LVHS film students were honored to have ABC Entertainment Reporter and Film Critic Sandy Kenyon teach a film workshop for them at the high school. Mr. Kenyon, who has served as the judge for the LVHS Film Festival for the past two years, offered to run the workshop after being impressed with the district’s film program.

Mr. Kenyon watched students shoot a scene for a film and then critiqued their directing, camera positioning, lighting, and acting. He offered suggestions for improvement, explained how professional filmmakers work, and answered questions from the students.

“This was an invaluable experience for our students,” explained LVHS Film teacher Bruce Campbell. “The opportunity to receive feedback from an expert in the field – someone who critiques professional films for a living – can be very powerful."

Mr. Campbell said the students are applying Mr. Kenyon’s suggestions and is confident it will improve the quality of their films. In addition to what they learned, the positive feedback has served as motivation. “When a student hears from a professional critic that he thinks they can make it in the movie business, it inspires them to work even harder.”

During the workshop, Mr. Kenyon shared films from students in other schools, as well as stories about his own career. The district is very grateful to Mr. Kenyon for giving of his time for the benefit of Locust Valley students.