Being a high school student, you would expect me to enjoy my summer days in blissful laziness, or be working at a surmner job. Quite the opposite; I have been scripting, designing and ﬁlming a documentary with the theme illustrating how fashion has been inﬂuenced by history until most recent decades.
This documentary would not have been possible without the help of Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods, The Key and Messiah Lutheran Church. Gary & Leo’s and The Key opened their doors accommodating my ﬁlming needs, moved displays and allowed their staff to be talents in this production.
This was my ﬁrst major production shot in an off-campus venue, and in their businesses I was able to learn how to ﬁlm off site, adapt and control the scenes in different locations and come to each site prepared with all equipment. I have learned to think ahead and think outside of the box, how to adapt and improvise a scene as it differed from a planned storyboard and orchestrate which scene was to be ﬁlmed at different locations and different times of the day.
All that I learned has been immeasurable and these two local businesses have been instrumental in this learning process.
It is also appropriate to thank Havre High School for supplying the cameras and equipment that has given me the ability to ﬁlm this project and for providing a wonderful class to learn this skill: Media Productions I and II.
This documentary will be judged at two ﬁlm festivals: the regional festival, Yellow Bus Film Festival, and the international festival, Flathead Lake International Cinefest. The international festival will be judged and viewed by people from around the country and world. It is very exciting to be able to compete at this level and to know I have the support of people such as found at Gary & Leo’s, The Key and Messiah Lutheran Church.
Individual documentary talents include those of Angela Twombly, Alara Vogel and Oriah Pratt.
This letter is not merely a thank-you on a personal level, but to share with Havre the kindnesses given to me during this learning experience.
Havre High School Student
Class of 2015