NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A group of home-schoolers in Nacodoches are using their summer break productively. They are learning videography, subject they all share an interest in.
On Friday, East Texas News' caught them in action in downtown Nacogdoches, which is the subject of their first film.
This summer there will be no lying on the couch watching movies for these youngsters. Instead, they're making a movie of their own.
"We each wrote a small paragraph over the historical location over Nacogdoches, and today we're doing our location in downtown Nacogdoches, which is probably the heart of Nacogdoches and the most historical place," said Kerrigan Hightower, a 15-year-old homeschooler.
Mom Pamela Hightower kept things moving on the set, but that's where her direction stopped.
"They learn in different ways," said Hightower, who is the vice president of activities for the Nacogdoches Area Christian Home-schoolers Educators Association. "They're taught in different ways, so we wanted to give them the ability to just kind of explore on their own."
Editor Caleb Perkins is one in the club who feeds off the visual world he's growing up in.
"It's partly because of that and partly because it's just so entertaining to watch something move other than just looking at a still picture," said Perkins, a 17-year-old home-schooler.
Like many film makers, the Film Production Club has connections. This group's "in" is Stephen F. Austin State University's Cinematography Department.
"And there are a couple of the graduate students up there that we have direct contact with that have used some of the kids in their films," Pamela said.
The students will ask for critiques during production.
"Just giving that feedback is going to be good because the kids want to get better," Pamela said.
The goal is to premiere the video at the Nacogdoches Film Festival or share it with the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce.
Film production should end in a couple of weeks. The working title is "Heart of Texas." It was inspired by a downtown store that treated the crew to Bluebell Ice Cream.