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East High School students make award-winning film

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It took some brainstorming, but a group of East High School students finally came up with an idea for their short film. It took some brainstorming, but a group of East High School students finally came up with an idea for their short film.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Ever wonder how to make an award-winning film? Some East High School students have learned how.

It took some brainstorming, but a group of East High School students finally came up with an idea for their short film.

"Um, a lot of us thought it was kind of dumb at first, but it does sound kind of dumb, but it turned out to be pretty nice," said Ryan Miller, Senior.

"Did you come up with the idea, I think they were saying," said KTIV Reporter, Ross Caniglia.

"They're kind of just modest about it.  We kind of mushed our heads together.  That's how the idea came to be," said Austin Lofland, Junior.

No matter where the idea came from, students agreed it was pretty good.

"This video was about me running with a fish for no reason actually, and we eventually end up at a card table. I slap the fish down, and someone says "go fish,"' said Miller.

"It was a fake fish that Devon got from his relatives of his I think, and we kind of just put it in there and hoped it wouldn't float away," said Lofland.

They submitted the short film into the Siouxland Film Festival, competing against eight other teams from across the area.

The results of the contest spelled excitement.

"They weren't able to make it to competition because they were at Show Choir, but I called them and told them that they won local film, and they erupted," said Wendy Bryce, Speech Coach.

"Everyone just started yelling that was in the bus with us because we had all the guys with us," said Skyler Trobaugh, Senior.

Students attribute their success to a number of factors.

One of those, time.

"Last year's video took us maybe an hour and a half to edit, and this year it took a lot more than that," said Lofland.

Along with the hard work and award-winning results, students remember one of the simplest things in life, fun.

"For the elevator scene it was just really hard to make that scene as awkward as possible without bursting out laughing.  We had at least 50 takes," said Trobaugh.

Besides winning at the Siouxland Film Festival, the group also used it at the all-state Large Group Speech Contest.

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