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Students show creative vision

The creative vision of Denton County young people continues to impress, and this time young filmmakers from Argyle and Sanger high schools are in the spotlight.

Films from the two schools are among 37 state finalists for this year’s University Interscholastic League filmmakers competition, a pilot program that includes original narrative, documentary and animation films produced by high school filmmakers.

The finalists, including the two local films, were scheduled to be screened this week at the UIL’s Young Filmmakers Festival at Paramount Theatre in Austin.

Argyle’s film is the documentary Destiny: A Game for the Ages, which is seven minutes long and captures the Argyle Eagles’ journey to the Class 3A Division II state football championship.

Matt Garnett, a junior, was the film’s director, editor, photographer, videographer and visionary, said Stacy Short, adviser for the film. It can be viewed online at

Short said 22,817 photographs were taken during the course of the football season and students spent several hundred hours in the production of the film, using digital cameras, a rented video camera and three to four clips of footage from WFAA-TV, which were credited to the station’s videographer.

Other students who participated in the project in various capacities included Darby Richhart, Tanner Davenport, Maddie Moseley, Jeff Short, Catherine Read, Aubrey Kass, Annabel Thorpe, Josh Block, Maggie DiVecchia, Allie Hommel, Mark Pfohl and Chase Kammerer.

Sanger’s film is GOAL! The short, just over a minute and a half long, was inspired by a desire to do something with “claymation,” or clay stop-motion animation, and features a creature named Murphy attempting to make a soccer goal.

GOAL! was directed by senior Tyler Sanders and edited by junior Hunter Bennett with junior Collins Jones as camera operator. It can be viewed online at

The students who made GOAL! hope it brings a smile to the people who see it, Bennett said. It took the students about three to four weeks to produce, and it was a collaborative effort of all three students.

Using a digital camera on a tripod, the students shot their animated film on a cabinet in the prop room of the school’s audio/video production teacher, Juliana Musgrave. Murphy, the film’s star, was sculpted by Sanders as shooting took place.

Musgrave said Sanger’s film was largely something her students did for fun. But after reviewing the finished piece, she said she was impressed and encouraged them to enter the UIL contest.

We congratulate the students involved in these projects for their accomplishment, and we look forward to hearing about their creative endeavors in the future.

It’s encouraging that the UIL decided to offer the filmmakers competition as a pilot program, and we encourage officials to expand the competitive options available to students.

New creative categories for UIL contests would not only provide an outlet for young people’s enthusiasm about technology but would also help strengthen the typical high school curriculum.

We need to continue to find new ways to challenge young minds.