Rachel Dodos does not play sports but she is active and visible at many different athletic events at Westford Academy. She and her small crew of aspiring producers often film and edit videos of the Ghosts in action.
The WA Film Club has nearly 30 members that create short movies as well as taking key roles in sporting event coverage. More than just an extracurricular activity, the productions are to both support and promote the school’s athletic programs; as well to give the team real-life hands-on experience in the craft.
“I have been passionate about filmmaking since the third grade,” she said. Dodos got her first formal introduction to the craft as a production student in WCAT’s summer camp. From there she became a counselor to other students before landing a gig as an intern at Westford’s Community Access Television station.
For Dodos, and other members of the club, this is the jumping-off point for what she hopes is a career in filmmaking. “She is a very eager learner,” said WCAT producer Nick Woodbury, who remembers Dodos from the summer camps and has watched her progress throughout the years. “She was a stalwart for us during football season, running wires and setting up equipment,” said Woodbury.
As a collaborative of young actors, scriptwriters, technicians and audio specialists, they also create dramatic short films. Shattered Glass Films is the name of the production company but the films are not available for widespread dissemination. Dodos is the director for these independent films, which is an unrelated extensive of her sports-production talents.
Only 17 years old, Dodos already has a wealth of knowledge about the industry she hopes to one day conquer. During summer break, she attended film school in New York and continues to master the technical aspect of production. “I see a bright future for her,” said Woodbury.