Area students commit cause to film

"I really liked working with everyone because I got to meet a lot of new people," said DeRuscio. "It was fun to actually work on a commercial and see what goes into making a commercial."

When asked if film is an area he would like to pursue in his future, DeRuscio said, "Not really, it's just a hobby. I don't really want to make it my profession or anything."

DeRuscio said he heard about the opportunity through his mother, an employee at Albany Regional Eye Surgery Center, one of the locations used for taping.

Melissa Boucher, 17, a senior at Hoosick Valley High School, said she got involved in the project through her mother, also an employee of Albany Regional Eye Surgery Center.

"It would be definitely something after doing it that I would gladly do again," she said.

Boucher also said that film was not a career she had considered pursuing before participating in the film, and that she learned a great deal about it through her experience.

"I learned that there was a lot more detail than I had ever known that had gone into film," she said.

The students would not talk in detail about the films, but DeRuscio said, "It's a commercial about the effects of drinking and driving, what they do to a person, and the people around them."

Bashant said he is hoping to have the TV spot and documentary reach national audiences as to spread the message even further. However, he does think the films would be appropriate and effective for showings at school district assemblies or on local television stations.

Bashant asks that if anyone is interested in airing the film spots or contributing to future films, they contact him at 465-REEL (7335), or visit Reel Productions' Web site at www.reelproductions.us.""

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