Cassidy Andrews
Actors: Elias MBogga and Mike McKeon
Production Asst: Eric Folan
Music: Chris Nee
Written by: R.T. Hardiman and Chris Nash

Since going silent this crew has been hard at work. They’ve hit some pitfalls along the way—Elias getting his hair buzzed off after shooting his first three scenes—but their determination has kept them ahead of schedule. Their blistering pace is mainly due to the fact that they don’t have to worry about audio; however, they’ll need all the extra time to tell their story in post-production. The task of keeping the audience entertained during this silent film is not an easy one. So far their footage has been impressive, but it is hard to tell if it will all work until the music is done. Luckily for them, Chris Nee is doing their music. As always, Plum has been doing a great job of keeping their movie on everyone’s radar, so there is considerable buzz swirling around this film.

Buzz: A venti cup of black coffee

Music Trivs: This is not the best Music-Trivs crew, but they have panache. Like the time when R.T. heard Rod Stuart from across the hall, ran in, sat down, gave the answer, then ran off. They get the songs in their wheelhouse—unfortunately, their wheelhouse is not that big.


Extra Credit

Directors: Steve Bean and Ryan Erwin
Asst. Directors: Molly Breen and Genevieve Canavan
Actors: Ryan Erwin, Mike Rando, and Mr. St. Martin
Music: Mike Rando
Written by: Ally Russo, Molly Breen, and Holly Norberg

Every year there is one movie that purposely flies under everyone’s radar. This year it’s Extra Credit. This is largely due to the fact that the two directors are very busy with winter sports. They don’t have a lot of scenes completed at this point, but what they do have is good stuff. There is a critical scene that they decided to set in the new town library; that footage, in particular, looks great. Perhaps the biggest asset this film has is Mr. St. Martin, who portrays the scheming Math teacher behind all the insane extra-credit tasks. St. Martin is gunning to be the first two-time winner of Best Faculty Performer. Despite his great role, he’ll still have to best O’Malley and Jean in the Wombat—which will be tough! Erwin has been impressive on screen, and Mike Rando has surprised some with his acting talent thus far in a supporting role.  They’ll have to pick up the pace as soon as winter sports finishes up. The result of their sluggish pace, the small size of their crew, and their aloof presence in film class has all greatly diminished the overall buzz surrounding the film.

Buzz: A tall tai-chi tea

Music Trivs: Erwin is a superstar. The kid rattled off 17 points in 10 minutes of play. From time to time, St. Martin plays for them and does well with rap and the 80s.  When Erwin plays this is the best team; when he is not there, they are a non-factor.


The Wombat

Directors: Rachel St. Germain and Jim “Lambo” Lombardi
Editor: John Barry
Art Director: Stephanie Saba
Actors: Ross Bubly, John Barry, Mr. O’Malley, and Mr. Jean
Production Asst: Brian Chiem
Music: Jimmy Martin
Written by: Anthony Earabino, Luke Witherell, and John Montiquilla

Take a good look at the cast of actors in this movie. Add them together. Result: gold. These guys are hysterical on screen. The script is funny enough, but add in Bubly and Barry as the two bumbling students and it just gets ridiculous. A key decision was made (by the screenwriters) to make The Wombat in the vein of the campy 60s Batman series. This gives the crew a huge advantage because any bad shot or ridiculous costume gaffe can be chalked up to the style of the film. (Similar to how a third of the film A Serious Student was shot out-of-focus; they dismissed this as adding to the main character’s overall confusion.) I’ve only seen a bit of their stuff, but I can tell you that O’Malley and Jean are immediate front-runners for Best Faculty Performance. Would it be weird or appropriate for Jean to win the award the year after we honored him with a Faculty Appreciation award for not winning the award? Regardless, these two are just insane on screen in their costumes. Gold.  Also, despite getting off to a rocky start, this crew has managed to get a good chunk of their film shot. Of course, it is nearly impossible to keep a movie like this under the radar. Everyone is buzzing about this movie—especially graduates. Adding fuel to their buzz is the mysterious Dingo who has been tweeting periodically at the Wombat crew. Here is one of my favorite tweets:

“So… I was just fighting my enemy, the flu. Of course, I victoriously victoried him. I’ve heard from my inside man that wombat is slow.. HA”  @TheDingo

Classic. Keep it up, Mr. Dingo.

