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VOL 30, NO 6 APRIL 29 2016

Festival Schedule 4:30 – 7:50pm

Food Vendors Open


5:30 – 7:50pm

Art & Science Exhibits Open


6:00 – 6:10pm

Opening Prayer & Remarks Jazz Band Performance


6:15 – 7:25pm

Photography Presentations



7:50 – 8:00pm Intermission Please make your way to the gym


8:00 – 9:00pm

Film Festival Closing Prayer & Remarks


Art & Science Exhibit Locations Learning Center Elementary Art Gallery, Armor Replica Display & Demonstrations, The Story (Recording Sessions) Technology Lab Middle School Programming, High School Programming, Middle School Robotics Cafeteria

Photoshop, Basic Practical Arts, Middle School Drama Videos, The Art & History of Film: Special Effects Miniatures, Costume Design, Prop Design


Drafting & Design, AP Studio Art


Science Films, High School Science Olympiad & Displays


Middle School Science Olympiad & Displays,

Biology Petting Zoo


2-dimensional Art Gallery


3-dimensional Art Gallery


Photography Presentations (6:15-7:25pm)

Studio Tours

Senior Pavilion Middle School Performing Arts Presentation


Thank you for attending the Hawaii Baptist Academy Arts & Film Festival (HBAAFF). This event showcases some of the talents of HBA’s students. Here you will enjoy multiple art galleries, musical performances, science exhibits, student produced films and video games, food vendors, prizes, and more. Through your experiences here tonight, I hope that you see and understand the wonderful ways in which God has blessed people with their gifts of creativity and innovation. You matter to God. Our abilities to enjoy and explort art, and to express ourselves with excellence are just some of the ways He makes His love for us known.

Cover Art


“Flower” Acrylic Painting By Jacqueline Morgan (‘19)

Sean Malinger HBA's Visual & Performing Arts Chairperson Ad maiorem Dei gloriam inque hominum salutem (For the greater glory of God and salvation of mankind)

Visual & Performing Arts Department Cindy Lee

Juri Yamashita

Curriculum Director Drafting & Design AP Studio Design

Middle School Fine Arts Middle School Drama

Sean Malinger

Middle School Band Concert Band Wind Ensemble Jazz Band

Basic Mixed Media Advanced Mixed Media Middle School Fine Arts Middle School Art Cartooning Ceramics

Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair Documentary Film The Art & History of Film Photography Advanced Filmmaking

Garrett Omoto Middle School Art Basic Drawing Advanced Drawing & Painting Introduction to Animation

Brad Shimizu

Debbie Shintaku Beginning Programming Introduction to Programming Middle School Robotics

Todd Yokotake Middle School Choir Concert Choir Soldiers of Light Photoshop

Betsy Feldman Basic Practical Arts

Special Thanks To Jesus, for His many gifts to us. President Dick Bento, Vice President Ron Shiira, High School Principal Marsha Hirae, Vice Principal Ryan Frontiera, Middle School Science Teacher Jordan Yasutomi, Communications & Public Relations Officer Christina Yasutomi, Facilities Director Glenn Bento, Facilities Administrator Claudine Takatsuka, Librarian Arlene Huster, Library Assistant Lynne Hayashi, Counseling Secretary Kim Yamauchi, Betsy Feldman, Andy Harada, Journalism Adviser Eunice Sim, Taylor Hanson. The Eagle Eye is produced by the high school News Production Class. www.hbaeagleeye.com. Printing provided by Valenti Print Group.


Pat Ota

Films 13 Minutes

An Artist

Director: Gavin Arucan

Director: Samuel Nishimiya

Distance from Earth to Mars: 145,080,000 miles. Speed of light: 186,000 miles per second. Time it takes to receive a signal from Mars: 13 Minutes. History will change in 13 minutes.

With never before seen artwork and personal interviews this documentary short delves into the history and mind of cartoonist Tanner Isaacs.

Mars Landscape Image Credit: PIA16703: ‘Matijevic Hill’ NASA/JPLCaltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.


Animation Class 2016 The Animation Exhibit will feature a short film chronicling the process animation students took as they went from developing an animated character to creating a 2-D animated short. Students used the industry-standard program Harmony to animate simple things like a bouncing ball or an accelerating car, and

eventually moved on to more complex sequences such as making their cartoon character walk and talk. Animation teacher Garrett Omoto hopes that his students “realize that they can create their own cartoons on their own and maybe go into a career in which they can use their knowledge and experience.”

