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August 2, 2013

Vid Kids

Young film makers get hands-on experience

DUNCAN — If Duncan area residents soon find several videocamera-obsessed teenagers in their midst, the Video and Filmmaker Camp may be partly to blame.

Today wraps up the camp that was held all week at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Geoffrey Smith, a professional filmmaker, taught the fundamentals of video production to middle school students in the mornings and high students in the afternoons.

There were a total of seven in the fifth-eighth grade group, all full of energy and excitement over their first film project. Though a few had picked up a videocamera before, for most it was a brand new experience.

“They’ve been fun to work with,” said Smith of the middle schoolers. “I think they’ve had fun making (the film) and are going to have a lot of fun seeing it come together.”

Both groups will have a screening of their finished product today in the Experience Theater at the Heritage Center.

The class is constructed to teach the teens about various aspects of making a group video from start to finish. From story boarding and location scouting to camera techniques and editing, Smith took them through it all step by step.

“I wanted to try something new and this caught my attention,” said Kayla Sing of Duncan. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Thursday, the students all huddled around their instructor in order to learn how to edit their shots with titles, transitions and music. Having chosen a silent-movie with a western theme, the final cuts are to be either black and white or sepia toned.

“We added some comedy and it’s really good,” said Sing, who portrays the sheriff’s wife in the film.

While some were content in learning the technical aspects of film making, others yearned to bring out their acting talents.

“I came for the spotlight,” said Thomas Yarborough of Duncan, who played a bad guy who meets a tragic end. “When I died, it was kind of hard. I mean, I was up against a tree.”

Yarborough said he has made a few two-to-three minute home movies before but this was his first group project.

“The laughter has been great,” he said.

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