Aspiring directors and actors invited to join Teen Film Club

Do you like to watch movies? Have you ever thought about what it takes to make your own? The St. Helena Branch library is starting the Teen Film Club. Get ready to learn what it takes to create a comedy skit and a music video, with step-by-step guidance from the teen librarian and computer lab instructor.

There will be two major projects in the Teen Film Club -- a re-enactment of "Loud Librarian" from the ever-popular '90s Nickelodeon teen show "All That" and a music video parody of Pharrell Williams' catchy song, "Happy."

Join a comedic cast and crew of local teens as they act as normal library patrons who come face to face with an obnoxious, ironic and, above all, high-volume librarian at the teen desk. The club will vote on actors, special effects crew, camera operators and post-production (film editing) to make the iconic skit come to life.

Recently, well-known parody singer and songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic has given his take on "Happy," from the popular sequel to "Despicable Me." Yankovic's version is about being "tacky," with a music video that illustrates every aspect of the adjective. For the Teen Film Club, teens in Beaufort County will have the opportunity to create their own version of "Happy" in a library setting with "Libraries Make Me Happy" -- a lyrical homage to how libraries in the county have positively affected teenagers' everyday lives.

The Teen Film Club will take place mostly at the St. Helena Island library, but there will be a special class for the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island branches on Sept. 13. The teen librarian and computer lab instructor will head down for this special program, and participants in southern Beaufort County will create their version of "Libraries Make Me Happy," which will be included in the final version produced and edited at the St. Helena Island library.

Teens who decide to participate in the Teen Film Club will have created two films that can then be submitted to the Beaufort County Teen Film Festival. The Teen Film Festival will be performed a little differently than past years. Teenagers aged 11-17 may pick up entry forms and submit their films at any of the five Beaufort County Library branches -- Lobeco, St. Helena, Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head -- by 5 p.m. Oct. 3. There will be a showing of the submitted films at all five branches on Oct. 13. Finally, the awards ceremony with a red carpet, trophies and light refreshments will take place Oct. 18.

If you're a teen with an interest in acting or filmmaking, the Teen Film Club is for you. We would love to see your talents put to the test with your peers. The Teen Film Club is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday until Oct. 1 at the St. Helena Branch Library. Come show us your best film yet.

Melanie Florencio is the computer lab instructor at St. Helena Branch Library.

Original story at the Island Packet