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Author: Shelby Beck


Scragland The newest sci-fi movie based in Central Florida Central Florida Filmmaker Mark Saunders is proposing the ultimate hypothetical in film format: what would your country be without borders? In his film Scragland, the main character Bronson, a newly turned renegade, fights with his family in an epic battle between globalists and nationalists based in a futuristic United States. Saunders got the idea for the movie from events occurring in the world right now. He’s moved into a hypothetical direction with sci-fi incorporated into the story. “So, looking at these things, a story came to mind and [I] said, ‘What if we followed this; what would the United States look like?’” Saunders is also focusing on making the movie a Central Florida production. He’s hiring cast and crew who live in Central Florida and is incorporating film settings from around the area. Most of all, Saunders hopes to use the movie to open a dialogue between viewers. “Thinking is so important…I want people to think, I want people to talk, and I want it to start a dialogue between people,” reflects Saunders. “The movie is going to be very entertaining with a great soundtrack. We are going to make a good quality film that will make you think, touch your heart, make you cry, and then change your life in the process for the better,” promises Saunders. The distribution will...

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JournalismX In Review

JournalismX in Review Traditionally, in our last issue of the year, I like to reflect and write a year-in-review of Journalism X’s accomplishments throughout the year and this year has been quite a doozy. Traditionally in our last issue of the year, I like to reflect and write a year-in-review of Journalism X’s accomplishments throughout the year and this year has been quite a doozy. Many of the current events of the year revolved around teenagers, most especially in this area. Being able to comment on such a wide-reaching platform about the changing of history by students of similar...

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Six Pixels

Six Pixels Kay successfully peaked the interest of young local filmmakers. See how she is expanding her company’s reach to filmmakers around the country. Kay Hill, local Winter Garden resident, is adding another accomplishment to her career. She has made more than 200 TV Shows, documentaries and short films throughout her professional  journey in the production industry. Kay Hill is also one of the owners and lead instructors of a local creative experience for kids and teens called Florida Film Academy.  She has now made a way for kids outside of our community to learn about the world of film and...

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Career Pioneer

Hundreds upon hundreds of people will join in to watch her do anything from chatting about parenting to intricate make up tutorials. Story by: Tatum Cempella Age:12 There’s been bee attacks, product disasters, and even her son asking her to smell his under wear on Facebook live. Twenty nine year old Kaleigh Merrill wakes up every morning, drives her two kids to school, comes home, starts her coffee, and opens up Facebook. No, she’s not checking in on her favorite celebrity, she is starting her newest Facebook Live stream, because that’s her day job. Soon hundreds upon hundreds of...

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The Future of the DeLorean

The Future of the DeLorean The DeLorean, a time traveling machine from the world famous movie, Back to the Future.  We all know what it is, but how many of us get the chance to ride in one? The 1980’s cult classic film Back to the Future is a movie about a teenager who unintentionally time traveled thirty years into the past in a modified DeLorean, a car made famous by the film.  One could say that the biggest star of the film was the time-traveling machine itself, with its multiple buttons, LED glow, and wing-like doors.  However, what if...

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