Boys & Girls Club photographer earns dream opportunity at film academy

Screenwriting, directing, casting, editing and filming on the Universal Studios back lot.

These were just a few of the exciting learning activities talented senior and Boys & Girls Club member Marc Logan, 17, of Banning was able to accomplish during his week stay at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Marc has been a Boys & Girls Club member for the past five years, continually growing his passion for the arts, specifically in film and photography.

When he joined the club, he had little interest in anything and was heading down a path of negativity.

It wasn’t until the club placed a camera in his hands that Logan discovered his talents and ability to tell stories through his artwork.

His passion skyrocketed him into a path of positivity, creating opportunities to be seen and heard within his club and community.

Logan has racked up numerous accomplishments during his Boys & Girls Club tenure, from national photography and mental health film competitions and winning Youth of the Year for his local club, to his latest accomplishment, winning the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship that allowed him to participate in the weeklong film camp over summer vacation.

Aside from working with talented teens all over the world, Logan learned techniques from film experts, leading up to his final short film project that was presented in the New York Film Academy’s theatre, complete with an audience and popcorn.

Referring to his opportunity to attend the New York Film Academy, Logan said, “At first the camp was just a distant dream, but then it was made true by the Boys & Girls Club and the scholarship. They made me work really hard to be able to go and it finally happened. I was able to go to a film camp for an entire week. I met all new kids while learning the ins and outs of filming movies. We even had the chance to work on an actual movie set at Universal Studios. Without the Club, I would’ve never been able to even think about this camp.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass Teen Center is located at 240 W. Ramsey St. in Banning. The club offers members just like Logan the opportunity to explore the arts through film classes, photography, music production and dance.

Applications can be found online at www.bgcsgpass.com or in person at the Teen Center.

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