June 13--Kevin Glazener, 17, distinguished his senior year at Minarets High School by being the first student to win an award at the Slick Rock Student Film Festival Award. His film, "Minecraft Spoof" won best comedy. More than 25 schools participated this year and submitted more than 200 films.
"Kevin follows the footsteps of some of our most iconic and award winning filmmakers, like River Harmony, Trevor Boyd and others, who are now in film schools. But Kevin blazed a new trail with the first big Slick Rock win for Minarets," said Jon Corippo, Minarets Charter, film, and technology director.
Winning felt "amazing," according to Glazener.
"I received a text from my teacher telling me that I had just won the first Slick Rock," he said. "I can't describe how I felt other than pure joy and excitement for our school."
Glazener's film was based on the video game Minecraft and Glazener's goal was to make it seem like a nature documentary.
"In the film, three teenage boys who play Minecraft excessively are forced to stop playing and come back into the real world," Glazener said. "The film follows them as they try to interact with the world as if they were playing Minecraft."
Glazener originally made the film for an English assignment.
"We were supposed to make a spoof about something we liked," he said. "During this time, a few of my friends who were working on the project with me were playing Minecraft. I suggested that we do a film spoofing Minecraft and they loved it."
Corippo said Glazener's film is great because he used his film skills to create it for his English class, a testament to his skills and the collaborative nature of teaching at Minarets.
Glazener said he's been making films since age 10, so this project was easy and only took about two and-a-half hours to write, film and edit it.
Glazener loves making films so much, that he said he decided to pursue it as a career in his sophomore year. He plans to pursue two degrees at California State University Northridge -- one in either editing or special effects and one in computer science.
"Kevin will have a bright future somewhere in the entertainment industry," Corippo said. "Former Slick Rock winners have had a high degree of translating that success to actual careers, with many working in Hollywood and several making feature films and winning Emmys."
The film festival is sponsored by the Tulare Office of Education. It's mission, according to the festival's website, is "to advance academic student achievement by challenging students to connect with local businesses and communities through films that reach or meet industry standards in filmmaking."
Minarets has had the most Slick Rock nominees out of all schools over the last two years, according to Corippo. This year, Minarets had at least one finalist -- a top four finish -- in seven out of nine categories.
Glazener's film can be viewed at http://slickrockfestival.org/
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