Focal Z Film Project

A new film-focused RSO has joined ISU with the goal of making a positive impact on communities and the world through film.

Film is one of the most effective tools used to inspire change or new ways of thinking. Films have the power to not only inspire, but also educate, thus leaving a lasting impact.

A new film-focused RSO has joined ISU with the goal of making a positive impact on communities and the world through film.

The RSO is called the Focal Z Film Project, founded by junior molecular and cellular biology major Abraham Velazquez.

Velazquez was inspired to start this project by the youth of the country. “My vision for this RSO is very simple: I’d like to inspire the children of underprivileged communities and instill in them the desire to improve themselves. I’d like to 'plant' the seed in them and persuade them that yes, with a little effort and a lot of willpower, they can make their dreams a reality.”

Velazquez is seeking members who are passionate about making movies in order to inspire change. As of now, meetings are scheduled in Stevenson Hall in room 211 on Tuesdays. That said, meetings will occur once a month with the exception of this upcoming April.

Roles to be filled in the club include screenwriters, cinematographers, photographers, actors/actresses and post-production.

All majors are welcome to join. Members should just be enthusiastic and willing to work with others.

“No matter what roles members may decide to take on, we will work collectively to make this happen. Members can take on one or more roles they know they’ll stay committed to. As long as the student is passionate about the role he or she chooses, it’s a done deal,” Velazquez said.

Making a quality film is no easy task. It means teamwork, passion, cooperation and dedication.

“The possibilities are endless and the goals are ambitious, and this is why it takes a team,” said Velazquez.

This RSO is unique and important in the potential impact it could have on many unmotivated students and/or young adults. Velazquez hopes to make one movie a year with presentations taking place in the spring semesters.

“Maybe then, these talents that a lot of the times don’t see the surface, will emerge and flourish into great things. It’s sad seeing talent go to waste,” Velazquez said.

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RACHEL SCHOLLMEIER is a features reporter for The Vidette. Contact her at raschol@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter @r_schollmeier.

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