Buzz: A triple shot expresso with sugar no milk.

Music Trivs: Rachel is an under-rated player; she is good for a few points every contest. They have a star in Jimmy Martin. Lambo sits back and waits for Lincoln Park to play—and even when it does, he only gets it 30% of the time.


The Treasurer

Directors: Erin Batchelder and Chris Nash
Actors: Mike Griffin and Maddy Waple
Art Director: Erin Batchelder
Music: Mikey Van der Linden
Written by: Erin Batchelder

Batchy is channeling Wes Anderson in directing this movie. I like the style and it certainly will add pizzazz to the film. So far, Batchy has browbeaten and harassed Griffin to get the performance she wants out of him. And Maddy has been great in a role that she was thrust into at the beginning of production. I just hope that Batchy can maintain focus on this project or be distracted by her next movie. (Yes. Batchy wants to do TWO movies this year.) I am excited to see how this all plays out, but for now Batchy is keeping her footage under tight wraps. So we’ll have to wait and see.

Buzz: Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Beverage

Music-Trivs: Batchy is a dominant force to be reckoned with in Music trivs. She dominates the independent music whenever it is played—although Erwin snags some away from her every now and again. Griff does all right with his genres (we just are unsure as to what these are). Waple is great at the country junk and top 100 songs. Because of all her work on the 10-year documentary last year, Batchy knows her film-fest trivs probably better than anyone. For that reason, this crew is the favorite to take it all at the wrap party.


Senior-Skip Day:

Directors: Michelle Monahan and Doug Stewart
Asst. Director/Art Director: Elizabeth “E” Ryan
Editor: Lina “Heidi” Feeley
Actors: Eric Jansen, Evan Parsons, and Sam McChesney
Production Asst: Mike McCarthy
Music: Caleb Cofsky
Written by: Michelle Monahan

This crew is on a blistering pace since production started. They work well together and are always on task. This script got a lot of hype last year, but we held it for Michelle to direct herself. I’m glad we did. So far their footage looks great. They have some very funny cameos—Harry Berkland and Mr. Balkus—and Evan and Eric are doing well capturing the light-hearted feel of the film. This film lacks the big faculty performances to generate the big buzz; it reminds me more of a Full Windsor, with its crew just doing a solid job of getting the goods. I wouldn’t be surprised if, like Windsor, it does well come time for nominations.

Buzz: Iced Caffè Mocha.

Music Trivs: So music-trivs is not their thing…oh well. These guys are just happy to play and try to beat out Plum (which they may do!). When Jackfruit gets one right the class knows it because they scream like they just won it all. Feeley is their best player—she knows her Bruce.


The Door:

Directors: Phil Reidy, Jess McNamara, and Chris Barajas
Art Director: Barmakian and Cat Murphy
Editor: Chris Barajas and Phil Reidy
Actors: Mike Van der Linden
Asst. Director: Kevin Delaney
Asst. to J. McNamara: Cat Murphy
Boom-mic Operator: Brendan Sullivan
Music: Maria Earabino
Written by: Phil Reidy and Chris Barajas

Every year brings a production that has trouble getting the ball rolling. This year it’s The Door. They wanted Mikey Van der Linden as their lead; however, while Mikey is a talented actor, he is not in film and has a busy after-school schedule. This has resulted in few scenes shot. During class, this crew has trouble finding productive tasks to help their movie along. I think that they can get it all done, but they have to move. They need to try and break scenes up and get the shots they can without their lead actor. Jess has taken a more active role recently in getting some of the shots, which has helped. Ultimately, these guys just need to get organized and get the goods. They can be one of the first films to take advantage of the new Adobe After Effects if they can get the footage with enough time to edit in post.

Buzz: Tazo Shaken Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

Music-Trivs: Whatever music-trivs prowess that Pat Maloney had last year he has bequeathed upon Phil Reidy—this came complete with shouting out answers at a much higher octave than needed. Somehow J. Mac manages to sneak out 3 to 5 points every time by just picking up the scraps left behind by other crews—like another crew will guess twice and J. Mac will be right there to take their second  correct answer and get the points. This crew is solid and has been fighting it out with Avocado and Pineapple for the top spot. They did, however, lose considerable ground with Phil being in Germany during February break.


