Teen Tech Week: An Interview With Shocking Arts Productions
April 08, 2014
We've got film stars, right here in Independence! We had so much fun making a video last year, we decided to do it again. This time around, I had the pleasure of working with Shocking Arts Productions (a group of Truman High student film makers) who offered to do practically all the work for me! I said: "Where have you been all my life?!" I also was really curious about how they got started.
I sat down with Matthew Silvestri, Brian Lightbourne, and Logan Easter. Matt and Brian met in acting class at Truman and bonded over an improv skit (Matt countered Brian's Batman voice with his best Bane). The two discovered they shared a love of YouTube, and Shocking Arts was born. Social media has been a big inspiration for them, and they all agreed that without it, they probably never would have gotten into doing what they do. Right now, they are creating a new video every week or so and posting it to their channel. They use Adobe After Effects, Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker, and TechSmith Camtasia to achieve their magic. Unfortunately, none of those are free. (This is not a cheap hobby!) Recently, they partnered with Truman's film club, and they are really excited to expand their efforts with the school's equipment.
All three agree that acting is their favorite part of the process. None really enjoy the editing..."it takes forever!" I laughed, as I recalled my efforts with last year's video. It does.
They have big plans for their little channel. Stop by and watch a video or two! Their fan base is growing, and their current project is their favorite. (I suspect they say that about every new project.) In the works for the future is a live action adaptation of Assassin's Creed, but they plan to explore all different genres.
When asked if they hope to continue pursuing their video passion after high school, all were enthusiastic about continuing through college. In 10 years, Matt plans to study film and be making movies in Hollywood under Shocking Arts Production Company. Brian's going to be working at Shocking Arts and playing heavy metal music. Logan wants to go into video game design, as well as continuing his affiliation with Shocking Arts.
Their best advice for someone hoping to enter the YouTube arena? "Have no shame in your game," Brian said light-heartedly. Be confident and pick something you like doing, make sure you clarify your idea before you get started, don't be afraid to be ridiculous, find like-minded people to help you out, and have fun! Sounds like good advice to me. Happy film making!
South Independence Branch