Senior English gives students a shot at stardom

Senior English teacher Jed Martin presents Michaela Buchli ’19 with an award for Best Cinematography. Photo by: N. Harris

The past few weeks in English IV, students put their filmography skills to the test with teacher Jed Martin’s “Six Words Six Shots” project. After reading “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, students were instructed to encompass the book or specific parts of it with just six distinct shots and six words of their choice.

After hours of hard work on their projects and once everyone had submitted their video, seniors from all classes voted on their favorites. The categories they nominated classmates in were Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Special Effects, Best Soundtrack, Best Editor, Best Cinematography, and Best Director.

Senior Remy Pearson sweeped the competition, winning awards for Best Special Effects, Best Editor, and Best Cinematography.

“I knew my video was really good, but I didn’t think it was that good,” Pearson said. “Now I’m surprised I won as many categories as I did. It made me happy.”

“Six Words Six Shots” gave students a chance to express their creativity in a classroom setting. Many students gave the project their all.

“I thought it was a very fun project! It gave the students the chance to have some fun in class and get out and film,” Brandon Hinrichs ‘19 said. “I definitely learned my lesson after I was bruised and hit 5 times with Ace’s car. I thought I had a concussion but it was worth the footage!”