The Choice

Float Your Boat

Director: Briana Smith

Director: Noelle Nakamura

A young girl must make a vital choice that will greatly impact her future. What will she choose?

A documentary short that highlights a boat regatta in which participants put their knowledge and strength to the test by designing, fabricating, and racing cardboard boats.

Grandpa’s Hands

Island Tour

Director: Isabel Wiemken

Director: Samuel Nishimiya

You can tell a lot about a person by looking at his or her hands. Grandpa’s Hands tells the story of an elderly man through the observation of his hands.

Fly over Oahu with Samuel Nishimiya and Jeffrey Peroutka. Gathering breathtaking clips of Oahu from a different point of view, Sam and Jeff’s collaboration shows familiar and unfamiliar places from the skies.

Taking Notes

Director: Samuel Nishimiya

Director: Isabel Wiemken

Following surfboard shaper Matty Raynor, this documentary takes viewers into the world of surfboard shaping.

Are you an aspiring musician who feels like your dream of playing music is a little too high to reach? Perhaps you can learn a thing or two from Topaz, a band of five men who began their successful music journeys here in Hawaii. Take notes from them as they share with you some advice on how to achieve your maximum musical potential.


PSA: Say Something

PSA: Live Aloha

People desperately need encouragement, and for some, encouraging words are a matter of life or death. Say Something is a public service announcement that reminds people to share words of encouragement that could just save a life.

Reminding viewers to take care of the place where they are, the people around them, and themselves, this public service announcement shows how to do that in easy, but meaningful ways.



Isabel Wiemken → By Joyy Young (‘17)


Senior Isabel Wiemken says HBA’s filmmaking courses helped her discover her passion for making films. Starting off as sophomore in Sean Malinger’s Documentary Film course, she continued taking film courses for the rest of her high school career. Last semester, Wiemken was the film program’s first Advanced Filmmaking student. Students in the class are tasked to create films on their own under the guidance of Malinger. Reflecting on her experience, Wiemken said, “It was definitely a challenge. But I felt more free creatively because I got to do projects completely on my own.” In Advanced Filmmaking, Wiemken completed two documentaries. Her first, Taking Notes: Advice for Young Musicians, features Topaz, a band which includes Wiemken’s uncle, holding

their annual reunion show. The band played for a year right out of high school before disbanding, and has held an annual reunion show ever since. Wiemken’s other film is Grandpa’s Hands. Featuring her grandfather, the film explores the “long life of hard work” that he has experienced. Discussing the filmmaking process, Wiemken said, “Pre-production is definitely the hardest because you have to plan everything and have a good story to start.” Her favorite part is post-production work. “That’s when you see everything come together,” she said. “It is the most work but the most rewarding part of it as well.” Wiemken is heading to Chapman University in Orange, California this fall where she will be studying Creative Producing, which involves the business, legal, and organizational side of filmmaking. Through her experience in HBA’s film program, Wiemken said she found that her strengths are in the planning and organization process of filmmaking.

Float Your Boat → By Ryan Higashi (‘17)

Documentary film Float your Boat by Judithanne (Joyy) Young, Noelle Nakamura, Nicholas Domingo, and Davin Uyeda follows the experiences of a few boat captains during a rafting competition. Junior Joyy Young, who directed the film, liked the idea because she thought that the film would be relatable to HBA and non-HBA students. “The rafting competition brings science to life and puts the ideas learned in the classroom to practice,” said Young. Young, who recently acted in the Hawaii Theater for Youth’s Othello production, chose to take Documentary Film to learn the filmmaking process. At the start of the production, Young was challenged by the brainstorming and planning but in the end, she said, “The best part was being able to see the fruits” of her work in a film.”

13 Minutes → By Alexa Yoo (‘17)

The production of 13 Minutes took place during the second semester, from January through April. The film was directed and edited by Gavin Arucan (‘16), written by Ku’ulei Rodby (‘16), and produced by Elissa Ota (‘16). The props were designed by Noa Kerr (‘16), and costumes were designed by Ethan Ishinuma (‘18).

