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August 20, 2013

Local teacher's short film accepted by film festival

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Allen said there was a level of difficulty with green screen because actors had to interact with things that weren’t actually there.

Luke Jackson, an actor in the short film, played one of two assistants injecting the spiders. Jackson said although he has never had Allen in class, he has always been in awe of his work.

”Some of it was corny, some realistic and that’s the point,” Jackson said. “I thought it was cool my character watches an interview of a fellow classmate in the short film. It’s like green screen within green screen.”

McKenzie Price, a recent Logansport High School graduate, portrayed a news reporter who talked about the events of the “Big Honkin Spider.” Price, who had Allen in class last year, said she wasn’t interested in video production before taking the class.

“The film is funny; everything Greg makes is funny,” Price said. “He is really creative and there is never a dull moment.”

Erik Kimbler, a teacher at Logansport High School, portrayed a doctor in the short film. Kimbler described his part as the voice of medical reason or the dry, sarcastic connector.

Kimbler said he has helped Allen on other projects and if asked to participate, his response is to ask when and where.

“It’s a hobby of ours and a passion of his,” Kimbler said. “He asked me if I would help him with a video and I told him to stop explaining it, I’ll do it.”

In addition to teaching, Allen owns his own video production company, Greg Allen Productions. What once was considered a hobby became much more about five years ago.

“I’ve always had an affinity for video ever since I was a kid,” Allen said. “I’d go around and make videos with kids in the neighborhood. I drove everyone crazy.”

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