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Goliad students win first place at film festival (w/video)

By Carolina Astrain
May 24, 2014 at 12:24 a.m.

Kikland Eggemeyer

Matthew Baca and his teammates leapt out of their seats and screamed with joy when their short film, "Hall Monitors," was named state champion.

"Hall Monitors" won first for narrative at the first University Interscholastic League Young Filmmakers Festival.

"I was surprised really; there were a lot of good films there," said Baca, a Goliad High School senior. "I was probably one of the most pessimistic ones there, and I jumped up out of my chair after the announcement."

Baca, 18, said he hugged the person sitting closest to him, teammate Union Brooks, who is also a senior at Goliad High.

"We were all so outrageously excited," Brooks, 19, said. "All the films shown there were brilliant in their own way."

The win was an important one for the newly developed video and audio production class, which was started this school year, said coordinator and teacher Christy Zillig.

"There were kids at this school who were already interested in filmmaking, so there was demand," said Zillig, who has also worked as a computer science and mathematics teacher. "When we learned about the UIL competition, it gave my kids something to work hard for."

The film "Hall Monitors" was written, shot and edited one month before the contest deadline in March.

The premise of the film takes a comedic look at hall monitors who have gone rogue.

The students spent three weeks writing, one week shooting and one week editing, Zillig said.

"I hope we get more students in the class next year," Zillig said. "I also hope we can raise more money for another camera and equipment."

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