Machines such as the Mars Rover have explored frontiers and opened up new worlds for humanity to discover, although man has yet to step foot on planetary bodies in our universe other than the Earth and its moon. However, this lack of homosapien presence on other-worldly planets has not stopped a particular group of students from exploring the frontiers of space travel. 13 minutes, produced by students in the Art & History of Film class, is about the first astronaut to set foot on Mars. The title of the film stems from the fact that a radio signal sent from Earth to Mars takes 13 minutes to be delivered. The process of making the film was certainly a group effort, as director and editor Gavin Arucan pointed out. “I learned how to work with a small crew to get a project done on time,” he said. “The filming process was very stressful and time consuming, but I think the end product is worth it.” Students in the Art and History of Film class, taught by Sean Malinger, are required to write and produce a short film in the course of one semester. “Honestly, I decided to take this class because the Intro to Psychology class was full. It was like a last resort for me. I already had Mr. Malinger as a teacher the year before in Photography so I kind of had an idea of what to expect​from him​and thought why not?” said screenwriter Ku’ulei Rodby. However, Rodby


In an age where technology and innovation have become a necessity for survival, the concept of planetary travel is becoming more of a reality. soon discovered her passion for film through the class. “This class has taught me so much about movies, like how camera techniques are used to make the audience feel a certain way. As someone who’s been exposed to ​a variety of movies growing up, I really value what I have learned. ​I can’t watch a movie now without thinking about some of the things I’ve learned in class,” Rodby said. As 13 Minutes follows the footsteps of one leading humankind on a revolutionary journey in space, the student crew behind the film have also embarked on a journey to discover their passions through filmmaking.

Sam Nishimiya


→ By Kylie Yamauchi (‘16)

Briana Smith → By Marissa Kwon (‘16)

Senior film student Briana Smith is the director of the PSA Live Aloha and short film The Choice. “In my very first year of film class, I remember I was very excited. I have loved performing arts and film since I was little and had so much anticipation since my sister had taken the same class too before,” Smith commented. Prior to her film experiences in the classroom, Smith took acting lessons and landed an internship as a personal assistant on a start up television show. “I have always enjoyed

performing whether it was through dance, theater, or acting,” Smith said. “When I was able to PA on a project outside of HBA, I found that I really just enjoyed being in the film environment. I got to experience the audition process and watch some of the filming too. I remember that that experience in particular really shaped my perception of film”. Smith completed the Art & History of Film, a full-year course, during her junior year, and Documentary Film, a semester course, during the first half of her senior year. She is currently taking Advanced Filmmaking, a rigorous semester class designed for students who have completed both the introductory and advanced film courses. “You basically have to [edit and direct] three whole films by yourself,” Smith explained, “but the prerequisite is that you have to complete Art & History of Film and Documentary Film. That way you can be prepared for all the work that you have to do”. Smith advises prospective film students to prepare themselves for a different kind of challenge. “It was an adjustment [from HBA’s tough academic courses] because you really have to think creatively. Film classes at HBA have opened me up to other mediums through which I could tell stories. I believe stories have very profound affects on individuals, and if given that platform, [we] should make those stories worth telling. I always say that the movie theater is my ‘second sanctuary’ because as cheesy as it sounds, I forget about everything that’s going on and get so sucked

into a story—if it’s good of course!” Her work this year focuses on sharing the stories of others. Smith edited An Artist, which she says is “very unique in the sense that we get to learn more about one of our fellow classmates”. Live Aloha is about paying it forward, with a local twist. Smith says it reminds people that small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of others. Smith’s short film, The Choice, is her first major project in Advanced Filmmaking and was still in production when she was interviewed for this article. Smith wants to encourage students to enroll in an HBA film course. “Anyone who likes to try new things and step out of his comfort zone [should] try a film class; you’ll learn a lot, as I know I have,” she said.

