BURLINGTON, NJ - West Orange High School (WOHS) recently took first place in the New Jersey 10-Day Film Challenge with awards for Best Overall Film and Best Performances for the original film entitled "Deadlines." Students in Wendy Mapes’ Acting Principles class received their award on April 13 in Burlington, and will head to the National Competition in Philadelphia on June 10.

The NJ 10 Day Film Challenge provided requirements that each school had to include in its original movie: a character named Nick or Nicole Perone, who has a recurring dream; headphones used as a prop; "I have to get out of here" as a required line of dialogue; and an optional point-of-view (POV) shot for cinematic technique.

WOHS senior Thomas Hughes, who wrote and directed "Deadlines," explained that the film is about an “out-of-luck” high school student who is feeling pressure to find a prom date—“and on top of that, he is being stalked by a paranormal entity," he said.

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The "Deadlines" team of WOHS seniors includes Hughes (writer, director, cinematographer, editor), Dane Clarke II (actor), Lourdes Korczukowski (actress), Rajeev Persad (actor), Isabel Oden (actress) and Joaquin Goodbar (musical score).

"This win was really something we worked hard for," said Hughes. "Last year, as juniors, we entered the same competition with our film ‘Dalton vs. Malcolm: The Battle For Glory,’ winning the Audience Choice Award.

“We did not make the top 10, so we set a goal to make it in 2018. The two awards we received, Best Performances and Best Film, are really something to be proud of."

Pictured aboce, courtesy of 10 Day Film Challenge, are (L-R) Lourdes Korczukowski, Isabel Oden, Thomas Hughes, Rajeev Persad, Dane Clarke II and Joaquin Goodbar. 

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