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New club brings artistic magic of filmmaking to U-High students

Ryan Burke-Stevenson
A student watches an informational video about the basics of filmmaking. The U-High Film Society, meeting every Wednesday during lunch in C211, will be training students to develop their own projects.

A new club aims to teach high schoolers to create their own films so they can share their perspectives and experiences, and submit them to a national student film contest.

Meeting every Wednesday during lunch in C211, the U-High Film Society will introduce members to the basics of filmmaking and help them hone their skills so they can submit work to the All-American High School Film Festival.

Club president Zoe Alphonse, a sophomore, says she wants to help students “take their ideas off the page.” 

“It’s a lot of freshmen who have never even touched a real camera other than their iPhone, so we’re trying to teach them beyond TikTok and formulate real stories and real concepts,” Zoe said.

More experienced filmmakers will be eligible for leadership positions and mentorship roles.

Zoe is also interested in collaborating with other clubs. She said she is hoping to work with film-watching clubs and help plan an assembly with affinity groups.

“I’ve always had a passion for film, and when I was in eighth grade I really wanted to join a club in high school that had that as its theme… and I realized that there was none,” Zoe said. “I took a poll from the students, and everybody said they would be interested in something like this.”

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Tinson Xu
Tinson Xu, Reporter
Tinson Xu is a member of the Class of 2027 and serves as a reporter. He began in 2023 when he was in ninth grade.
Ryan Burke-Stevenson
Ryan Burke-Stevenson, Photographer
Ryan Burke-Stevenson is a photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2025. His favorite part of photojournalism is being able to give a visual aspect to stories. Outside of photojournalism, Ryan is interested in cooking and cycling. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, non-sports photo: superior 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, advertising, first honorable mention

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