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Dearborn High Student Video Program Announces 2013 Films

Audiences can check out "Becoming Charlie" and "Winnerman" this May.

Every year, members of Dearborn High School's student video program—WDHS, under the direction of teacher Kurt Doelle—show off a year of hard work to the community in a feature film presentation.

And this year, audiences will get double the entertainment.

WDHS this month announced that the class of writer, videographers, actors, directors and editors in the making will be showcasing two films to the community this May.

Becoming Charlie is a drama based on the true story of a Dearborn High student (and WDHS alumni) who lost his parents, and had to fight to gain stability for himself and his sibling.

Winnerman is a comedy that tackles the subject of bullying, where a high school football player risks his popularity to help a "nerdy" friend from bullies—a one-time job that turns him into an anti-bullying superhero.

According to WDHS, the films enlisted the cooperation of a number of allies—including Fordson High School, where Becoming Charlie was filmed; Trenton High School, which loaned its football team's uniforms for Winnerman; DHS woodshop instructor Mr. Cialone, who helped WDHS students to build a bathroom set; and the City of Dearborn, which allowed the students to use a city-owned home set for demolition for the filming of a high-drama scene in Becoming Charlie.

The films will premiere May 8 and 9 in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. A Best of Show reel will also be shown, showcasing the best of other student’s projects made throughout the school year.

Lee Jacobsen January 27, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Project films like these are what teaches our kids the fundamentals of business, which is a good thing. How so? Making a film involves all sorts of people-working skills, among the first being marketing skills to finance the film, (in this case, a budget from the school, followed by locating skilled students, script writing, story boards, ediiting, setting up the shot, shooting or producing the shot, taking down the shot and moving to the next, essentially cooperation from dozens of people to a common goal. In a manufacturing environment, a part needs to be financed, designed, (script), tooling made, (digital cameras), set up in a press, producing the part, taking down the press set up, and then repeating the process for dozens of parts/scenes. I do the same thing with a press. Set up, run, take down, with dozens of parts, using a press instead of a camera. The parts are boxed , labeled ,and shipped, likewise, the shots are edited, credits added, and the film shown to audiences. Well made parts make a profit, folk come back for more. Well made films, the same results, audiences clap, theaters smile. Bottom line, this film making crew is learning a valuable lesson in the world of business, cooperating on a single goal, something successful manufacturing businesses have to do every day to survive in today's business climate. I hire many employees from film crews, they know how to work together and know the value of time, which is money in the manufacturing world.
Lee Best January 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Well said, Lee.

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