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Wimberley High filmmakers earn top marks at state

A handful of Wimberley High students earned top marks at the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival in Austin for a pair of films entered last month.

Making it to state this year are “The Bread Run,” directed by junior Declan Duggan, and “Aberration,” directed by seniors Braden Gary and Dylan Byrne. The films stood out among 768 entries and four rounds of competition. The teams spent hundreds of hours writing script, creating a storyboard, filming and editing their competition films.

“Our film teams are ecstatic that they are in state competition again, especially to have landed two films in this very competitive festival. These students have put in long hours, even working through their holiday, getting the shots just right and in the perfect light. This work ethic, along with boundless talent and teamwork have proven to be the secret to success,” said Greg Dydalewicz, Career Technical Education Instructor and Film Coach.

Declan Duggan worked with his twin brother, Justin, who was the only actor in “The Bread Run.”

“I’m glad that I can share my passion with the school and be recognized for it. It’s a really cool experience to be part of something like this in high school,” said Declan Duggan.

Eleven students comprised the Aberration team: Braden Gary-Director, Writer, Editor, Colorist; Dylan Byrne-Director, Writer, Editor, Storyboard Artist; Meigan Moncus-Actress; Hallie Strange-Actress; Will Seaton- Composer; Summer Myles-Makeup Artist; Nicholas-Sound Operator; Jake Smoorenburg-Drone Pilot; Braden Oddo-Production Assistant; Ian Byrne-Production Assistant; Preston Wyatt-Production Assistant.

The films are available for public viewing on the Wimberley ISD YouTube channel.

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