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story contributed by Isabel Jones, LEHS journalism student
Lights, Camera, Action! Joseph Gayton is a filmmaker and editor in the Advanced (AV) class. He works primarily with the cameras and editing software for “Shattered Dreams,” but he’s been working on something bigger, a short documentary film sent into the UIL film festival for all Texas High School students.
Each year UIL allows three films to be submitted into the competition for an opportunity to win scholarships and the overall winning prize. Gayton’s film, called “Symphony!” is a documentary about a different perspective on music.
“The documentary is about the rhythm and beat behind the music and how different rhythm’s create the different genres of music,” said Gayton. He thought of the idea early in November 2017 and started working on it at the end of the same month. “When the ideas came to me, I wanted to start doing it as soon as I could,” said Gayton.
Using his resources at his church, his Mom’s Zumba class and his position in the AV class he stitched together a masterfully produced film. He did face a few challenges however. “I got nervous when asking to film stuff at my church,” commented Gayton. “But after I got over the nervousness it went a lot smoother and I’m really confident in this film and I have high hopes of getting into round two. ” The submissions were due January 15, and Gayton is ahead of the ball. Qualifications for round two will be announced January 30.