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July 21, 2013

Going for the wow factor

High school students learn at AU filmmakers camp

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Jeffery Shawn Rhoads II, 18, of Indianapolis, said he'd like to see "less trash" in films. The three aspiring filmmakers then delved into profanity as an example, stating it doesn't always need to be used to get a point across.

As intermediate students to the camp, they've been working on a film together tentatively titled "Steve the Undead Teenager."

The students were assigned the theme of redemption, a tree as a prop and a high school character to run with. What developed was a short about a high school student who is turned into a zombie and, as a result, becomes popular — since zombies are pop culture icons — and abandons his friends.

They received hands-on experience and learned how to work as a production team.

"That's why this camp is so awesome," Rhoads said.

And it not only helped them gain experience, but make some big decisions.

Hagerman came back for a second year to "build on" all the lessons she'd learned the previous year, but still a high school student, she also wanted to see if filmmaking is in her future.

"I wanted to test the waters, see if it's the right thing," said first-year student Courtney Stone, 19, of Michigan.

She has plans to start with photography and then move on to filmmaking, "one step at a time." And while she'd like to make an action movie one day, she'd like to make one "with a deeper meaning" and relatable character.

"I wanted to come where (other students) had the same aspirations," said Von Storm, 16, of Indianapolis.

He said he'd learned about editing, how to properly write a screenplay and "how to tell better stories."

Movies are telling of today's society, he added, and the attention spans of many are shrinking.

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