McNary film student reveals the cost of success
February 9, 2020 By:MHS Piper
By: Kate Peton
Breaden Olheiser, a McNary film student, received an award that honors the most professional CTE student of the month. In addition to the reward, Olheiser was gifted a $50.00 gift card to further his career in film.
“The most recent film we were tasked with was a promotional video for the CTE program. We were all individually reviewed by our peers and our instructor, Ms. Gruber. I think the reward was mainly based on that, but also how I had operated during the first semester in working with the theater and choir to do live events,” Olheiser said.
“The 50 dollar gift card would be going to my next film project, which would cost a lot more because it’s a lot bigger of a production. The script hits at about 45 pages, which is much bigger than the other projects I’ve done,” he said.
“Beyond the support that I get from using the equipment here at the school, it’s all coming straight out of my pocket. It’s fun to be independent, but it’s costing me a lot of money. Film making and video production is expensive,” he said.
“Independent filmmaking is a whole other spectrum of doing odd jobs to make enough money to fund the next project. Luckily, as a student film maker, I’m more under the radar to where I don’t have to pay for a lot of things that I would if I was an independent filmmaker, Olheiser said.
“The school usually offers enough equipment to make it possible to do video production. The difference is that a lot more students in video production start investing in their own equipment, which are long term investments,” he said.
“Under all of that though, we have an entire production with actors, props, and equipment that we put our own money and time into. I spent over a year writing this script, and I just got another draft done only last weekend,” Olheiser said.