Thursday, May 19, 2011

Best In Show - Thrice In a Row!

If you look at our last post you can see that "Sabriel" an original Film Club project won 1st place at the Utah Multimedia Arts Festival! We are so happy about that, but we would also like to announce that another original Film Club project called "Choices" won Best in Show at that same festival! That's three years in a row that Davis High Film Club has won Best in Show at the Utah Multimedia Arts Festival and the first time that we've taken 1st place and Best in Show in the same year!

We are excited to see what happens to the future of Film Club.  You can watch "Choice" up above and you can see "Sabriel" by going to our last post.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sabriel Movie Trailer--Completed!

Here we have the final version of the Sabriel Movie Trailer, as entered into the Utah Multimedia Arts Festival 2011, where we are proud to announce it received first place! Thank you again to all of those who were so diligently worked with us on this fantastic project! It has greatly entertained us all, even when it was just because we were going insane from hours after school of non-stop editing, and has even helped to develop Film Club even more by providing us with brand new experience, concepts, and ideas. Thank you to you all!

Friday, April 29, 2011

New Banner

We've gotten a new banner as well as a new color scheme that matches it.  The old banner was fantastic, but the artist decided to do something different.  As the number of views to the blog steadily increases every day, changes to the blog keeps things fresh and new and we warmly welcome them.  The new banner also says "Davis High" expressing our school pride and identifying the club better than before.  This is a Davis High School club made up of students, and we're proud of it!

All though we'll miss the old banner, we love the new banner even better!  The new banner also helps us to realized how excited we are for a new even better school year - as this one approaches its end.  Thanks Alina T for your hard work on this banner.

The old banner is found below.

We don't want to completely remove the old banner, so we've given it a new home.  Click here to see the old banner's new place on the blog.

Friday, April 22, 2011

17 Miracles

The director, producer, and writer of the movie above is going to be speaking at the Davis Film Festival Wednesday April 27th! Film Club is going to be hosting this event, and we are so honored to have him. TC Christensen has directed and produced many of his own project before including "Gordan B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men" as well as "Only A Stone Cutter" and many others.  He has worked on many epic productions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including "Joseph Smith - Prophet of the Restoration" and "The Testaments."  He is noted quite frequently for his cinematography skills.  He does the camera work for his own films as well as other films including "Forever Strong."

His latest move "17 Miracles" will be coming to theaters this June!

The Davis Film Festival is free for anyone interested.  If you'd like to come and learn more about film or get a chance to ask Christensen something about his latest film come to the festival!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sabriel Pictures

Here are some pictures of our Sabriel movie trailer project!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sabriel Memoirs

by Jackson Daneluk

Be inside by nightfall. Lock all doors and windows. Deny entry to strangers. Prepare candles and lanterns for when the electricity fails. If caught outdoors, find running water…

On December 20th, 21st, and 22nd ten bold teenagers and I set out to make an epic movie trailer. I only knew a handful of crew members at the beginning, but now I know each individual. I have to say that having so many different personalities on set was amazing. I give my respect and highest regards to everyone. They all sacrificed one to three days of their Christmas break to help make this production possible, and they never once complained about the freezing temperatures, the rain, or the snow (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating the truth a little…).

Those three days were filled with adventure, mystery, hardship, magic, special effects, and a little bit of blood…every kid’s dream! We traveled to many fantastic places that few knew resided in their own backyards. Day turned to night, and the moon lit the mist. Sabriel took on a life of its own.

Everyone worked so hard to make it the days a success. Lunch took the form of pizza, and refreshments were provided in the form of hot chocolate. I think I owed everyone at least that much.

At the end of each day I had to look back and realize that some of the shots we made were just downright amazing. Here are just a few of my favorite scenes…

Kerrigor with fire behind him: this scene was just fun to shoot. Imagine this, a fire in a fire pit, and a can of gasoline, you do the math. Now imagine that behind an ominous, dark figure. I smile every time. Kerrigor, played by Jared Haviland, has a perfectly ominous and dark feel behind him. Thanks to Marshall Harper who helped me with the gasoline.

Dead Montage: Oh my gosh, I love this scene. I can just imagine the dramatic drums crashing behind the images of Sabriel (played by Carrie Jacobs) and Touchstone (played by Isaac Hanson) looking around anxiously, knowing that dozens of revived souls inhabiting dead bodies are hiding in the houses that surround them, waiting for night to fall, and peering out from behind the shutters of windows. For those who were there they will remember a certain “shriek” that Karl Southwick performed, while Jessie Sume held her face before the camera to play the role of a Dead person.

One by one: My depiction of the book’s horror story chapter. A girl (played by Carly Lortz) knows that she and her town are doomed, knows that the Dead will pick them off, one by one, unless Sabriel (Carrie), the Abhorsen, can save them. This scene gives me shivers just thinking about it. “Will Abhorsen save us from the Dead?” ~ Elder of Nestowe (played by Ian Lucas)

And finally, the scene that made everybody laugh…

He is Dead: Sabriel is told that her father is dead. I know you’re wondering where the humor is in it. Well imagine a stuffed cat telling her the news. Now imagine it bobbing back and forth. (Yeah, you kind of had to be there, but it was still one of my favorites.)

Just of few of my favorites, but in all honestly I love the entire thing.

Last but not least, I’m sorry that I froze everyone half to death!