Jasper picked as film finalist

To call Kaua‘i High Senior Jett Jasper an “aspiring filmmaker” might be a bit of a misnomer.

He wants to study film making in college, and hopes to be a producer.

But, technically, he already is one.

Jasper has made 25 films so far, and is one of the producers for Ho‘ike Kaua‘i Community Television, the island’s public- access TV corporation.

His latest production, “The Last Call,” secured him a spot as a finalist in the 2006 HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest.

The 30-second video, which addresses the hot-button issue of under-age drinking, took Jasper only two days to shoot, but two weeks to edit.

For that, he had to find time between his time at school, on the baseball diamond and the track.

“I found time after I’ve done all my homework, for about two hours or so, and found time on the weekends,” he said.

“It was short because there was a time limit for the video. I had to cut everything out.” This is the first production he’s submitted for a contest.

In the video, actor and friend Tron Rule is trying to get in touch with Jasper by cell phone. While Rule calls Jasper, images of a wrecked vehicle, empty bottles and a ringing cell phone appear on the screen.

For the final scene, Rule reads the morning paper and finds that Jasper has died in that wreck.

This is all a part of a message to get kids to steer clear of underage drinking.

“I hope when people see this they get the message,” Jasper said.

An extended version of Jasper’s “The Last Call” is currently playing on Ho‘ike at various times of the day.

Jasper will fly to O‘ahu next week to attend the teens awards-show ceremony, and is pretty excited to walk the red carpet.

“I don’t know what I’m going to wear yet,” he said. “I hear it’s semiformal, though.” Japser’s and other finalists’ productions will be shown on the big screens of the Consolidated Ward Theatre in Honolulu.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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