Reposted from the TV Segment “Crews Begin Production On 10 Year Screenwriter’s Short Film” Reported by David Ade of WICD on April 29th, 2013
URBANA–A group of children in Champaign-Urbana are getting the experience of a lifetime because of a new competition started by the Champaign-Urbana Film Society.
Nine scripts written by students throughout Champaign-Urbana are being turned into short films.
This weekend, one of those films, written by 10 year old Iona Sofia Hopping, began shooting.
Program organizers say they went through about 120 script entries.
They say, this program could encourage children to explore new avenues of creativity.
Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition
CHAMPAIGN — Students are putting their screenwriting skills to the test. It’s apart of the screenwriting competition called Pens to Lens. The Champaign-Urbana Film Society came up with the idea.
Back in January, Kids K through 12 were asked to write an original screenplay. 120 students did and now about nine of those are being turned into short films with the help of Champaign Movie Makers.
WCIA 3’s Erica Quednau got to check out the making of “Tunnel to Greenland.” It’s an original screenplay written by Ruth Chung, a 17 year old from Champaign.
“I like to write just in general. Usually I don’t do screenplays, I just do like regular writings but I thought this might be a cool opportunity,” said Chung.
She entered the Pens to Lens competition after her english teacher suggested it. Now she is seeing her writing come to life.
“I really did not think it would happen to me so I think it’s really cool,” said Chung.
“I read the script and it was just absolutely mind boggling, so good. It was even better than scripts I’ve seen adults write,” said Anne Lukeman.
She is the director of the film and part of Champaign Movie Makers.
“We want to help build the film community starting with kids all the way on up,” said Lukeman.
It’s a community unknown to some but students like Ruth could change that.
“We have a really strong group of community film makers. It’s great to kind of spread that love and spread that knowledge and spread that interest back to a younger age group,” said Chris Lukeman. He is the assistant director on Chung’s film but also apart of Champaign-Urbana Film Society and Champaign Movie Makers.
“I think it’ll be cool to see all the movies and obviously to see the movie on screen, to see like the characters actually come to life,” said Chung.
All the short films will be aired at a red-carpet like gala at the end of the month. Awards will be given out for best writing.