Young Filmmaker Debuts "The Driving Lesson" by Jeanette Larson

Victoria Nieves is a senior at Rockport-Fulton High School and a budding film director. Her first film, "The Driving Lesson," was created as part of the CC7-Day Film Project. Participants are given an instruction sheet and must create a short film that follows the rules of participation. At the kickoff event, teams are given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue, and another element, all of which must appear in the film. Filmmakers have seven days to make a film. The completed films were shown at the CC7D screening on September 3, 2017.

Although she plans to go to college next year, Victoria is uncertain about her career path. She decided to participate in the CC7D competition because "it is cool to watch movies and I thought maybe I could make one of my own." She discovered that, while she thought she could film everything in a day, it was harder to actually carry out. After viewing the raw footage, she needed to try to get the teen actors back for a re-shoot. That was easier said than done and she says, "I did my best but the film is not perfect." Victoria shot the film with her Galaxy S8 phone and a Canon camera. She used Wondershare Filmora to edit her work.

"The Driving Lesson" is the story about a boy who is learning to drive. While his mother is teaching him, the short film shows his first time he drives. After several hours of online driver's education, the teen thinks he knows everything. The CC7D required prop was a pipe of some sort and the required line of dialogue was "This used to be a beautiful _________, but now it's ___________. Victoria interpreted the pipe to be a piece of PVC that was kept in the car for self-defense. Viewers will discover her choice for the line of dialogue when they view the film. The film will be shown on October 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Rockport Fitness Center (call 361-729-9799 to reserve a seat) and at the Rockport Film Festival, Saturday, November 4 as part of the Matinee Shorts beginning at noon. Rockport Film Festival screenings will be at the Texas Martime Museum.

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