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Spencerville Academy Class Produces Film With Valuable Message

Story by Heidi Wetmore
Published 6/17/2013

Alex Melendez films a scene while class member Elizabeth Bautista looks on.

Spencerville Adventist Academy’s (SAA) broadcast journalism class recently created a short film titled “’it’ Girls,” which addresses the issues of peer pressure and being true to oneself. The students took charge of the project, from writing the script, directing, acting, editing, composing the original music, and much more, then released the film during high school chapel.
Junior Paola Charnichart, who wrote the film, says she was inspired by her personal experience of starting high school. She says, “I have always pictured myself in the movie Mean Girls but wanted to put my own twist on the story. High school isn’t about being popular; it’s about meeting the people who are going to be there for you for life.”
Charnichart says the story is about a shy girl named Sophia who goes to high school and struggles to fit in. She gets mixed up with a group of mean girls who influence her to change for the worse, and she begins to turn on those who truly care about her. After all her friends reject her, Sophia begins to reevaluate her actions. She realizes that she shouldn’t change herself in order to make other people accept her. She also learns the valuable lesson that those who except her for who she is are the type of people she wants in her life.
The broadcast students say they thoroughly enjoyed producing the film, while the editors say they enjoyed expanding their knowledge of editing software. Senior Sara Hernandez, who played the role of Sophia, says, “It has been a good experience seeing how much work goes into making a film.”
Robert Martinez, broadcast teacher and the film’s producer and director, says he appreciated this opportunity to put the students’ leadership skills into practice. “Film is a form of communication that this generation of young people is interested in,” he comments. “Giving them a structure in which to work has opened their eyes to the witnessing opportunities that their own work can reach. I am trying to show them how to communicate their ideas in an effective, professional and spiritual way.”
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Jason Boyd, CJ Gibbons and Danny Elliott edit the class film utilizing specialized computer software.


Robert Martinez, broadcast teacher, works with students to get just the right camera angle for a scene.


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