LEAGUE CITY — Student actors will soon be seeing themselves on TV.
Thirteen members of Clear Falls High School Theatre Department worked as extras for a public service announcement for Aerojet Rocketdyne. The spot was filmed by Space City Films.
“The public service announcement is for Aerojet Rocketdyne, and it recognizes the contributions that teachers who teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) make in young people’s lives,” said Marc Havican, president and director of Space City Films.
The students were chosen after Havican reached out to the Clear Creek Independent School District and Clear Falls Theater Director Diane Moore.
“I’m big on giving back to the community,” Havican said. “One of the ways we give back is through student extras. This way, the kids can make a bit of money and get some professional experience.”
The students who participated were of all grade levels at Clear Falls and included some recent graduates.
The spot will air in regions primarily with ties to NASA, such as Los Angeles, Florida and Houston, said Havican.
“It was a really great experience, and we learned a lot about film making,” said Caleb Gonzales, a recent Clear Falls graduate. “Marc Havican taught us about everything from the lighting setup to sound to acting on camera.”
Mary Korenek, a recent graduate, said the experience was an important step.
“I want to be an actress, so this definitely helped,” Korenek said. “When we were there, the director would tell the principal actors or crew what to do, then explain everything to us extras to teach us.
“He taught us why everything happened, so it really helped me since that is my chosen career.”
Havican said: “I have worked with a lot of drama students, and the ones taught in the Clear Creek school district are always great. Particularly, these Clear Falls students were top shelf.
“I was very surprised by their professionalism. They were on point, not cutting up and behaved and performed time after time.”