Valley Charter Middle School was one of the most charming little schools I had ever come across. Most kds experience middle school as a time where awkward is a standard as much as tests are. But this school chose otherwise. Being that it’s a charter school, they get to decide how the school should be run. Project based learning is a method that basically lets the student interact with the material and therefore teaches through personal experience rather than just textbook experiences. It’s amazingly innovative, the kids actually love school, and the parents are happy campers.

Nick Vujicic is a powerful speaker, and he had decided to start a video portion to his foundation. An amazing director by the name of Jens Jacob was the head of that video portion, and he needed some help on set. A friend of suggested I PA for him, and that’s what I did. I somehow ended up coediting this, and to this day, I absolutely love it, and I hope you do too!

Check out the website at lifewithoutlimbs.org!

A short documentary I edited in my freshman year for the Taiko club at Cal State Northridge.

The first short film I ever wrote/directed/edited. The challenge was that it had to be non-dialogue and told in three minutes. It was my final for a film program I did at Inner-City Filmmakers.

The reel I had fresh out of high school. All of the footage is from a monthly variety show that my school allowed the advanced film class to do. I was the executive producer and main editor of the show, and also I loved doing the intros amongst other segments of the show. There’s so much nostalgia attached to this.

The first video is the intro to the first episode we had. This was also the first film I got a chance to really do. I still love it.
The second is an intro I decided to do a Journey parody.
The third is a freshman event that I documented and focused on the Small Learning Communities that our school had just adopted.
The fourth was the one I didn’t film. It was actually a bit funny. My friend Junior came to me with a bunch of footage, and didn’t know what to do with it, so I decided to have some fun and I edited it. It was an anti-drug segment.

All in all, this is what I loved most about high school, and I’m still very glad I got to experience it.

I hope you enjoy!

-Ani