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The title card for Timber Wolf Production's most recent short film, Blackout. Blackout started production in the 2017-2018 school year and was published April 24.

The title card for Timber Wolf Production's most recent short film, Blackout. Blackout started production in the 2017-2018 school year and was published April 24.

Timber Wolf Productions

The title card for Timber Wolf Production's most recent short film, Blackout. Blackout started production in the 2017-2018 school year and was published April 24.

Timber Wolf Productions

Timber Wolf Productions

The title card for Timber Wolf Production's most recent short film, Blackout. Blackout started production in the 2017-2018 school year and was published April 24.

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Timber Wolf Productions’ longest short film aired on April 15, 2019. The short film, titled Blackout, is about a group of students trying to keep themselves amused during a power shortage.  With their lessons online and their phones taken away, the class resorts to taking turns telling stories. The group spins tales of a kingless kingdom and a daring escape, along with humorous retellings of classics like Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel to pass the time.

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Katherine McCoy’s character shares her story. McCoy’s story is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel.

Timber Wolf Productions tends to be known for their short videos. They mostly just created content for the morning news show in the past.  However, this year they put out films for students to watch in resource as a replacement, all complete with skits. While there is an abundance of these videos, Blackout breaks the mold being just over half an hour long. The thirty-two-minute film was completed, pitched, scripted, and edited by the 2017-2018 video production classes. “The first day of school last year, we had a meeting with anybody who was interested in doing the writing. They kind of threw this idea together,” according to Video Production teacher Mr. Hallinan.

While Blackout aired on April 15, 2019, the creation process for the short has taken over a year, production had lasted from September 2017 to October 2018. The film was a large project that took hard work and dedication from the students to complete.  Amber Mongelli, the lead director, and associate producer said: “I’d come in early to organize costumes, and stay late any day I could with whoever was available to get stuff done.”

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Shown above are 2017-2018 video production students filming part of the first story told. Parts of the video that were shot outside required the actors to film outside of school hours.

Students Like Mongelli went above and beyond to get Blackout finished in time for 2019’s spring break. Kids came in after school to film outside, create costumes, and some transitioning high schoolers even worked on it over the summer.  “They were amazingly dedicated. It showed the heart they put into this. They were in contact with each other and used their free time to put it into this product which shows how dedicated [to it] they were,” Hallinan said.

Last year’s video productions class worked hard to be able to share their hard work. Their acting, scripting, and editing the final product shows that Blackout was a project that took a lot, but that they were able to get it done. Timber Wolf Productions doesn’t plan to make a video such as this anywhere in the near future, but Blackout stands as an incredible project.

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