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Film industry faces new issues amid COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many financial and scheduling problems, as well as halting production, for the film industry.

Jacynth Apora

June 12, 2020

If life was a movie, the scene of resolution would be on a storyboard — but the crisis that the film industry is facing will undeniably be challenging to overcome, as there are no definitive solutions. The global loss in box office revenue was about $7 billion by mid-March, and by the end of Ma...

March Madness goes on, but the future of DV club is up in the air

DV Club president and senior Vaughn Batista of
Tinton Falls conducts a meeting. The club has been decreasing in size, causing concerns over its future.

Isabel Lindsay

May 8, 2020

March Madness has been an iconic time of year ever since the 1930s. But at CHS, students are talking about more than just basketball. The Digital Video Club is now hosting their annual March Madness competition.  March Madness is an event where an individual or a team of students create films bas...

CHS alumni find success in film industry

CHS Alumni Abi Karl works as second assistant camera on the set for the BFA film Bert Nondorf, Skunk Detective.

Carla Vreeland

May 8, 2020

After creating a video that encapsulated the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in seventh grade, CHS Class of 2018 alumni Abi Karl realized how much she could influence others through film and immediately fell in love with the art. Karl remarks that attending CHS was what convinced her to build a career in...

Student filmmakers seek inspiration for their work

Freshman Aaron Diament of Manalapan, senior Tess Rempel of Spring Lake and junior Steve Ostrom of Lincroft worktogether to set up a 48 hour film challenge for the DV club.

Ella Lukowiak

May 8, 2020

From music and art to the people at CHS, student filmmakers are able to find inspiration everywhere.  Junior Meagan Ellis of Freehold said that her inspiration has come from all of the new people that CHS brought into her life. Ellis has found that the experience of coming has helped her to become...

“Parasite” movie leaves viewers laughing and at the edge of their seats

Director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” started as a little-known Korean film and has garnered accolades at the Cannes Film Festival and grew into an international success, winning Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Vaughn Battista

March 9, 2020

Director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” has embarked on a long journey; it started as a little-known Korean film that garnered accolades at the Cannes Film Festival and grew into an international success, winning Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards. This is deservedly so, as “Parasite” is a bril...

Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

Streaming allows for experimental artists to bypass traditional mediums to gain popularity, not having to compromise their vision to get played on the radio. Only in 2019 could Tyler the Creator’s genre-bending, innovative album “IGOR” reach #1 on the Billboard charts over international superstar DJ Khaled’s radio-friendly, formulaic album “Father of Asahd.”

Vaughn Battista

March 9, 2020

The term “born in the wrong generation” has come to encapsulate a pervasive mentality about modern art. There is a consistent notion that pop culture is simply worse than it once was, becoming more homogenous and corporate than ever before. But this sentiment lacks any serious evidence behind it ...

Indie filmmakers trade recognition and money to follow their passions

Juniors Kera McGovern of Tinton Falls, Vivian DeRosa of Ocean and Emily McNeill of Colts Neck created

Jacynth Apora and Rebecca Heath

June 15, 2018

In 2016, the nominations for Best Picture at The Academy Awards included only three independent films. But in 2017, the outcome completely reversed when the nominations included only three films produced by major studios for the Oscars under the same category. Usually, films produced by major studios rec...

“Lion” draws attention to global ignored issues

Movie poster obtained from IMDb through fair use from The Weinstein Company.

Michael Landolfi

February 18, 2017

“Lion” is a poignant film from first-time director Garth Davis. Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and the eight-year-old Sunny Pawar, the movie takes place in India and Australia, telling the true story of a young boy who was separated from his family, until an Australian couple adopts...

Barth takes the big screen

Brigid Garrett

January 7, 2017

Freshman Sawyer Barth of West Long Branch has been acting since fourth grade and was featured in Oscar nominated movie, Bridge of Spies

Hacksaw Ridge: A Review

Hacksaw Ridge: A Review

Vaughn Battista

November 28, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge, released on November 4th, 2016, is the latest film by the controversial director Mel Gibson. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, the soldier who, during the storm on Okinawa in World War 2, was a conscientious objector, which meant that he enlisted into the army but did not fire ...

Stone soars with ‘Snowden’ film

Oliver Stone's film

Sawyer Barth

November 10, 2016

The ever-expanding society of movie-lovers in America often sits down to enjoy a film, whether new or often rewatched, without thinking about the effort that went into its making. I recently attended a showing of director Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” released in mid-September. Upon seeing it, I ...

Dear Hollywood, It’s time to leave whitewashing in the past

Ebenezer Shim

June 4, 2016

Apparently, people of color (POC) can’t even be guaranteed typecasted roles anymore. The recent casting of white actress Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the film “Doctor Strange” has sparked a heated campaign and discussion about whitewashing in the entertainment industry led by the Asian comm...

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