McCort's King hopes to be Hollywood bound
Bishop McCort senior Chad King directed a short film starring a talking tube of lip balm for his college entrance video for Chapman university. (Chad Mearns)
So King let his Chapstick do the talking for him. Luckily, the lip balm made a good spokesman for the budding filmmaker.
King shot a short, quirky film introducing himself — along with his family, school and hometown — to the admissions board of the small but competitive Orange County, Calif., college, using an anthropomorphized tube of lip moisturizer as the film's host.
The board was apparently impressed, and King will begin his film studies at Chapman this August.
“I'm really excited for college, just because I get to do something I love. They say I'll have a camera in my hand on the first day.”
King said he owes his love of film to the influence of his grandfather, the late William Giebfried. His influences include “The Breakfast Club” director John Hughes and indie filmmaker Wes Anderson.
King's films in college won't be the first for the academic standout. He completed his debut movie — a 70-minute adventure he calls “the ultimate backyard film” — during his freshman year.
The film, “The Great Pine Street Adventure,” draws its name from his Hornerstown street, and his subsequent films have included “Lemonopoly,” a short film about dueling lemonade stand operators shot during a summer film camp, and “A Dance in Time,” which will be shown during next month's Johnstown Film Festival.
In the meantime, King will also compete in the 3,200 meter race Memorial Day Weekend in the state finals at Shippensburg University.
He hopes to beat his top time of 10:07 after making it to states in the 1,600 meter race last year.
“I want tot get my best time and just enjoy it. It's my last race,” he said.
King also runs cross country and is involved in the school's student council and drama program.
He is the son of Michael and Mary Anne King, of Hornerstown.