It’s a summer camp like no other.
Young people in West Springfield come together to make a movie with the help of one of the writers of the comedy show ‘The Simpsons,’
David Horgan, teacher and producer has worked on a number of music videos for Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg but this week he’s been in the classroom. He’s sharing his gift with some West Springfield Middle School Students. The Boys and Girls club received a grant from ‘The Simpsons’ writer and West Springfield Native, Mike Scully.
Horgan says, “The idea is that we want to give them a creative outlet. There's many activities that involve sports and things of a physical nature but not that many that involve their creativity.”
The students make a movie from start to finish, from scripting to lighting and most importantly making the film.
Student, Ryan Lynn is among the ten kids taking the summer workshop, he says, “Film camp is actually really fun. You get to do so many things that you wouldn't expect that you would do.”
But adds that movie making wasn’t the only thing he’s learned, “the film taught me a lot about friendship and how you work together with people.”
The 15-minute, ‘Art Creeps’ is about a girl who is new to town and has to adjust coming into a group of nine boys. In the film, the only girl is bullied. Horgan adds that there was another lesson other than learning how to make movies, it’s that bullying is not allowed in the real world.
The movie will premiere at the boys and girls club in West Springfield on August 9.
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