There are a variety of clubs available at Hillcrest for its students; among them is the Film Club, which promises hands-on activities in the field of film and filmmaking. The Film Club*, as the name clearly implies, is for those students who are interested in the idea of filmmaking or in just studying a film or the nature of film itself.
The idea of creating this club began on a small scale but developed into something more. “Film Club started as a screenwriting club because of one interested student, Raj, who is the leader of the club”, states advisor Mr. Schulte. As an actor, he has acted in various films, professionally, over the course of his 30-year career, making him an ideal choice to be head advisor.
Many of the students involved participate in many activities besides creating films. Although the students do meet twice a week, they do not always record but they plan for future projects, analyze their work, and watch videos.
Besides that, many students are active participants within the school. For example, helping the stage crew on theatrical productions, acting as cinematographers for concerts and festivals, or filming and editing events at our school. Also, film club participants take the time to watch captivating videos to learn important filmmaking techniques, as well as the aspects of improvising lines from a scene.
“Anything you imagine, just go and make it,” says senior Sabab Al Din, a student member of the club. Although Sabab is part of the Pre-Med Small Learning Community, he has taken the leadership role as President of the Film Club and directed one of the films called “The Green Scare”. The film starred Mr. Morrison, Mr. Schulte, members of the club, and teachers from the school. “It took us about a whole school year” states Sabab . The film’s main purpose was to convey the idea of Islamophobia. “Mr. Schulte helped a lot, he gave us the cameras and everything we needed for the film.” They did not only record the film itself but they also wrote, acted, and edited the film. Of course, they were obligated to rehearse as well, since most of them were starring in this film.
There are many benefits to being part of a club such as this one,“It looks good on a college application,” stated Mufrat Karim Aritra, one of the actors in the film and the Vice President of the Film Club. “I learned a lot about directing and also editing videos,” says Al Din of his learning experience as a member of the club, and of directing his own film.
Both the President and the Vice President enjoys the Film Club and to those who want to join the club they say, “This is the only place in Hillcrest where you get to [have] the camera and actually shoot stuff”. The Film Club takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:30 P. M. For more information contact Mr. Schulte.
*The Film Club should not be confused AMAM’s class on Film Studies, headed by Ms. E. Ruiz.