The Ringer:

Director: Hannah Mullen
Asst. Directors: Ali Ajemian and Mike Habib
Art Director: Keiko Ivinson
Actors: Kyle Raftery and Alex Marcinkowski
Production Asst: Kevin Delaney
Music: Brian Hazerjian
Written by: John Montiquilla and Hannah Mullen

One word that never comes to mind when people think about Hannah Mullen is quiet. And, yet, Hannah has quietly been plugging along and getting her movie done. This seems quite remarkable considering that both her actors don’t take film. Somehow Hannah has made it work thus far—as of February break, she has half her movie shot. Her two asst. directors, Mike and Ali, have helped her with the editing and organizing, but she will need everything to come together for some of her bigger shoots left. I haven’t seen much of her footage, but from what I’ve seen it looks like another strong performance by Kyle, and Alex is sure to get a lot of laughs. And if Jungbin can act as well as he can play Sporkle, they’ll be fine.

Buzz: Tall Iced Coffee with cream and sugar

Music Trivs: If these guy play at full capacity, they’ll be fine. Kyle is a formidable player, but he doesn’t get to play often as he is not in the class. I think they’ll have a tough time climbing out of the lower tier to the mid-range crews.



Directors: Jackie Gately, Matt Johnson, and Ashley Waldron
Asst. Directors: Tyler “T. Paz” Paslaski and Cat Murphy
Editor: A.J. Quinlan
Art Directors: Jenn MacDonald,  Ashley Waldron, and Cat Murphy
Actors: Jackie Gately, Caleb Cofsky, and Mr. Bakale
Music: Isabella Caraccioli
Written by: Jackie Gately

This movie is one of those movies with a lot of set pieces and art direction. As a result, they were in a holding pattern as they got all their costumes and sets in place—this included painting a classroom in Plimpton. Now that this is all done, they have picked up the pace considerably. Their Bakale stuff (set in heaven) looks great—and Bakale is always solid. This movie could also stretch the boundaries of what we’re capable of in terms of special effects. They do intend to make use of Adobe After Effects if they have the time. As people see the elaborate sets and wardrobe come to life the buzz continues to grow. That being said, these guys are up against the clock to get it all done. They’ve hit some serious obstacles—last-minute recasts, black eyes, and lost footage—so now they have to hustle.This film marks the end of two remarkable film festival careers: Jackie Gately and Matt Johnson. These two both started as freshmen; I know that both of them want to go out on a high note.

Buzz: Cup of black coffee

Music Trivs: Somehow this team has been at the top or near the top in Music Trivs all year. They don’t have any superstars at the same level as an Erwin or Batchy, yet they continue to rack up the points. I think that each of the members does well with his or her genre. Whatever the reason, they continue to lead the pack heading into mid-way through production.


Human Behavior

Directors: Brian Kelleher, Marc Sheehan, and Brian “Baby” Tracey
Asst. Directors: Montana Gilabrand
Editors: Chris Gallivan, Lawrence , Marc Sheehan
Art Directors: Jenn MacDonald,  Ashley Waldron, and Cat Murphy
Actors: Jack Stedman and Jessie Jones
Music: Nell Gordon and Caroline Falvey
Written by: Marc Sheehan, Baby Tracey, and Brian Kelleher

Meet the future of the WHS film festival: The Cloudberry Crew. These young upstarts mean business. They worked hard on perfecting their screenplay and have since put a tremendous amount of time and effort into production. They are here nearly every day after school shooting and editing. Over February break they were here at 6:00 AM to edit!  All of this has resulted in them having only 4 scenes left to shoot as February break comes to an end. Pretty remarkable seeing that most films are barely halfway done. B.K., and Montana have done a nice job with their shot compositions and shot selections. It is always hard to generate buzz being an independent production; it is also equally hard to garner some nominations from the Academy. So far, though, these guys have grabbed other crews’ attention with their hard work. If they keep the hard work up, I wouldn’t be surprised if they grab the attention of some Academy members in May.

Buzz: Caffè Misto

Music-Trivs: For a fledgling fruit, these guys hold their own. I think they’ll be battling other bottom-tier teams just because they’re not in the class and lack a true all-star. What they lack in talent, however, they make up for in sheer numbers. There have been times over break where they had near 15 students playing and Bakale.


