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Skills Center Film Class Captures Two Awards

Skills Center Film Class Captures Two Awards
Posted on 04/21/2017
Skills Center Film Class Captures Two AwardsPort Angeles, Wash. – Perdition Lake, a film submitted by North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center (NOPSC) instructor Patric McInnis on behalf of 2016 summer film students, is one of 50 films from 3,489 entries submitted for recognition by the 2017 Washington Film Festival USA, which is considered part of the Vancouver Filmdance Circuit.  The film was also accepted to the 2017 Vancouver Filmdance Festival Canada.

“This means we have been accepted to two festivals,” McInnis said. “We are in consideration for four other festivals. We should hear back from the Seattle International Film Festival at the end of this month.”

“Perdition Lake was submitted as a Professional Independent Film, not a student film,” McInnis added. “We beat out many filmmakers with more experience than our students. Students involved can now claim they are award-winning filmmakers!” 

Students who assisted with Perdition Lake filming are: Nathaniel Perry, Colby Backman, Lilly Sandberg, Jordan Campbell, Josiah Fullerton, James Murphy, Kinzie Phillips, Lily Robertson, Cassidy Tamburro, Hope Winsor, Madelynne Jones, Anli Guttormsen, Johnathan Maestas, Bridget Lachner, Polly Price, Eva O'Neil, Telicia Busby, Jackson May, Charles Conroy (Sequim High School), Joseph Bennett (NOPSC/Port Angeles High School alumni), Andrew Fricker (Port Angeles High School alumni), Per Berg (Sequim High School alumni), Camrin Meyer (Sequim High School alumni).
The film was made with the assistance of Peninsula Area Public Access and ElBar Media, a Los Angeles Production Company. Under both teams’ direction, students crewed and starred in the film.  This includes acting, set design, makeup, costumes, sound, camera, graphic design, effects, grip crew, electric, catering, and more.  

“The idea came up during last year's spring semester to use the longer class hours during summer school to produce a short film to make a festival run,” McInnis explained.  “I wanted to give students a chance to be on a real working set and contacted ElBar Media to help provide this experience.” 

“Joseph Bennett, a former student of mine and member of the Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe, came up with the idea to film a re-imagining of a traditional tale from its mythology,” McInnis continued. “He provided a loose outline on a legend about a forest demon called SeatCo. From there we had our Los Angeles partners contract professional writer Adam Van Conant to flush out the rest of our narrative.”

“This short film follows Eden on a fishing trip just after the passing of her father,” McInnis described. “When she stumbles upon an Elwha Native from a long-lost age, Eden loses herself in her grief and is confronted by her worst fears.” 

The film, shot at Lake Crescent, is recognized as a professional film on IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6112282/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 and has a running time of 10 minutes. The film was finished and released at the end of September 2016.

More on the Making of Perdition Lake

“Students who enrolled in the NOPSC Cinema summer program met the ElBar Media production team for a Skype meeting before production began and were assigned specific crew positions.  They outlined the pre-production process for shooting permits, insurances, and preparing for the shoot before traveling up here for our week-long production.  

Certain dialog in the film was translated to and performed in the S'Klallam language.  

With help from Kelly Lovall, PAHS Thespian Society Director, an audition process took place and the class helped to cast our two main characters, PAHS students Hope Winsor and Madelynne Jones.  

The actors came in for makeup tests and costume fittings before production began.  During production, each day the students would show up for the beginning of class at 8:00 a.m. and would be transported to set at Lake Crescent and back by the time class ended.  

After production wrapped, the production crew took the footage back to Los Angeles for post-production (edit, add musical composition, color grade and export in 2K).  During this time, students created the poster and other promotional materials on the Perdition Lake Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PerditionLake/

Before moving to Port Angeles in 2015, McInnis worked for 13 years in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles for NBCUniversal, E! Entertainment, Deep Grey Productions and several other established companies.  He used these contacts to find experienced professionals who had the availability to participate in the Perdition Lake project.  The four-person team served as producer, director, cinematographer and drone operator.  

“The students reacted very well to the production team and learned a great deal while working on this short film,” McInnis said.  “After wrapping this production, the production team immediately went on to work on a Jean Claude Van Dam feature and then onto an Al Pacino feature.  Currently, the production team is in Georgia working on a feature film with John Travolta.” 

McInnis is planning to emulate this process again. A new production team will travel to Port Angeles to shoot a new short film with the summer class to be submitted in next year's festival circuit.

NOSPC Summer Courses

Call NOSPC staff by phone at 360.565.1533 for more information on enrollment in 2017 summer courses.  Visit the NOPSC website to learn about NOPSC programs, www.nopsc.org/programs.html 

For additional assistance, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
360.565.3703
tsmithohara@portangelesschools.org