Youths' cell phone films featured at festival
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Nov 03, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Youths' cell phone films featured at festival

Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Emily Hughes had five days to make a movie and had no idea what her film would be about.

She had made short videos before, like one which shows her makeup collection, but had never made one that told a story.

After talking with her sister Allison, the two were satisfied they had something to work with.

The sisters sketched out a rough idea of how the film would start, but then stopped and began filming.

“We didn’t really write a script,” said Emily, the director. “We thought, ‘Let’s just wing it from here.’ ”

The end result was "The legend of super-double-bacon-cheese-burger” and it won the Terryberry Cell Phone Film Festival, held at the west Mountain library over the summer.

Their two minute and 32 second movie, along with two other entries from the library contest, will be screened Saturday at the Hamilton Film Festival.

Nathan Fleet, administrator of the Hamilton Film Festival Nathan Fleet, and local filmmaker Craig F. Watkins held a workshop for the participants and returned to judge the entries. Watkins said he was surprised at the quality of the work the students produced with just five days to complete their work.

Emily, a Grade 6 student at Norwood Park, used a Galaxy Ace IIx to shoot “Super-double-bacon-cheese-burger.” She downloaded the footage to her dad’s computer and he showed her how to edit it with Windows Movie Maker.

Emily says she likes making movies, but sees it as a hobby rather than a career. She said she hopes in the future to make a low-budget version of the Brad Pitt zombie movie “World War Z.”

The films of Mike Regis, who earned the audience favourite award, and cousins Scott Grigsby and Brandon Groves will also be shown at the Hamilton Film Festival.

Regis, a Grade 12 student at St. Jean de Brebeuf, will also have a movie he and friend Dane Cecchelli made recently about time travel and its possible fallout.

Called “Fate,” it’s a look at what the future can bring and how actions affect the future, said Regis.

“It shows that as humans we tend to do things without thinking about the repercussions,” he said.

Regis said his interest in filmmaking has grown in the past year after understanding the powerful effect a movie can have in bringing social issues to light.

Scott and Brandon’s two minute and 10 second film is called “Part 2” but it’s not a sequel.

“It’s supposed to make you think,” says Brandon, a student at Aldershot middle school in Burlington.

It’s a silent film, says Ridgemount student Scott, involving a feud between neighbours and will scare the viewer.

The cousins plan to make more movies, with Scott eyeing preferring to act while Brandon sees himself involved behind the camera.

The eighth annual Hamilton Film Festival runs Nov. 4-10 at the Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North. The youth screening portion is Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Admission is $5. See for more details.

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