2018-08-16 / Community News

Engine holds film institute

The 2018 Student Film Institute is an intensive immersion into filmmaking for youth ages 13 to 19 interested in the various aspects of the industry from directing to editing to production. SFI 2018 is youth-led and deals with relevant issues in the community. The institute runs five weekend days, Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, and 29 from 9 to 4 p.m. at Engine in downtown Biddeford. Register here: http:// feedtheengine.org/student-film-institute/.

SFI 2018 participants will produce a socially-relevant, student-made drama, mentored by an award-winning filmmaker Michael A. Nickles

The story: A teenager is asked to give a speech at his high school graduation party and must face his deepest fear and tell the truth, in order to expose a town secret. This short film could be compared to the dialogue-driven, character-based teen dramas “Love, Simon” and “The Spectacular Now.”

The goal for the program is to create a high-quality film in just five days about an issue chosen by teens. Working as a team, the young filmmakers will coordinate the production; cast, direct and shoot the movie; and oversee editing and final production.

The 2018 SFI will involve 15 to 20 students and community members as cast and crew. In recent Project AWARE programs, short movies along with a number of PSAs were produced on bullying, substance use, body image, distracted driving, racism and self-harm. This year, students will be producing a 10 to 12 minute film on youth voice, revolving around the topic of sexual assault. This topic was chosen by the youth script development team in April 2018 and the script was written by Thornton Academy senior Delaney Ziegman.

The full cost is targeted at $545 per student but scholarships are available as is a pay-what-you-can policy.

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