From High School Summer Camp to HBO - A Passion for Self
Expression Through Films
What inspires a person to follow the revving engine of their
internal drive for success? Sixteen year old Christina Frenzel
is allowing her passion for self-expression to drive her down a
visionary path marked by self-fulfilled accomplishments in
filmmaking. With each new venture she continues to define her
Perhaps it all began with The Never Ending Story. When Christina
was 5 years old, she felt a strong connection and began creating
countless sequels to the fantasy film in her mind. Later, at age
12, she took over her parents VHS Camera for a class project.
Her passion for Chris Carter's sci-fi series, X-Files, led her
to edit together a project on her favorite show by using two
household VCR's to piece poignant clips together.
Christina realized she enjoyed sharing her passion with others
through video. Consequently, when a video production class was
offered at her middle school in Los Altos, California, she
signed up. Although the class did not use sophisticated
equipment, Christina learned the basics of composing good shots.
It was during her second semester in the class that she found
out about the National Children's Film Festival (now known as
Backyard National Children's Film Festival).
Christina wanted to make a movie that mattered to her for the
festival. Having a difficult time in the Machiavellian social
arena of middle school, like so many others, Christina's movie,
"I Wish," focused on the deep chasm between the popular kids and
the loners at her school. Her soccer coach took her under his
wing and helped her edit the piece on his Media 100 system.
Christina's film made it to the finals of the festival and took
1st place for California.
It was during this time that Christina stumbled upon iD Tech
Camps. With few high school summer camps in the country offering
youth professional skills in Digital Video Production, Christina
tried this summer technology program. Editing with Apple