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Ossining High School Students Progress In 10 Day Film Challenge

Ossining High School students participated in the 10 Day Film Challenge.
Ossining High School students participated in the 10 Day Film Challenge. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining High School students are progressing to the next round of the 10 Day Film Challenge, and are ranked among the top 30 in the nation.

In the 10 Day Film Challenge, teams of students make a movie -- write, shoot, edit and score it -- during their film class periods only.

The students made the films between Monday, March 16, and Friday, March 27, and learned this week that they had made the top 30 in the region.

As a leader in the competition, the students will progress to the next round, in which they will have 10 class periods to shoot, score and edit a three- to four-minute film.

The filmmakers are given a genre, a character, the character’s backstory, a prop, a line of dialogue and a cinematic technique, all of which must be used in the film.

The students are invited to attend a screening and awards ceremony in New York City on Thursday, May 7.

The four entries from Ossining students are titled “Phantasm,” a fantasy; “Alone,” a mystery; “My Strange Phobia,” a mockumentary; and “Enclosed,” a superhero film.

“The students were restricted to only working on their films during the school day and felt the stress and challenge of collaborating with their creative ideas, managing their time and taking on various roles within the production process,” said Jessica Beattie, one of the film teachers.

“Students were forced to step out of their comfort zone as actors, directors and editors in order to produce and submit the final product on day 10. Many students described the process as eye-opening and an authentic experience for what they anticipate to feel in college, as well as in their future career,” she said.

“We’re extremely proud of the evolution of this course and the progress our students have made since the beginning of the school year," Beattie said.

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