2014 Orange County Film Festival by Emi Yasuda
Lights! Camera! Action! Edison’s aspiring filmmakers kick-started the New Year with a whopping eight nominations for the Orange County Film Festival; as a school, Edison received more nominations than ever before in almost every category. Sammi Rocco, Ivan Olivo, RJ Payne, and Kyle Graham’s short film The Puppeteer’s unique story, clever plot, and outstanding cinematography earned it a shot at Best Short Film, Cinematographer, Editing, Story, Producer, and Best Actor! Bentley Campbell and Ivan Olivo’s moving anti-bullying public service announcement, Think Before You Type, was nominated for Best PSA. In addition, three-year Bolt TV veteran Sammi Rocco’s Clair de Lune was nominated for Best Music Video.
OCFF is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The event showcases students’ work from throughout the year in 22 different categories, including Best Broadcast, Anchor, and Filmmaker of the Year. This year, OCFF received over 200 submissions! Students from 13 schools battled for the chance to take home the ultimate prize. The competition was fierce and the stakes were high; for months, these dedicated students worked on scripts, hired actors, and spent hours searching for the perfect locations.
Who puts on this elaborate event? FilmEd Academy of the Arts, a program for student filmmakers, trains students over the summer and throughout the year to use professional quality video equipment and develop the artistic and technical skills necessary to produce high quality films and broadcasts. FilmEd acts as a launching pad for careers in cinema, and many alumni and high school filmmakers have gone on to edit feature films, work at production companies, and even film movies. OCFF celebrates the best work of aspiring amateur film-makers from the entire year.
The event was held at the scenic Northwood High School, located at the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. On January 4th, the day of the event, hours were spent assembling stage decorations, smoke machines, and even a red carpet, upon which guests and nominees mingled for an hour before making their way to the sold-out Northwood High School Auditorium. The festival screened all nominated films in each category before presenting the awards.
Senior and Bolt TV news director Sammi Rocco took home the award for Best Story for her work on The Puppeteer. The story covers a young boy’s relationship with a new friend that turns out to be more than he bargained for. If you haven’t gotten the chance to see some of these great pieces by Edison students, visit vimeo.com/boltstudios to check them out! You can also view winning entries from other schools on the official OCFF website, OCFF.org. You can see an amazing selection of award-winning short films, music videos, and more, all created by high school students!
Are you interested in becoming a part of the movie magic next year? See Mr. Hayes in room 232 to learn more about joining Bolt TV!