Making movies – Corvallis’ media arts class brings a bit of Hollywood to the classroom. – MAPS has quickly become the envy of other school districts.

With a completed film, a music video and the backing of the governor under its belt, Corvallis School District’s MAPS program is throwing itself a birthday party.

Started last year by former Hollywood movie producer Peter Rosten as part of Corvallis’ School to Work Program, Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) has quickly become the envy of other school districts in the state and a favorite of Corvallis students and parents. The program is so popular, in fact, that a handful of its students continue to come to school during the summer break.

Three mornings a week, Danielle Corona, Emily Pearce, Lucas McLean and others meet Rosten in the mini-theater at Corvallis High School to edit the project’s latest movie, "Soul Sight."

Due to be released this fall, the film was written by Corona and Pearce and with their help is being edited by the electronically adept and film-savvy McLean.

On Monday, the three budding film makers huddled in front of the computer, while their mentor heaped praise on their abilities.

"Every class has its genius," Rosten said. "And Luke is our genius. And these girls are actually so talented, I’m hiring them to write my next movie."

by ROD DANIEL – Ravalli Republic Staff Reporter

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A great event to help support MAPS:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO “MAPS”! “Media Arts In The Public Schools”, 7/17, Hamilton, MT

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