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Visalia teens win Emmy for student film – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-10-27 21:53:57 –

Visalia, CA (KFSN)-Three Visalia high school students have been praised in their students’ films. From local film festivals to student Emmy Awards, these El Diamante students are on the move.

For the three seniors, lights, cameras and actions all started a year ago in a Halloween costume contest.

“It happened when I made a Halloween costume,” explained Senior Noah Lee Lee White. “It belonged to an alien I made of foam.”

In online lessons and overtime, their film teachers gave them ideas.

“He suggested making a movie with costumes this year, because we didn’t do much during COVID,” Lily White added. “That’s why I started writing scripts.”

From there, the students started running while filming the sci-fi thriller during the pandemic.

“People wore hazmat suits, and they wore hazmat suits,” explained student filmmaker Samuel Zurek. “But we were as far away as possible and constantly disinfected.”

But what started as a school project soon turned into something more. Their film “Incursion” won the best show at the Slick Rock Film Festival hosted by the Tulare County Department of Education and was screened at more than 12 other film festivals.

The group took student Emmy home and the film was recently nominated for the best science fiction at the National High School Film Festival in New York City.

“Three kids from Visalia, a little point in California, we went to New York City, and we saw all these filmmakers there, and we’re just here with me I thought it was our place, “said Eldiamantes Senior Kaiwilly.

Seniors in high school say they want to be screened at more film festivals this year and are already planning their next project.

“I’m very proud to see them grow and mature not only as people, but also as filmmakers and artists,” said media art teacher Spencer Kerr.

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