Providence High School students enrolled in Tom Durkin’s media
communications focus program recently got a firsthand look at the
business of making movies.
In addition to viewing a screening of the upcoming TV movie, “D.C.
Sniper: 23 Days of Fear,” the juniors and seniors visited with
director Tom McLoughlin, editor Charles Bornstein and actor Trent
Cameron, who portrays alleged teenage killer Lee Boyd Malvo. The
movie airs Oct. 17 on USA Network.
Following the movie, which is based on the Washington, D.C.,
sniper killings that gripped the nation last year, the three men
appeared on stage for a question-and-answer period.
“It was an incredibly smart, intelligent discussion that went for
three hours after the movie,” said McLoughlin, whose son is a
sophomore in the media communications program at Providence.
When a student asked how props and locations were chosen,
McLoughlin said he told them that because the movie was filmed in
Canada, many of the real-life locations including Home Depot,
Michaels and Exxon didn’t exist there, so they had to create them.
“In the world of illusion we were creating essentially a reality
in another town to resemble the Washington, D.C., suburbs,”
Carmen Ramos, 17, said she was intrigued by the different camera
“Several scenes were shot in a way that was chilling,” she said.
“They used unique camera angles, which we in the media program had
not thought of.”
Aspiring actor Tommy Boucher, 17, said he wanted to know what it
was like to portray a real person.
“You have to play it truthful, otherwise it takes away from the
story,” Cameron told him.
Durkin said his students were riveted by the movie.
“It stimulated a tremendous amount of thought on their part and
about the media’s influence on the events that take place in this
country,” he said.