Plotline Film and Media School

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – It has all the makings of a classic film noir: mysterious detectives, terrifying villains, and even a mad scientist. However, this is not Hollywood, this is downtown Springfield.

“Today we were shooting our second week of filming for our class of teenagers,” said Jim Bultas, executive director of Plotline Film and Media School. “These are the original creations of our semester that the students collaborated on and came up with the concepts and wrote them.”

Plotline is a non-profit film and media school for children. Bultas said they are training the next generation of filmmakers.

“We have, at the moment, two groups,” Bultas said. “We have tweens, who are between 10 and 12 years old, and teenagers, who are between 13 and 17 or 18 years old. They come from all over.”

Bultas said it was important for children to have the real experience of being on a film set, both in front of and behind the camera.

“We have students who find a natural fit on a different strength they have,” Baltus said. “Some are more into writing, some are more into editing, and some like to be in front of the camera and perform. Some like to do it all”

Bultas said it’s a great way to foster the next generation’s growing interest in creating their own content.

“I came up with the idea because, I realized that when I was teaching music lessons, students had their iPhones and camera phones and I thought if you learn to tell a story with your HD camera in your pocket, rather than filming your friend falling down a flight of stairs and endlessly looping it?”

Bultas said his favorite role in the film was as a teacher.

“Seeing the light bulbs go off in people’s eyes and ears and in their brains and seeing what really clicks for them,” Bultas said. “I think that’s part and parcel of us continuing to tell stories, that’s what makes us human.”

The student film “The Shadow Creature” will screen at their Student Film Showcase at the Alamo Drafthouse on May 21. To purchase tickets for the showcase or learn more about their programs, click here.

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Donnie J. Milburn