Senior Assassins

Director: Andrea Lee
Asst. Directors: Becky Chariton and Darci Bruce
Editors: Andrea Lee and Ricky Sgaglia
Art Directors: Becky Chariton and Darci Bruce
Actors: Brendan Chaisson, Darci Bruce, Becky Chariton, and Bobby Rose
Music: Conor Godfrey and Bobby Rose
Written by: Emma Batting and Lorna D’Sa

Sometimes the best thing for a director is to be a part of a dysfunctional crew when they’re a junior. This gives them a lesson in how not to run a crew. Essentially, this was the case with both Andrea and Darci last year. And it is demonstrably clear that both have learned their lesson. This crew is very organized and on task. They have been on a tear since the start of second semester when Brendan was able to join them during period 5 film class. To date, this crew has filmed all their school scenes, now they have to wait till the snow melts for the outside scenes. The trouble is Mother Nature has refused to cooperate. With more snow on the way before we get back from February break, this crew needs to think outside of the box to get this movie done in time. The buzz has always been swirling around this movie largely because everyone has been asking for a Senior Assassins movie for the past 6 years.

Buzz:  A Caffè Americano

Music-Trivs: These guys are performing at a higher level than anyone expected in classroom games, but lost a lot of ground over February break. I think they might make a late-in-the-game run at the wrap party because of the film-fest trivs, which I am sure Andrea and Darci will do well with—plus Andrea has home-field advantage.


The Rivalry

Director: Sydney King and Jo-Jo Haswell
Asst. Directors: Nell Sandvos, Lena Ford, Bridget Nicholson, and Scott Marcum
Music: Mike Rando

The hardest thing in making a documentary about a sports team is finding a story. The crew needs to engage the audience and make them care about the outcome of their film; if not, it will degenerate into a highlight film. The choice of the hockey team was definitely the right choice for this year. We have several key players on different crews and a good working relationship with the new coach. From the onset of the season, this crew focused on the heated rivalry between Walpole and Norwood. They got lucky with the first meeting of these two teams ending in a tie. But they quickly lost that momentum in a late-season slide, which included a 5-1 loss to Norwood on their home ice. I told the crew that this is essentially the crisis of their story; hopefully, the team can rally and redeem themselves in the playoffs. If not, that story will be even harder to craft. What I meant is that a documentary crew cannot sit back and wait for the story to fall in their lap…or can it? Turns out that Walpole drew Norwood in the first round of the playoffs! Unbelievable, since these two only met one other time in the playoffs in 1965! Win or lose, this could be a great story! A good documentary can have quite the impact on the audience—The Recovery—and do some damage with nominations. I know this crew wants it and is working hard; they just need to make sure they get the goods.

Buzz: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Music Trivs: These guys need a heavy-hitter; they are languishing near the bottom.


Miss Superlative:

Directors: Casey White, Daria Grady, Noah Kung, Nick Morey, and Maggie Moriaty
Asst. Directors: Frank Welter, Remy Love, and Leslie Hill
Editors: Remy Love, Frank Welter, and Craig Wilson
Art Directors: CJ Weinacht, Lauren Messina, and Valerie Lancy
Actors: Daria Grady, Meg Driscoll,  Frank DeBlasio, and Harvest Perez
Music: Brendan Chin and Marissa Glover
Written by: Daria Grady and Casey White

This movie is being done largely as an in-class workshop to teach the Film I kids how to make a movie. In the past we’ve done short films, but since we had this script that the writers—Casey and Daria—desperately wanted to try and make this year, I gave it the green light. Even with everyday of class designated for filming, it will be a squeeze to get this thing done in time. I think we have a few juniors who will learn a lot from this experience and make excellent directors next year. They’ve already improved in the few weeks that we’ve been shooting. The buzz for this movie has consisted of other crews saying, “Wait, we have another movie?” However, since the size of the crew is so large I think that the buzz will build as they near completion.

Buzz: The sheer size of this crew means that it is bound to accrue some music-trivs points. They don’t have any standouts, but somehow have managed to keep pace with some of the other lower-tier crews.


Pre-production Notes

This year is off and running. After the hectic 10th year, I was expecting a halcyon period until maybe the 15th year—but no. THE 11th year (as some have dubbed this year for all the “the(s)” in the titles) is anything but calm. Fueling the energy of the crews are a group of lively junior directors. These directors all have one movie under their belt and many are veterans of the summer course. In short, they’re determined to make a mark early on the film festival, despite their non-senior status.

