High School to Hollywood

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:58 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:58 AM EDT

East Aurora, N.Y. (WKBW) - Lights, camera, action!

There is a lot of action in movies produced by high school students.

"It was the first year for film academy and the first class was creative writing where we wrote our own scripts," Student Alec Sebastian said.

The group then moved to editing the movie and then finally acting it out. They made a number of movies throughout the year but their final project was the most involved.

"We worked really hard. We were in here editing for hours and hours," Student Quinn Aiken said.

It took weeks to put the movie together, although the movie was just 17 minutes long. They said this was not just a school project. The entire community got involved. Students shot the movie at different locations across East Aurora.
Finally, on Tuesday night they headed to the local theatre.

"All of our projects were put onto the big screen, which was weird to see because we were looking at them on a computer screen and there were a ton of people there," student Katie Kassella said.

Aiken had this to add.

"I was shocked so many people showed up. It made me nervous. You are sitting there and look behind, there are 200 people watching your movie," Aiken said.

The students involved said this is not just any class. It is helping them prepare for their future in more ways than one.

"I think the earlier you can start exploring these areas the better. I think it is good that East Aurora High School is promoting the film academy, arts and music, all sorts of areas," Kassella said.

Many students say because of this experience, they will have a leg up when heading to college.