February 15, 2012
By Trey Holt| Ranger Reporter
Amarillo College’s Film Production Club is up for a busy semester.
The film club initially was started as a sanctuary for creative students who are interested in creating films or who want to practice acting on-camera. This year, on top of the projects they have in the pipeline, they are planning a film contest to take place in April.
Club President Alex Fairbanks is particularly excited about the endeavor.
“It’s a great opportunity to seek out new and creative local talent in the community,” he said.
As for the club’s projects this semester, Fairbanks is planning a film project called It’s Always Windy in Amarillo, a parody of the popular television show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Vice President Trevor Alonzo said he is excited about the upcoming projects.
“I’m happy to be working on new projects this semester,” Alonzo said. “We have a Friday the 13th fan film planned as well as this one we call Music Video of Violence, both of which we have trailers up for now on our YouTube channel.”
Many ideas are being pitched at the moment. Alan Smithee has been a member since last year and is planning his directorial debut this semester.
“I’m writing a comedic parody of the club’s dynamics,” Smithee said. “The idea for it is still in progress, but wheels are in motion.”
Club Recordkeeper Emily Rickert compared the club to a safe haven for media-inclined students to let out their creative frustrations.
“We’re like a family,” she said. “We work together to see our video ideas become a reality and support one another’s goals and ambitions for the future.”
The club has weekly meetings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in room 106 of the College Union Building. The room is next to the bookstore. The meetings are open for anyone to sit in and share ideas.
One problem facing the club is lack of members, and recruitment is one of the priorities at the moment. The club always is open to new members. Members must be currently enrolled at AC and are required to attend weekly meetings.
The club’s work can be found on its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/acfilmclub.