I have been impressed at the overall diligence the crews have shown in the preproduction process. This has always been an evolving process; one that is a firm foundation of what we’re all about. It is the backbone of the movies, but it also helps crew members build their organizational, cooperating, and planning skills.

In an effort to help crews better capture their vision of their scenes, we made the move from drawn storyboards to digital storyboards. This move made all the more sense since every crew is using a DSLR to shoot their movies. The added benefit of the digital storyboards, of course, is that it acts as a run through for the crew. They can see how the different shots, angles, and blocking will work before they shoot the scene. Also, I can inspect their storyboards for composition and see if they’re missing anything—like a cutaway.

And, quite frankly, the drawing of the storyboards has been one of the least-favorite aspects of pre-pro in the past. I get it. I am not a talented artist—and if you don’t like drawing, then it can be laborious. Thus, this move takes away what was seen as a tedious task and replaces with the invaluable experience of running through every scene and shot. I especially think the extra practice of manually focusing each storyboard will greatly benefit those directors without much experience using a DSLR.

Here is a breakdown of the crews as they work through the pre-production process:

Plum: This crew is as pugnacious as ever. Mike McKeon will not tolerate any perceived effrontery to his crew—thus, the current fruit war between plum and jackfruit. Both he and R.T. Hardiman are determined to make this movie work. The decision to go silent was not taken lightly. We pondered this decision after R.T. had extra time last term and turned one of his practice scene that he shot and edited into a silent scene. The result was very funny. It also got me thinking—would this carry for the entire film? I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it—no lie—but then dismissed it. However, I kept coming back to it, so I decided to bring up the idea to both R.T. and Mike. After we each went through the script and listed the things we would lose and the things we would gain by going silent, we decided to go for it. This immediately propelled The Hall Monitor into the fray of movies to watch out for. No crew has ever made a silent feature film. And what I like is that it will be a comedy—like the early comedy capers from the 20s.

Jackfruit: It warms my heart to see Michelle Monahan working as a director. After suffering two heartbreaks at the hands of a Monahan, Michelle has risen from the ashes of her past scheduling mishaps to her rightful position as director. She has surrounded herself with a colorful crew that should help to get her vision on screen. Doug Stewart, who is determined to prove that he doesn’t need Hannah Mullen holding his hand to direct a movie, has been very impressive in his work ethic during pre-pro. Like their adversary, Plum, these guys made a major late-in-the-game script change. Leave it to Caleb Cofsky to muck things up. Nevertheless, I think Caleb’s suggestion to add in a Ferris Bueller-esque mad-dash scene will certainly give their film an extra jolt at the end of the film.

Avocado: Perhaps the most impressive feat so far this year is Jackie Gately’s accomplishment of coming up with a killer idea for a movie and completing multiple drafts of his script, Alby, in 3 weeks time. Now that it’s done, he and his crew have the tough task of bringing it to the screen. This movie will test the skills of its art direction members in much the same way that Love, No Magic did 3 years ago. They have also come up with one of the funniest Erker gags that I have ever heard. Now they just need to spend some serious time making all their fantastical scenes and characters a reality.

Pineapple: Going into pre-pro this was probably the best reviewed script. It follows a tried-and-true formula that brought movies like Latin Labors so much success. Ally Russo worked through the summer and September perfecting each draft. Of course, Mr. St. Martin was in on every draft making sure it met his standards. So now this crew has a killer script and an award-winning faculty performer; yet, the question of whether these two directors (Ryan Erwin and Steve Bean) can step up and do it justice. Both Erwin and Bean took more of a backseat last year to more seasoned directors. This year, they are the go-to-guys. They need to put in the work and make sure they get the shots.

Wombat Berry: First off, I can’t believe that there is such a fruit as the wombat berry. But according to Wiki it is. Wiki never lies. So whatever. This script is funny and outrageous. I am fully aware that what I find funny might not be what Joe Popcorn finds funny—but this script just cracks me up. These guys are going for the 60s campy Batman feel for The Wombat. They’re watching old episodes and modeling their shots and scenery after the show. Love it. Rachel St. Germain and Jim “Lambo” Lombardi are the right directors for the job. They also have what appears to be the perfect cast—Ross Bubbly, John Barry, Mr. O’Malley, and Mr. Jean. They’re working hard on art direction and set design. A great addition to the pre-pro process has been the threatening letters and tweets from the mysterious Dingo. Whoever is behind the Dingo is a genius—I hope it continues throughout production.

