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March 07. 2013 12:48AM

Short film by Farmington students on losing loved one to debut tonight


From left, eighth-grader Jack Woolworth, 14, of Farmington, seventh-graders Zack Hart, 13, of Farmington, and Katelyn Yazinka, 13, of Middleton, and district videographer Brian Chagnon prepare to film another scene for a short movie "Lose Me at the Dance" in a classroom at Henry Wilson Memorial School in Farmington Monday afternoon. (John Quinn/Union Leader Correspondent)

FARMINGTON - The next big thing on the silver screen or behind a viral clip online may be taking its first steps toward the silver screen in the halls of the Henry Wilson Memorial School.

"Lose Me at the Dance," a film written, performed and produced by middle school students from Farmington and Middleton, is scheduled to premiere tonight at 6 at the school.

This is the fourth year that students have produced a short film, and the extracurricular project has grown in popularity. District videographer Brian Chagnon said crowds have grown over the years, from parents to area residents and lately including a few people from around the Seacoast.

"It's interesting who shows up," Chagnon said. Last year, students produced a film about cyber-bullying which was eventually used to help spread awareness about cyber-bullying in other areas of the state, he said.

Chagnon, whose usual job is to record school meetings and operate the local community education channel, has worked in Farmington for the past five years and has been making videos since 1999. His love of movies makes it easy to work with students who are interested in making their own.

Chagnon said he's working with a cast and crew of about 15 students this year.

"They go from page to screen," he said. Some students are surprised how much goes into a movie.

Katelyn Yazinka, 13, a seventh-grade student from Middleton, said she enjoys learning more about the technological side of filmmaking, especially how to use specific camera angles to enhance a shot and how sound is adjusted during the process.

While she was interested in making movies before, Yazinka said this is the first time she's been part of one.

"I didn't expect it to be so fun," Yazinka said.

Eighth-grader Jack Woolworth, 14, of Farmington, said the small cast and crew has quite a bit of fun - even when delving into serious issues like cyber-bullying or dealing with the loss of a close friend or loved one.

"Once people see how much fun we have during filming this, they'll like the movie," Woolworth said.

Chagnon said this year's movie is just under an hour, but past films ran for about 35 to 45 minutes. He anticipates the project to continue growing in scope and popularity.

"They're already hitting me up this year with what they want to do next year," Chagnon said.


jquinn@newstote.com


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