Local senior on track for future in film, art
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Summit County, CO Colorado
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of periodic stories about select seniors at Summit High School ” their dreams, their fears, their experiences and their outlooks as they work toward graduation and prepare for the future. Watch for other installments throughout the school year.
Brandon Mannheimer likes abstract and modern art, neon and bold messages.
He sees himself incorporating such expressions into film, graphics, logos or perhaps ski apparel.
The Summit High School senior already has made his mark on the school’s video-production department. His work has been featured at the Tiger Film Festival and Summit County Television 10 and is available on youtube.com.
“He’s been a real asset to the program because he’s on the leading edge of what we know,” said Scott Porter, SHS video-production teacher.
Mannheimer, 17, lives in Silverthorne. He’s known he wanted to go into film since middle school.
He aims to attend art school at Parsons The New School for Design in New York or The Art Institute of Chicago, or maybe another in Boston.
“I’m looking at a lot,” said Mannheimer.
He’s been thinking about graduating early from high school to pursue an internship, perhaps at Cypher 13 Design Studio in Boulder.
“I think that definitely it’d be pretty cool to get out and show a college that I’ve already worked in the field,” he said.
His ski- and skateboard-film work has impressed Porter, who said it can be tough to get skiers and riders to cooperate.
“It’s really hard to do,” Porter said. “He’s been really patient and has a nice feel for the editing.”
The students’ productions often are featured on SCTV10, the county’s public access channel, he said. They’re aired often ” but late at night.
“We just got that going a few years ago,” Porter said. “One of our big pushes is these half-hour shows that highlight our kids.”
He said it’s positive to give the community insight to the students’ creativity and “what they’re about.”
Mannheimer has “challenged himself to get to the next level” using editing programs such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Porter said.
And Mannheimer said Porter is an influential teacher.
“He lets kids take their ideas and do what they want with it,” he said.
He’d like to see the school “strengthen” its art program further.
“We’re in 2008 and should be doing stuff to take advantage of the technology and style,” he said.
Though he’s enjoyed Summit County and the ski slopes, Mannheimer anticipates living in a big city.
“I’m definitely ready to get out,” he said.
He said it seems that many of the local attractions are geared more toward tourists and older people rather than for his age group.
“There’s not a lot to do without spending money,” Mannheimer said. “If (the youth) had more stuff to do, there wouldn’t be so much underaged drinking.”
When prompted for suggestions, he mentioned he would like to see more concerts with music teenagers enjoy and “places to hang out and meet people.”
He said the ski-film premiers at the Pavilion at Keystone are a great idea but that it would be nice if they could expand the concept year-round and include skateboarding and extreme sports.
“It would definitely be a good alternative to just partying at one house one night,” Mannheimer said.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or
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