NHS student's winning script being made into short film

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Not many teenagers can say their script is being made into a short film.

But Isabella Cameron, a 16-year-old student at Norwalk High School, has those bragging rights. She wrote “Vivid,” one of three scripts that were winners in the 2019 Teen Screenwriting Competition by Film Columbus and the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). 

“‘Vivid’ tells a story of a colorless world where creativity is unheard of. People dress, speak and act in the exact same way. After a high school girl has a breakdown of rainbow tears during art class, her classmate seeks to discover how she is different from the rest and how she manages to use her imagination,” said Cameron, who be will a junior next year at NHS.

Industry professionals selected the winners out of 12 submissions. Their movies will be premiered at the Film Festival of Columbus from Sept. 11 through 14.

“We were really impressed by the students’ scripts and we’re looking forward to see how the films unfold in the CCAD Film & Video Camp,” said John Daugherty, executive director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission (aka Film Columbus) and one of the judges.

One aim of Film Columbus is to expand the film industry in Columbus and central Ohio by creating jobs and providing significant economic impact for the area.

“I think what makes the (‘Vivid’) story a captivating concept for film is how much it says about us as a society and the ‘follower culture’ that we live in. The script really makes the reader think. That, and it offers great opportunities to visually tell a story through color that I can't wait to see finished on screen,” said Cameron, the daughter of Jason and Melissa.

Cameron and other teenagers, ages 13 to 18, attended two free workshops in February with the hope of having their scripts made into a film. The winning scripts are being made into short films during the new three-week CCAD Film & Video Camp, which ran through Friday.

“Film Columbus is dedicated to showing Columbus as a leader in film exhibition, production and education. And we’re thrilled to partner with Columbus College of Art & Design to help educate more young Ohioans about filmmaking,” Daugherty said.

Cameron has wanted to be a storyteller since she was a young girl.

“It didn't hit me until recently that I realized my love for visual storytelling and my appreciation for films. Writing scripts has served me the satisfaction of bringing my visions to the screen — something that I never received from years of drawing and writing short stories,” the teenager said.

Christine Hill, CCAD director of the continuing and professional studies department, said the filmmaking contest and camp are great ways to get more young people interested in filmmaking in central Ohio. The camp explores the filmmaking process — from pre-production and set design to filming and post-production work — and was free to attend for the contest winners.

“At Columbus College of Art & Design, we’re committed to bringing art and design to young people and we’re excited to work with Film Columbus to encourage students to explore the growing film and video industry in central Ohio,” Hill said.

CCAD, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest private, non-profit art and design colleges in the United States. The school offers 12 bachelor of fine arts programs and two master’s programs in art and design.

Cameron was asked what are the most important things she has learned at the film camp.

“Throughout the camp I've learned how much I underestimated the process behind filmmaking. I thought I had already had a good idea of what went on behind the camera, but ever since I first walked in I've gained experience that I would have never attained from (watching) YouTube videos. I'm thankful and so excited for this opportunity.”

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