James Madison University Students Make Feature Film

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

HARRISONBURG, VA-- A group of James Madison University students raised $8,000 to make a feature film.

The filmmakers have been working since last April. They hope to finish the film just a few days after graduation. The film is called Steps. It's a coming of age story of a character centered around graduation. That's something with which the creators are very familiar. The crew is small, cycling students as they graduate, with around 15 people total, including four cast members.

We spoke with Director Jake Williams and Assistant Director Jessie Lee, who told us it's all about providing collaborative art. "What's great about making a movie -- is it's the biggest collaborative project ever. That's when you really realize, when you start working on a big project like this, I just can't make music. I can appreciate it. I can find something that works really well for the story and that's what's great is you can give opportunities to other people," says Williams, a Senior at James Madison University.

The filmmakers hope to release the film at festivals soon.


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