Look up the username @samuel.n on Instagram and you’ll find an ocean-themed photography feed. Continue scrolling down and let your eyes wander over rows of crisp ocean waves and Oahu’s beautiful beaches and mountains. At first glance, you might find it hard to believe that a high school senior without any photography classes under his belt would be capable of taking photos similar to those you might see in a surfing magazine. But that’s exactly what senior Sam Nishimiya is capable of. Nishimiya became interested in photography after receiving a GoPro camera during his freshmen year. With his GoPro, Nishimiya started taking pictures along the shorebreak at Sandy’s Beach, where he spends many weekends. As he became more serious about photography, upgrading to better equipment, Nishimiya decided to take up filmmaking and signed up for the Art & History of Film class during his junior year. This school year, Nishimiya studied Documentary Film in the first semester and went on to the Advanced FIlmmaking class in the second semester. He has three films the festival,

two of which he produced and filmed as part of the Advanced Filmmaking course. In the Documentary Film course, Nishimiya directed the film Tanner Isaacs: An Artist, which features fellow senior Tanner Isaacs and his passion for drawing cartoons. His intent for this film was to show people that Isaacs is gifted in his work. “My favorite part was watching [this film] be completed,” said Nishimiya, “because it was nice seeing everything come together in the end.” According to Nishimiya, setting up and breaking down filming equipment is often more time consuming than the actual filming.

“So much of the equipment was expensive and we had to set it up right or else we feared the finished product wouldn’t turn out as great,” he said. Nishimiya is especially excited about his short film Island Tour, a compilation of drone footage that gives viewers a bird’s eye view of Oahu. He jokingly said, “I don’t want anyone else to get a drone because it’s my cool thing. But I do want people to see the island in a new and different way through this film.”

Garrett Omoto



in his mid-twenties. Discouraged, Omoto shelved parts at a Honda research facility for six months before applying for animation jobs again. He said, “Everyone around me was getting to do what they wanted to do so I thought, ‘It’s stupid of me to be so prideful’ so I should just try to look again.’” After picking up his pencil and continuing the search, not to mention having to deal with That’s the number another rejection and unnerving comments of times HBA art from a particular test proctor who said, “You teacher Garrett Omoto has should go back to school,” Omoto was hired by Filmation in Los Angeles, California. watched Star Wars. Filmation was the studio working on All He could probably tell you all there is to know Dogs Go To Heaven and assigned Omoto one about Star Wars if you asked. But if you were of the most grueling and detailed tasks in to ask him about All Dogs Go To Heaven, a the production: “inbetweening.” According classic children’s movie he worked on as an to Omoto, the artists whose jobs were animator before coming to HBA, he’d shrug “inbetweening” were at the “bottom of the and say he has only watched the movie twice. food chain,” and had to do the most work. At the young age of nine, Omoto became “Inbetweening” consists of creating tediously interested in drawing cartoons after finding detailed frames between two images to make inspiration in a comic book he bought at a smooth transition of movement between the John’s Store in Nuuanu. Although talented two. It took around eight to twelve drawings and adept at his skill, he struggled to land just to fill a one second spot. During the time a job in the competitive animation business, he worked at Filmation, the animation industry being turned down by a number of studios was just beginning to take off, but animation

→ By Kylie Yamauchi (‘16)

projects were still few and far in between. After the completion of the movie, Omoto was laid off at Filmation and in that year bounced around between six different film companies. “All I saw was work over the horizon,” said Omoto. “With animation there is only deadline after deadline. I wanted a job that would have an end and maybe a break in between.” Omoto soon found that job to be teaching. After returning to the University of Hawaii for an Education degree, he was hired at HBA to be the elementary Art teacher. Four years ago, Omoto transferred to the high school campus and is now teaching a variety of art classes, including Introduction to Animation. According to him, his passion for animation hasn’t dwindled since changing jobs. Considering the thousands of “inbetweening” sketches he had to draw for All Dogs Go to Heaven, it’s understandable that Omoto doesn’t want to be reminded of the work he had to do. That’s probably why he’s only watched the film twice.

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→ By Colton-Kai Kaupiko (‘19)

The art exhibits showcase work by students from kindergarten through high school, including both two and three-dimensional work. Including sculptures, masks, drawings, and portraits, the middle and high school exhibits were produced by students in the following classes: Basic Drawing; Advanced Drawing & Painting; Basic Mixed Media; Advanced Mixed Media; Ceramics 1 & 2; Middle School Cartooning; Middle School Art; and Middle School Fine Art. High school artwork is displayed in rooms D201 and D202. While middle school artwork is in room D301. Work by the elementary students range from ceramics to paintings, and are showcased in the Learning Center.

