WOODBURY, Minn. - Woodbury senior David Schommer sat patiently, but his eyes never stopped moving. Slightly built and wearing his trademark scarf, David looks very much the part of an aspiring film-maker, but today, it was David who was the subject of the lights and camera.
"It's interesting", said David. "Now, I get to feel what my subjects feel when I'm filming them, but it's a new experience and I like doing new things and having new experiences".
David's initial claim to fame was helping co-found the 'Royal Broadcasting Network', and features the 'Royal Rouser', a student production that features, and sometimes spoofs elements of life at Woodbury High School.
"I like to connect with my peers", says David. "And to connect that way, with my own skill and my own passion is a delight".
David's skill and passion has produced a 4-point-plus GPA. He takes advance-placement classes, belongs to the National Honor Society, and ranks in the top 20 in a class of more than 400. But, what makes David Schommer truly stand-out, is his love-affair with the camera.
"Hopefully, one day I'll make stories that influence people's thoughts in positive ways", says David. "That inspire them to do things, maybe make them cry a little, I don't know."
David aspires to make feature films. He already has his own company, 'Schommer Studios', where he's produced work that led him to be named one of two Prudential Spirit of Community award winners in Minnesota. An award given out to youth volunteers, and, that will be awarded in Washington D.C. David claims the award is more a reflection on his subjects than it is on him.
"I'd say the biggest thing is to be a good story-teller", says David. "I mean, You can have cameras, you can have editing software, but if you don't have the story, then you're just going to have empty film."