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January 21, 2013

Comanche students finding success in film fests

COMANCHE — The broadcasting students at Comanche High School have a few victories under their belts. Around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, they’ll see if they’ve got what it takes to win at home.

The CHS class submitted several films into the Trail Dance Film Festival, including their most successful short film, “The Promise,” which won Best of Fest in the Oklahoma Media Festival and was the judges favorite in the international competition.

Bandy Sanders, CHS broadcasting teacher, said the films were ideas and class projects from last year’s broadcasting students, many of whom were seniors.

Aside from “The Promise,” the Comanche students also submitted their short films “Angry Bar,” “Awkward Wave,” “Paranormal Activity 1,” “Paranormal Activity 2” and “Big Daddy Answers.”

To put together “The Promise,” six broadcasting students (Jeffery Bates, Riley Johnson, Nyc Bohannan, Tyler Hurst, Kale Reed and Chase Fisher) pulled together with various jobs. For instance, Hurst came up with the premise of the short, Bates filmed and directed it, and Reed served in the starring role in front of the camera.

“We enter every year,” Bates said about the various film festivals. “This year, we wanted to be better than everyone else. We were all brainstorming. It only took a couple of weeks.”

And the project was something they all were proud of.

For the film, Reed pulled in help from his grandfather to portray his grandfather on camera. Reed plays a high school baseball player who promises his grandfather he’ll make a  home run and bring the baseball to show his grandfather.

There is more to the 5 minute film than just a promise made. There is a promise kept.

Reed said it was fun being in front of the camera. Hurst came up with the idea of using baseball while he was playing baseball.

Aside from an original story, the short also featured original music and lyrics.

Bates said everything came together well in the film. And it’s something he hopes film festival attendees enjoy.

“Everybody cries,” Bates said. “It’s great.”

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