Watermelon: Every May the senior class goes into frenzy playing senior assassins (a tag assassination game played with squirt guns). And every May I get inundated with requests to make a movie about senior assassins. I finally hit the breaking point last fall. I asked Lorna D’Sa and Emma Batting to write one. Thankfully, they came through. The finished script, however, is not an easy one to pull off—with a lot of fight scenes and complicated shots. Andrea Lee has learned from the mistakes of her dysfunctional Cherry crew last year and has been working diligently on getting organized and systematically getting the pre-pro work done. (Ironically, much like the Cherry crew from year 7; a crew renowned for its organizational skills.) Lee is surrounded by experience—Becky Chariton and Darci Bruce—but will have to get a performance out of film newbee Brendan Chaisson for the movie to be a success.

Kiwi: Building on the success of The Recovery, this crew is hoping to capture what might just be a magical season for the WHS hockey team. Instead of focusing on the entire season, the crew plans to explore the intense rivalry surrounding the Norwood game—senior night. The crew plans on interviewing present and past players to get an inside perspective of this long-lasting rivalry. I am lucky to have a couple of past players who are giving their time to this project—Mitch Mortali and Matt Baker. They will certainly help the crew with contacting many of the important players of the past. Nevertheless, the success of this doc will come down to how diligent the crew is during the pre-pro and production process in getting the key interviews and finding the story.

Currant: Will Phil Reidy spread his wings and soar to new heights? Or will he spaz out and go on hiatus when his crew needs him? So far, Phil has been on task (mostly). The script is ambitious, but he and co-director Barajas have a great vision for each scene. Their practice scenes were impressive. The key to the crew—much like it was with Horned Melon—is J. Mac. Jess is the third director and in charge of getting things organized and making sure everyone does their part. There is a small role for a young child in the movie. They decided to cast Mikey St. Martin. Basically, when the movie is done if Mikey is allowed to watch the movie, they have failed. If he is not allowed because it is too scary, they have succeeded.

Marionberry; I have not seen such anticipation for what a director will choose to do in his/her senior year since Mike Flaherty. Flats was coming off directing the brilliant Tell-Tale Meatloaf; he followed it with one of the most revered movies in festival history—Pong and Dance Man. Now, director Erin Batchelder is coming off the huge success of A Serious Student. I am happy to say that Batchy has chosen a passion project for her next film. She is out to emulate one of her favorite directors: Wes Anderson. This tall-task comes down to style. Batchy needs to capture the quirkiness of Anderson’s films through camera angles, music, acting, and tone. Not easy to do. But lucky for Batchy, she’s got an ace up her sleeve—Chris Nash. For Batchy to pull this off, she will need her co-director to step up and get things done. Nashy was a key element of Plum last year; hopefully, he brings the same work ethic to Marionberry.

Mulberry: This is, collectively, my smartest crew ever. And yet, their latest revision of the script was riddled with remedial errors. I blame Jungbin—he has been listening to too many bad German dance songs; it’s affecting his brain. Hannah Mullen directs her second feature film trying to build on her success from last year. She is reunited with her Finals Day star, Kyle Rafftery, in a role that is perfectly suited for Kyle’s mischievous side. The key for success in this production will be how much Hannah’s two asst. directors can help her—Mike Habib and Ali Ajemian. Both are very capable and invested in this project.

Cucumber: Due to a scheduling mishap, I am teaching a Film I, Film II, and Film III class at the same time next semester. This means there will be 38 kids in the class—not counting all the students who come every day from study. So what to do with all these students? Well, about half are already involved in making 4 films with the Film II&III kids. Luckily, for the remaining 15 kids Daria Grady and Casey White are finishing up a very funny script about a girl who is attempting to break the school record for most superlatives won by a single student. The plan is to split up into 3 crews to produce the movie—not ideal, but it will give the students the hands-on experience that will be more worthwhile in the long run.

Cloudberry: The only independent crew this year has generated a lot of excitement both in and out of class. Comprised mostly of sophomores, these guys have worked hard with Mr. Bakale and myself on perfecting their script. The end product is probably the best independent script that I have read since Dropouts. All three directors—Marc Sheean, Bryan Kelleher, and Brian “Baby” Tracey— seem determined to make a great film; they come every day after school and have held two casting auditions. They’re a nice addition to this year’s festival.

– Mr. Alan

2013 Blogs

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