Imagine having just 48 hours to write, film, and edit a short movie. As part of the annual San Antonio 48-Hour Film Project, a group of mostly 15 year old high school youth and members of Venturing Crew 804 including Joseph Asher Martinez, Chad Juniper, Zion Rangel, Daisy Loren Juarequi, Jade Juaregui, Candace Garza, Daniel Garza, and Angel Zuniga Martinez did just that for their seven-minute film “Hey Mary” produced by their team – Zunimar Films. WATCH THE SHORT FILM ABOVE!
Kicking off from the launch party at the Alamo City Studios on Friday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. to the turn in at the same site on Sunday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. participants are allowed to do all necessary writing, storyboarding, filming, and editing. On Friday evening, the teams are assigned a specific genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue, all of which must be used in the film. This year’s genre assigned to team Zunimar was “Drama” and the required elements were a check, a character named Jessica Claybill who is a physical therapist, and the line “I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine.” People of all ages, skill and experience levels participate. Experienced and new filmmakers find that the deadline pushes them to end the weekend with a finished film – something that is very hard to do in the “real world”.
The youth did not win any awards yet, but valued the opportunity.
“It was pretty cool to see our film on the big screen in front of a live audience! It was an experience I will never forget,” said Daisy Loren, the lead actress in the production and also an aspiring performing artist.
Fourteen year old Daisy Loren has been a singer since the age of three; born and raised in the west side of San Antonio, Texas. You can follow Daisy online at her Facebook page or find out when she is performing next by visiting this Tejano Entertainment site.
Daisy Loren has completed her 8-song inaugural CD entitled “Timido” which is currently receiving extensive radio airplay. The CD is available thru +150 digital media distribution outlets, including Apple Music.
Daisy’s older sister, 15 year old Jade Marlene Jauregui, played the “villain” within the film as the physical therapist. Besides acting, Jade enjoys dance and is an aspiring model based in San Antonio. You can follow Jade on Instagram.
Zion, Chad, and Joseph at DATA HS.
“I want to be a successful screenwriter, and I’d like to say thank you to everyone that helped us with this project,” said 15 year old actor, writer, and future filmmaker, Chad Juniper.
Zion Rangel, Chad Juniper, and Joseph Martinez attend Roosevelt High School with Chad and Joseph enrolled within the Design and Technology Academy (DATA) located within Roosevelt. DATA is a magnet program emphasizing career and professional readiness in the fields of Animation, Architecture, Computer Science, Design & Arts, Technology Application and Video Production. DATA provides rigorous college preparation building on key design concepts across the curriculum including content area and elective courses.
“I’m interested in music, writing, and film,” said Daniel Garza, who played the new “intern” for the project.
Before acting within this 48 Hour short film project, Candace Garza and her 15 year old brother have found success within school and the community at La Vernia. Candace sings and plays guitar while Daniel plays bass within their up-and-coming indie rock band.
STAY TUNED FOR WHAT THESE YOUTH DO NEXT!