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Must-see, behind-the-scenes TV

April E. Clark
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Dru Avery, 13, left, Pat Boas, 14, center, and Michael Hudson, 14, check out the camera Ray Farmer, not shown, uses to tape a segment for NBC's Today show Wednesday. The boys are part of an independent film class at Glenwood Springs Middle School and came to the taping at Sunlight Mountain Resort to learn how a professional camera man works. Farmer said a camera like this costs about $50,000.
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Five young filmmakers sat in a row at the base of Sunlight, watching as an NBC cameraman captured a national interview with a 93-year-old snowboarder. “I think being a cameraman would be cool,” said Pat Boas, one of the Glenwood Middle School eighth-graders. “The camera guy moved so slow that you could hardly tell he was moving.”Boas joined classmates Dru Avery, Michael Hudson, Sam Kaup and Keenan Hartert to learn behind-the-scenes camera work as part of their independent film studies class. They listened intently as Julian Vogt discussed longevity with “Today” show correspondent Kevin Tibbles as the producer hushed noisy passers-by.”I think it’s amazing,” Boas said of Vogt’s late-in-life snowboarding pursuits.

Their film class teacher, Megan Dean, snapped photos of her students as the TV production crew prepared for the interview by setting up lights and camera.”This class allows them to get the skills they need as well as follow their passions and interests,” Dean said. “They are a good group.”For a class project, the five students are producing a film about a diamond thief named Ned, played by Hartert, and various other “burglars, robbers, and stealers.” Their favorite part of the film is what they called the “hot dog scene.””At the end the robber who gets shot has a hot dog, ketchup, mustard, and beans all over the front of him,” Boas said. “As he’s lying there, he takes a little sip out of his juice box.”Dean said the students’ film combines dry humor and wit with a mixture of scenes and flashbacks that closely resemble “Pulp Fiction.”

“Their plots and characters are so complex,'” she said. “I just made them promise not to use the ‘You complete me’ line from ‘Jerry Maguire.'”Avery, a Junior Olympics skier for the Sunlight team, said he and his friends have honed their acting and directing skills while making the film.”The story line isn’t necessarily funny, but we make it funny,” he said.Tom Boas, Pat’s dad and sales manager of catering events and meetings at Sunlight Mountain Resort, said he is impressed with the group’s creativity and filmmaking talent.”They are absolutely a crack-up,” he said. “I thought they would get an idea of the production end of filming. We don’t get too many opportunities like this in Glenwood Springs.”

Although the short film – not yet titled – will only be shown to a small group of students at the middle school, the five filmmakers aspire to bigger and better productions.”Yeah, if we could stop breaking the tripod,” said Kaup, who, like Vogt, prefers snowboarding in his free time.A day watching a network news crew work and a 93-year-old snowboarder could be all the motivation these young men need to make it big on the big screen.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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