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July 8, 2014

Heritage center film class leads to 240-mile road trip

DUNCAN — A woman from Wichita, Kan., drove more than 240 miles to take a film class.

Welcome to Duncan, Sara Jones.

Jones ended up in Duncan after deciding she wanted to learn how to create short films to promote her non-profit organization.

After Googling film and video classes, she found the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan.

In a week-long class that started Monday at the center, Jones will learn about cameras and production techniques.

Her fellow film students are all pre-teens and teenagers, which doesn’t bother her a bit.

“Kids have good insight and fresh perspectives,” said Jones. “So far, they have been awesome.”  

The fact that Jones is of middle-age may be a benefit, Geoffrey Smith, the class instructor,  said.

“It is always nice to have some adults in the class, so the kids may act a little better.”

Eleven-year-old Trevor Heath was among the kids in the camp.

“I have my own camera at home and make a bunch of movies,” he said. “I made one yesterday with my friends.”

Tanner Greening, another participant, said he signed up for the camp to learn the basics of camera operations to help him create a documentary.

“You have to build a lot of stuff to get a movie right,” said Greening. “I want to make a documentary about nature, probably one about the oceans and the animals found inside of it.”

Leah Mulkey, education coordinator and office manager for the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, said the camp will continue throughout the week. On Friday, the students will see their short video appear on the big screen when their work is shown at the center’s Experience Theater.     

“We will have people meeting and greeting guests,” said Mulkey. “Parents and grandparents will get VIP passes.There will be popcorn. The kids will show their video, and after it’s over, they will stand up and have a Q-and-A session with the audience.”

The students’ finished product will be entered into the Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan this January.


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