The 22nd of February marked an unforgettable night for IB film students. Their work was showcased at the grand PremiereX12, ISB’s 12th annual film premiere night.
Outside the theater, a red carpet with life-size cut outs of Mr. O’Reilly was set up. After everyone filed into the theater, the film premiere started with an opening performance by Alex K. (12) and Tina Z. (11), who sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love” accompanied by Mr. O’Reilly on the guitar. Mr. O’Reilly then introduced the event to the audience, recognizing the hard work of the 12th grade students, who dedicated massive amounts of time and effort to creating the 7-minute films. Each group introduced their film before it was screened, and afterwards they were asked by Mr. O’Reilly to explain the different choices they made.
One film that stood out was “Nine” by Angie K. (12), Julia H. (12), and Melis G. (12). The team showed the story of a teenage daughter who reads letters her mother had written before she passed away during childbirth. The film includes flashbacks and voiceovers of the letters, which were written during the mother’s nine months of pregnancy.
Students taking IB film commented that the premiere night was very helpful in that it allowed them to get a general idea of what their films should be like, in particular for the aspects of story elements and techniques. Liam G. (11) said:
“For us film students, the Film Night helped to make concepts clear, inspired us, and also allowed us to learn from the seniors’ mistakes.”
Overall, the event was worth attending. However, it did lack variety in that some of the films had very similar themes or scenes. Nevertheless, many remarked that almost every aspect—cinematography, the story line, and even the music composed by the film students—was impressive. Elizabeth N. (11), said:
“I actually quite liked all the films. The cinematography was great, and some films had great story-lines, too. It was hard to believe that the music was composed by the students—that’s amazing.”
Film Night finished with an emotional farewell to Mr. O’Reilly, who is leaving ISB after this year. The students brought out bouquets to express their gratitude to one of the teachers that led them through IB Film.
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