3rd Annual San Angelo Youth Film Festival celebrates elementary school projects


Fort Concho Elementary 3rd and 5th grade students alongside family members got a glimpse at some of the work they completed during the 3rd annual San Angelo Youth Film Festival on Thursday evening.

Students were tasked with recreating the trailers from some of their favorite films, including Ghosbusters, Rampage, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many others.

“We literally took every single shot from the movie and recreated it with the resources we had,” 5th grader Korbin Jastrow says. Jastrow was one of the members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle project. “So the really crazy stunts we would be flipping over a toy car.”

Other students said much of the difficulty with the projects was having to move around from scene to scene and try to get different backgrounds for each one.

“My favorite part was definitely me breaking down a lot of building blocks,” says Ayden Franks. Franks was able to play one of the huge monsters from the Rampage film trailer.

At the end of what was essentially a watch party, several of the groups took home awards in categories like Best Editing, Best Costume and Best Overall Film Project.

Those attending the ceremony got to vote as well, selecting the “Rampage” project as the People’s Choice Award Winner.

“Hopefully we get to do it again and with this same group next year because we figured everything out,” says Derek Fisher. Another 5th grader, also from the Rampage group.

The project itself builds memories not only with friends and classmates involved but also with the support from family members who were in the crowd on Thursday night.

“They were cheering me on saying go for it. Just like parents do. I think it was really encouraging to have them there. To support me,” says Korbin Jastrow.

The brains behind the project, Fort Concho teacher David Hooks, says he intends on expanding the film festival projects to schools outside of Fort Concho Elementary in the near future.

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