A Film-Video major at Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications has reached out to Tyrone Borough for help in producing a proposed senior thesis project. This week, Police Chief John Romeo presented the news to council and said the police department has agreed to work with the students.
Senior student Aaron Salada reached out to Chief Romeo to inquire about filming two scenes with police officers for his senior thesis film.
“Both are relatively easy scenes,” said Salada, expecting the filming will take one or two nights for a few hours each. Filming could happen as soon as this weekend around Tyrone.
“The script is basically that a young girl is having nightmares. She goes into the woods and she’s digging up a skull, and a police officer comes by and provides assistance,” said Chief Romeo. Council members said the opportunity sounds exciting.
“The successful completion of this capstone project is a graduation requirement,” said Maura E. Shea, associate department head of Film-Video and Media Studies at the College. “The students work in production teams to complete a 10- to 20-minute film that serves as the key element in their portfolio.”
According to Shea, student producers are dedicated and take the projects very seriously. “They aggressively work to produce projects with the highest production values they can reasonably support,” she said.
Typically, the students seek community support to assist with casting, locations, and other aspects of production. The assistance help student producers refine their skills for entrance in to the competitive field after college.
“Our program is proud to have produced many nationally-recognized and award-winning films,” said Shea. “We feel that this year’s projects also have great potential.”