though school hasn’t started some students are signing up for the after
school film production class MyFi (Media Youth Film Initiative).
Last year, MyFi students’ first production called “Imagine”, about high
school friendships, how to make them, and the importance of them. Other
films made were: “Sorry” about the consequences of violence, and
“Family” in transition. As part of a Production crew the students
learned screenplay writing, acting and directing as well as some of the
more technical aspects of the craft such as operating a camera, lighting
a set, recording sound and editing film.
MyFi instructor, local filmmaker and Professor of Communications at
Villanova University, Hezekiah Lewis was impressed with the diligences
and creativity of the students. “Filmmakers are essentially storytellers
and I believe every kid has a compelling story to share with the
world”. Darryl Ridgeway, vice president of BOWSTRING STUDIOS and CEO of
Blue Diamond Entertainment Group, also worked with students.
MyFi is a partnership between the Media Arts Council and the Media Youth
Center, traditionally a place where kids have enjoyed playing
sports. Center Executive Director K. Brent Hill says, “Last year’s films
were amazing. The students clearly had a top notch learning experience
and produced well crafted films we all enjoyed. I’m looking forward to
seeing this year’s films.”