“Class Dismissed” Filmed at Explorer West

Shooting a classroom scene with the female lead "Katy".

Shooting a classroom scene with the female lead “Katy” and her classmates.

A  short film entitled “Class Dismissed” was filmed at Explorer West on February 10th and 11th. The film’s production team held auditions within the school community over the last couple of weeks and many students and teachers were cast as the leads and ensemble actors.

The film itself is a short love story about a young boy mustering the courage to ask his dream girl out to the school dance. Since it is a silent film based around an original score, there is no dialogue in the piece with the story being completely told through the actors’ expressions and the music. Sammy Applegate wrote the music as her thesis to earn a Master of Music in Film Composition from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program/Seattle Film Institute. She created a thesis of “film music” (but without a film), which was recorded with a 45 piece orchestra at Studio X.  She is thrilled to finally share this musical piece through “Class Dismissed.”

"Kevin" (male lead) taking props and next steps from the director.

“Kevin” (male lead) taking props and next steps from the director.

Mighty Tripod Productions  is the production company working on the film and the Director/Composer is Sammy Applegate. They are planning on completing it this spring and will submit it to Seattle Shorts Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and other national and local short festivals.

The students spent several hours on set after busy days at school, but fully enjoyed the opportunity to participate in making a film and acting in front of a camera. Thank you to the production team for choosing to work with Explorer West Middle School!

Director in action in classroom scene.

Director in action in classroom scene.

Filming the dance scene in the corner of the gym.

Filming the dance scene in the corner of the gym.

It's a wrap - cast and crew of "Class Dismissed".

It’s a wrap – cast and crew of “Class Dismissed”.