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July 20, 2012

NSU camp: Lights! Camera! Action!

TAHLEQUAH — Showing anytime via the World Wide Web on a computer terminal near you is a 12-minute feature film written, acted and videoed by participants of the Northeastern State University Second Century Movie Making Camp.

“‘The Juggernaut’ is the story of a man seeking revenge on the military for dispatching his family,” said camp Instructor David Fuller.

“It’s set in the year 2025,” he said, in a booming tone reminiscent of Don LaFontaine, who provided the voiceover for thousands of movie previews. “My camp consists of all boys this week, and they immediately gravitated toward the military and action. That’s how we ended up with ‘The Juggernaut’ as our project. We finished editing it [Thursday] and we’re having the world premier this afternoon. We’ll upload it to YouTube. It should be under NSU Movie Making Camp, if they search that on YouTube.”

The Movie Making Camp is an extension of the Drama Camp, which exposed participants to building sets and theatrical makeup, in featuring the history of movies and how they are made, along with technical aspects like video production.

“It was just about the steps of making movies,” said Fuller. “We spent some time talking about the Academy Awards, and how movies are made. We spent some time with Alfred Hitchcock, and how he made his films. – the beginning of special effects, and then it progressed from there to where the kids created their own short film. It ended up about 12 minutes long. They wrote it, acted and did everything there was to do to produce it.”

The film-making crew included 9-year-old Chance Chambers, 10-year-old Hondo Kirk, 10-year-old Brayden Ward, 10-year-old Corbin Lamb and 10-year-old Aidan Sumner.

Fuller said participants from the Iron Chef Kids Italian Academy were called upon to serve as extras when “the shootout” scene was ready to be filmed, This illustrated the important lesson to “think outside the box” when creating a movie.

“We were a little limited with what we were using as far as creating the film, but I wanted them to see that you have to think outside the box sometimes, and it opens up a world of possibilities,” he said.

 “The idea for this came from Ron Howard and Imagine Films had a contest recently where people could upload little five-minute videos. And so that was kind of the idea to get kids interested in making their own videos.”

Fuller told the film crew to bring props to use in the movie, and Chance took it a step further and created his own.

“I built Bill the Buckethead,” Chance said. “I used a trash can, a shirt and a ski mask. He warns Juggernaut. [My favorite scene is] the shootout. I ran [for my stunt].”

In learning how Hitchcock used the elements to create suspense to send the viewer off into a world of unimaginable situations and places, the film crew also learned how the English film director and producer was able to put his personal signature on his movies.

“He appeared in every single one of them,” said Brayden. “Hidden!”

Aidan interjected a famous title found among the many classic Hitchcock horror films.

“He also directed ‘Vertigo,’” he said.

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