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Local High School Students Premier Film at Rialto


July 03, 2012
LANCASTER – Tuesday night at the Rialto last week saw the world premiere of "Lake of Death," the film directed by local high-school student Adam Noyes.

Adam and the cast were on hand after the movie was shown to answer questions and receive comments from the 50 people that attended the screening.

"Look at this support, I think this is great," said owner of the Rialto, David Fuller. "Now that I own the Rialto, it's great to showcase local talents."

Noyes briefly announced his film to the audience, also remarking on the good attendance.

"I'm a nervous wreck right now," said Noyes. "This is a big deal for me and a big deal for my cast. Please keep in mind, we're all just in high school."

"Lake of Death" is a 50-minute movie that takes place in a post-apocalyptic America. It follows the fates of four main characters, played by Logan Kadle, Hannah O'Neal, Jacob Hanlon, and Nathaniel Giovanetti. The movie is the sequel to Noyes' film "Forest of Blood."

Also prominently featured in the movie are zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. With make-up by Logan Kadle, who plays the character of Zeke in the movie, lots of fellow high-school students volunteered to make up an army of flesh-eating 'creatures.'

According to Kadle, the series of movies by Noyes provided his first chance to work as a make-up artist. Kadle and Noyes noted that make-up for the zombies would take about an hour and a half each day before shooting.

Noyes stated that Kadle was also the one who initially came up with the idea of creating zombie movies. He and Noyes submitted their first feature, "Forest of Blood," recorded on a FlipCam, to a Vermont student video competition.

With "Lake of Death," Noyes said that he used a Canon SD10 camcorder, making the quality of the video much better that of his previous film.

According to Noyes, who plans to attend film school upon graduating high school and eventually pursuing a career in film, he found inspiration from film directors including classic horror directors George Romero and Lucio Fulci, as well as revered contemporary directors including Peter Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola.

Audience members were very interested in the process of filmmaking, asking the cast and crew about how long the movie took to shoot and edit.

"We film Sundays 12-4," said Noyes, adding, "because of that, it took about seven to eight months." Noyes also did all of the editing himself.

"There'd be so much editing," he said. "Every day after school, I'd do that instead of my homework."

Noyes and the cast members will start work on their next film, the last part of the trilogy, in the fall.

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