Katie Small → By Jessie Lin (‘18) “This year my young artists are very excited to be included in the Art and Film Festival,” Small said. When looking back on the school year, Small said the process of seeing her students work on their art is what gives her joy. “What I’m looking forward to in the festival is seeing God’s fingerprints on all the different, excellent pieces. God is the Master-Artist and it’s such a thrill to have connection with Him. He is the source of unlimited inspiration and we as artists get to partner with that. My congratulations to all the teachers and students that make this event such a creative impact for God,” Small said.


Katie Small, the K-6 art teacher at the Elementary Campus, had her students submit a wide array of art done in her class for display at the Young Artists Exhibition. From paintings to ceramics, the students of the Elementary School are given a chance to share their hard work tonight.



Students in the Photography class will be giving presentations of their best photographs tonight. → By Jett Uehara (‘18) The high school Photography class covers the basics of using a DSLR camera as well as the more complex aspects of photography. In tonight’s presentations, students will explain the intent and techniques used behind their photographs. “The best thing I learned was more about my camera. Before I went into this class, I didn’t really know what to do with so many settings and buttons,” said junior Tiara Moss. She added that she will continue to pursue photography as a hobby after the end of the class. Sophomore Nicole Nirei, who will be presenting her best photos of flowers and landscapes, said that she enjoyed learning about photo composition. Photography presentations will take place in D302 from 6:15pm to 7:25pm.

Greek Art Contest (for 7th graders only)




Fine Arts 7th grade students: Guess as many Greek myths/characters as you can. Write each artist's name next to your guess and place this page in the box next to the artwork. The winner will be announced in Mrs. Yamashita's next class.



























Science Exhibit

→ By Ryan Su

Both middle and high school students have contributed to the Science & Technology exhibits. The exhibits showcase projects from both clubs and classes, including entries from the Middle School Science Fair, the Environmental Club, and the high school AP Environmental Science, Biology and Physics classes. Medulla Oblongata the Biology Bunny makes his annual appearance at the festival, as will Physics class video projects. There is also a monster genetics project, and a few other surprises. 15

Technology Exhibit The Technology Exhibit showcases 2D games created in Greenfoot (Java) by the high school Intro to Programming class, 3D games created using Alice by the 8th grade Beginning Programming class, and Lego EV3 robots created by the middle school Robotics 7-8 class.

→ By Karly Tom

Attendees of the festival will be able to play the games and see the robots in action. Eighth grader Timothy Dixon took both the Beginning Programming and the Robotics 7-8 classes and said that he learned to program and to be creative. “I found it interesting that we could do an abundance of things just by learning how to program,” he said.

Wind Ensemble → By Ku‘ulei Rodby


Representing the HBA Wind Ensemble at the festival is the high school Jazz Band. Directed by Brad Shimizu, the Wind Ensemble has more than 70 students and is one of five bands under Shimizu’s directorship in the middle and high school. In addition to performing at school events this year, the Wind Ensemble took a trip to California to perform at Disneyland, where they took the stage at the Disney California Adventure® Park. In the span of five days, the group also visited the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood, and the Griffith Observatory. The trip was especially memorable for freshman French Horn player Rena Takatsuka. “It was really nice of the upperclassmen to be so kind to Kara Lum and I as we were the only freshmen on the trip,” she said. After the trip, the band shifted their focus on preparing for the Parade of Bands competition on April 16. This was the first time HBA participated in the event. The ensemble’s performance at the competition earned them the equivalent of an A- score. The ensemble is currenly preparing for HBA’s end of year Spring Concert, which will feature all five bands—Beginning and Intermediate middle school bands, Beginning high school band, Concert Band, and the Wind Ensemble—in concert at the McKinley High School auditorium on Saturday, May 28.


Photoshop Exhibit

Photoshop students design projects using the techniques available in Photoshop to transform, modify, color, and digitally enhance photos and drawings.


Even students who have never taken art before are encouraged to express themselves in ways they have never done before and they often find the artist within.

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2016 April Eagle Eye HBAAFF Edition  

This issue was published in conjunction with the HBA Arts and Film Festival. The Eagle Eye is the student news magazine of Hawaii Baptist Ac...

2016 April Eagle Eye HBAAFF Edition  

This issue was published in conjunction with the HBA Arts and Film Festival. The Eagle Eye is the student news magazine of Hawaii Baptist Ac...