If You Could Have Any Super Power - What Would It Be? San Antonio Students Have Been Given The Power to Make Big Time Movie Magic

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New non-profit organization’s first feature film will give students hands-on experience in all aspects of filmmaking. “FIELDS AFIRE” tells the story of a rag tag baseball team who believe they have been given special powers after they survive a meteor strike that sets their baseball field on fire.

The San Antonio Young Filmmakers Project (SAYFP) is proud to announce its first feature film, FIELDS AFIRE, which will be produced in San Antonio. The SAYFP was created to provide community outreach and one-on-one opportunities for regional youth to participate in the feature filmmaking process. Through this program, many pre- and post-production, design, and acting roles on FIELDS AFIRE will be filled by local film students (6th - 12th grades). The high school students will also partner with and shadow film professionals and college level film students as mentors.

The production is headed by Will Underwood, digital cinema instructor at Saint Mary’s Hall. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with young people every day,” said Underwood. “I have been involved in many film projects, but this one is special.  Giving young artists the chance to work side by side with industry mentors while they realize their creative vision would mean true success for everyone involved.”

Inspired by an actual event, FIELDS AFIRE is about baseball, summer, and the magic of childhood. This family-friendly film tells the story of a downtrodden baseball team whose members witness a meteorite fall, crash, and set fire to their baseball field. They remain inexplicably unharmed, leading them to believe that they may have been gifted with something special.

FIELDS AFIRE was written by Award-winning WGA screenwriters Terri Spaugh and Shannon Jimenez. Spaugh saw a news report about a meteor strike twenty years ago, and it has haunted her ever since. “Baseball is the great American pastime,” said Spaugh. “Throughout the course of the film, baseball brings these misfit kids together. It gives them the family they’ve always wanted, and it instills them with the hope – for love, for the future - they’ve always needed, to succeed.”

“This is a movie for kids, about kids, and by kids,” added Jimenez. “When we were young, Terri and I dreamed of making movie magic. Now, through this project, we are making that dream happen for the next generation by mentoring aspiring young filmmakers in the San Antonio region.”

FIELDS AFIRE will start production in mid June with completion targeted for the 2013 festival season, and is being produced entirely through cash contributions from the public and donated time from the working professionals and college students.

“Making movies is not cheap, but this crew knows how to make a nickel look like a dime,” said Underwood. “With the support of Fractured Atlas and the San Antonio community, these students can take the next step in their creative careers.  We have many professionals who have waived their fees, deeply discounted their rates or agreed to only get their discounted fee after we have raised enough to make the film.”

Underwood continued: “. . . we have some amazing young filmmakers here in San Antonio, but they just haven’t had the opportunity to take it to the next level. By giving these kids real professional experience, using professional equipment and tools, we are working to build the creative economy for years to come.”

Donations to the project can be made through http://www.indiegogo.com/FieldsAfire and are tax deductible.  

Co-producers of the film are Texas-based Soap Boxx Media and Illuminandi Media. Soap Boxx Media is a collective of media artists creating award-winning content for mission critical communications. Illuminandi Media develops and produces feature film, television and other commercial and non-profit media work.

About San Antonio Young Filmmakers Project (SAYFP)
The San Antonio Young Filmmakers Project was created for the sole purpose of offering young people the opportunity to participate in the feature filmmaking process. By utilizing film professionals & college level film students as mentors, we aim to grow a vibrant network of young filmmakers with unique voices and solid technical skills.

About Fractured Atlas
Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Our programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it. We help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit. By nurturing today's talented but underrepresented voices, we hope to foster a dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of tomorrow. http://www.fracturedatlas.org

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