Film club students get taste of reel life

A new club for students at Marshalltown High School may not produce the next Steven Spielberg, but it is creating some excitement.

The MHS film club started recently as students are learning filmmaking, acting, video production and editing from MHS teacher Michael Goldberg and Marshalltown Community College faculty member Steve Muntz. The high school has started several new clubs to get students more involved and connected to the school.

Goldberg has sensed the excitement level from the group of 12 students who meet weekly after school in the film club.

“They are interested in making movies,” he said. “It’s something fun for them and we’re hoping this really opens a door for kids who have an interest. It’s just a great way to potentially start a career.”

The ideas for what types of projects they produce are up to the students and can range from hour-long films, to brief You Tube clips, Goldberg said. In other words, the instructors want to get the creativity flowing no matter what route the students choose.

“We don’t have one very rigid thing in mind,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg said he hopes the students can eventually enter their films in contests and possibly win awards for their work. Muntz said this club draws all types of students in several different roles in producing a video.

“It’s for students from all walks of life,” Muntz said. “Some might be interested in acting or the editing side or just in having fun making a film. It’s a good experience for them.”

Muntz also hopes those students interested in this field will then move on to the program at MCC.

One of the first projects from the club was putting together a promotional video for the film club itself to run on the MHS Bobcat News Network at the school to try to get more students to join.