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PHS Film Club: Cultivating Creative Minds

Rosemary Surroz
Kairi Richardson during a film shoot

Palisade High School’s campus buzzes with the vibrant energy of the Film Club, a dynamic hub that not only nurtures a passion for filmmaking but also forges lasting bonds among its members. One of the directors of the club, Kairi Richardson, provides us with a captivating glimpse into the inner workings of this artistic haven, revealing inspirations, treasured moments, and the invaluable learning avenues it offers.

While Kairi Richardson’s journey as a director shapes the club’s trajectory, the cinematic influences of directors Lee Cronin and Andy Muschietti also play a pivotal role. Their unique visual storytelling approaches have indelibly influenced Richardson’s creative perspective, igniting a desire to explore unconventional angles and narratives. Their impact underscores the profound influence filmmakers can have on the creative journey of aspiring artists.

Within the Film Club, the allure of creativity intertwines seamlessly with the prospect of career development. Richardson’s insights shed light on the club’s practical learning opportunities, guiding members through the intricate filmmaking process – from inception to post-production. This hands-on experience not only hones technical skills but also fosters a sense of professionalism that is essential in any creative field.

A cornerstone of Palisade High School’s commitment to nurturing future filmmakers is the Film Exposure Program. Serving as a bridge between classroom theory and practical application, this program offers students a chance to dive into the real-world intricacies of filmmaking. Equipped with industry-standard tools and mentorship, participants emerge with a well-rounded understanding of the craft, preparing them for success in the competitive film industry.

Collaboration lies at the heart of the Film Club’s ethos. Richardson’s words reflect the joy of collaborative storyboarding sessions, where diverse ideas converge to craft compelling narratives. This spirit of collective creation mirrors the collaborative dynamics of the film industry, emphasizing the significance of teamwork, adaptability, and effective communication.

The Palisade High School Film Club isn’t solely an extracurricular pursuit; it’s a conduit for personal growth, creative exploration, and professional preparation. Richardson’s role as a director, coupled with the inspiration drawn from accomplished filmmakers and the immersive learning of the Film Exposure Program, ensures that members are poised for success in the ever-evolving world of cinema.

The Palisade High School Film Club is a melting pot of imagination, camaraderie, and artistic pursuit. With Richardson as one of its directors, coupled with the guidance of industry icons and the experiential learning of the Film Exposure Program, the club empowers members to traverse the path from aspiring filmmakers to confident professionals. As Kairi Richardson puts it, the club is ” fun and such a great little community,” embodying the very essence of creative collaboration and the transformative journey that awaits within the world of filmmaking. 

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Rosemary Surroz
Rosemary Surroz, Staff Member
Hey there! I'm a math-loving sophomore and the video editor for the newspaper. I believe that reporting on current events is super important. When I'm not crunching numbers, you can find me exploring my creative side in the school film club. Let's make a positive impact and spread knowledge together!
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