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First-ever Fall Film Showcase held during ACT this week

Annabelle Lee
A poster of the Student Fall Film Showcase on the door of the Eagle Theater.

Los Altos High School’s first-ever senior Fall Film Showcase was held today during ACT in the Eagle Theater. There will be a second showing this Friday, December 1, during ACT in the same theater. While traditionally, only second-semester senior projects have been showcased during the annual Film Festival, this new showcase is meant for Film Analysis students to share more of their work. The Film Analysis classes hope to do a spring showcase as well.

“The Fall Showcase gives us film students an opportunity to show off our best work from Film Analysis this semester and appreciate the work of our peers,” senior Joey Braun said.

The films are separated into categories, including shot-for-shot recreations of films and music videos, portfolio films and more. During the first semester, students learned to utilize framing, lighting, music and other effects to direct their own pieces. Each student submitted a few of their best works and then voted to narrow down which films would be presented at the showcase.

“It’s great that the hard work we’ve all put into these films gets to be shown to even more people,” senior Akintunde Mabogunj said. “At the end of the day, we make films to be seen and enjoyed by an audience. I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity this showcase gives to us filmmakers.”

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Film Analysis is offered as an English class for seniors and Film Analysis teacher Susana Herrera encourages students to consider the class for their senior year.

“There are more people making films on TikTok and posting on YouTube right now than ever before,” Herrera said. “I’m sure every single person is going to make a film at some point in their life.”

The showcase also offers a new experience for Film Analysis students to see their hard work on a big screen and share their films with not just their classmates, but the rest of the school.

“We showed the films once in class, but that’s a lot of work for only 28 to 30 people to see,” Herrera said. “We wanted to give that feeling that this is a big deal.”

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