Lights, camera, action at BHS

Written by Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald April 26, 2013 07:49 am

Submitted photo Justin Ball, left foreground and Tyler Schlipf film and direct actors Lizzie Calder, left, and Alex McKim for “FAC Weekly,” a weekly update on activities of the BHS Film Arts Club.
Submitted photo Justin Ball, left foreground and Tyler Schlipf film and direct actors Lizzie Calder, left, and Alex McKim for “FAC Weekly,” a weekly update on activities of the BHS Film Arts Club.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The Film Arts Club at Baker High School is in its fourth year, which has been the most productive so far.

And the highest quality, thanks to a high-definition camera the club purchased after submitting a proposal for funds to the student council.

Eight films will be showcased at the club’s film festival, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Eltrym Theater, 1809 First St.

Admission is $5 per person, or $3 for BHS students and staff. Tickets are on sale at the Eltrym.

All proceeds support the FAC.

Tyler Schlipf is the club’s head director and Justin Ball is the head producer.

Ryan Cashen is both the secretary and treasurer.

Although there are 25 on the club’s roster, the core group is about 15.

Most try their hand at all facets of filmmaking, but they all have their preferences.

“We have some people who are better at acting, and some people who are better at camera,” Schlipf said.

At the beginning of the school year, the club’s first month is for training new members on operating equipment. Prior film experience isn’t necessary.

“They can have no experience at all — we teach them how to use the camera, how to edit,” Ball said.

Next come the projects — Schlipf said sometimes he’ll offer a member a prop and half a script and challenge them to create the rest.

Although they do have a classroom set up with their equipment — including a professional green screen — all activities are done outside of class time.

“It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun,” Cashen said.

A new style this year is stop-motion animation, which involves moving an object miniscule amounts and taking a photo at each stage. All those photos together create a sense of motion.

This technique is featured in the film “Magic Self-Solving Rubiks Cube” — Daniel Drake said he took 1,500 photographs for that project.

In addition to films, the club produces “FAC Weekly.” Each show has a different theme — they shoot footage in front of the green screen, then replace the green with a background of their choice (space, winter, etc.)

These are uploaded to YouTube — to see the weekly productions, plus some of the club’s films, search for “BHS Film Arts Club.”

They also have a Facebook page.

The eight films to be presented at the festival are: “Identity,” “Weeping Thermos,” “Wing It,” “Takes,” “The Haunted Cemetery,” “The Game 2,” “Brainstorm” and “Magic Self-Solving Rubiks Cube.”