Jessica Stossel Takes Action Behind the Camera

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Jessica Stossel Takes Action Behind the Camera

Jessica Stossel (second from the right) poses with her cast and fellow film makers on the red carpet of the Orange County Film Festival.

Jessica Stossel (second from the right) poses with her cast and fellow film makers on the red carpet of the Orange County Film Festival.

Photograph Courtesy of Jessica Stossel

Jessica Stossel (second from the right) poses with her cast and fellow film makers on the red carpet of the Orange County Film Festival.

Photograph Courtesy of Jessica Stossel

Photograph Courtesy of Jessica Stossel

Jessica Stossel (second from the right) poses with her cast and fellow film makers on the red carpet of the Orange County Film Festival.

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Lights, camera, action! Jessica Stossel lives her life as a movie as she creates, produces, and directs different films at Beckman High School. Since eighth grade, Stossel’s interest in film and photography has only grown. She continues to explore her passion for cinematography by leading her entire film class and working on films both in and outside of school.

 

 

 

Stossel is one of Beckman’s brightest in Film and Dramatic Production, not only excelling in the curriculum but stepping above and beyond. Stossel’s peers admire her for her ever-growing passion for film and attention to detail. Her classmate Arash Maghbouleh states, “Jessica is a very persistent student and will stop at nothing to get her work done at a high quality.” Stossel not only creates films but also strong friendships with her peers and a sense of belonging that brings them all together. Friend Brendon Ada adds, “Jessica is so passionate about her filmmaking; you can really tell how much time and effort she puts into her films.”

 

 

 

Though the class was previously taught by Mr. Perdue, in his absence Stossel was able to help lead the class with her dedication and expertise. In wait of a new teacher to take his place, Stossel is among the few keeping the class on track. “[Film] is every aspect of my life. I never played sports, so I never had that sense of unity a team has; I have that in film. I met my best friends through it, and I have made my proudest accomplishments, and I have found what I can finally call my ‘thing’,” Stossel comments. In Mr. Perdue’s nomination of Stossel for the Orange County Register’s Artist of the Year, he asserts, “When Jessica writes, her ideas speak to simple human truths. She sees the importance in reflecting and honoring the human experience. She seems to notice those minute, fleeting moments in life that have great impact on people and tends to dramatize those moments in beautiful ways.” This shows greatly in each of her works, but especially in her award winning film Uknighted.

 

 

 

Because of her leadership, dedication, and undeniably singular style, Stossel’s collaborative film Uknighted was one of the stars of this year’s Orange County Film Festival. Of all of her films, Stossel is “most proud of the [Uknighted]; it was the first major piece I wrote and directed.” This short film earned her the title of “Best Director” at the Orange County Film Festival as well as two other awards to her peers Jackie Lee and Cassidy Johnson for “Best Producer” and “Production Design” respectively. The film focuses on a young cast as they daydream and act out being medieval knights in homemade costumes and pretend fortresses full of maps and fairy lights. Stossel’s artistic vision shows in the meticulously detailed set and poignant cinematography, put together as artfully as any professional film.

 

 

 

Stossel is already moving beyond Beckman’s campus in terms of filmmaking, as an active participant in the FilmEd Academy of the Arts. It is a program with fourteen different Orange County high schools where she works with other students on major projects. Stossel plans to continue her work in film throughout college and as a possible career. She hopes to attend the University of Southern California or Chapman University for film; in the future, she aspires to work with a production company. Stossel sees herself in the feature film business, but she is also willing to work between different productions and companies.

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