The Eighth Grade's Francis Ford Coppola

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Middle schoolers direct their own short films for the 2010 Middle School Film Festival.

One hundred middle school students from across the city were chosen to screen a short film at the Middle School Film Festival this fall.  To prepare for the big red-carpet event, they wrote and directed their own films in the New York Film Academy’s 2-week-long summer camp.

Twelve year old Alex Boukis admits he’s never seen the movie Scarface, or The Godfather. But the film he wrote and directed, Payback: Tick Tock Paisan, is about loan sharks and ruthless gangsters.

His friend from camp, Luis Gomez, 13, plays Vinnie the loan shark – a thug in mirrored glasses who takes care of business with the help of a baseball bat.

“They have their ideas and they just go for it,” said Charene Chapman Santiago, a drama teacher at Ebbets Field Middle School, who is working with Alex's group to keep them on schedule. Chapman Santiago said that her group of students are creative and organized, and Alex is no exception.  “He texted me like a million times, he was so detail oriented!” she said. 

During one morning shoot, the full crew -- which includes a camerawoman and grip --  darted in and out of classrooms and hallways, shooting scenes at Alex's direction. 

Without spoiling the plot, the remaining scenes involved a baseball bat, a hospital room...and lots of fake blood. 

Alex and Luis think the special effects may be just the thing to get their film noticed at the film festival in the fall.

Alex says, “Maybe we'll go for best makeup.”


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Comments [5]

sulayman camara from education

hi how are you how is everything am busy this two month that is why em not repail you

Sep. 26 2010 02:17 PM

Is this the movie you made? I found it on youtube...

Aug. 10 2010 03:43 PM
Luis Gomez

Yeahh dude. we are going to win!

Aug. 09 2010 07:30 PM
Alex Boukis

I can't wait to see the winner of Best Film...


Aug. 09 2010 02:36 PM
Kevin O. Grier from Public Education

I really have to contain my own imagination and consider just what expectations from both parents and moral critics, we shall all have to tolerate, while trying to encourage "creativity" in young minds. I hope and pray that it's all good!

Aug. 08 2010 05:21 PM

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