Tarkan Takil is making waves in the world of indie cinema with his recent short film “A Tear in the Flannel
.” The East Islip High School senior was recently interviewed by MSG Varsity for “The Student Director’s Cut
,” their new student-hosted show highlighting original film productions by students. MSG Varsity also named Takil’s movie as a regional finalist in their local independent film video competition. If he wins this tri-state competition, it could help provide the school and its video studio with thousands of dollars in prize money.
“Tarkan has a true passion for filmmaking,” said teacher James Connell. “His work ethic and ambition for making movies makes him one of the top students in East Islip’s broadcast television course.”
Created back in March for the annual Long Island Media Arts Show competition, “A Tear in the Flannel” was filmed outside of class and then edited in Connell’s classroom. The hilarious film, replete with references to Tumblr and hipster fashions, was designed to be a spoof of the reality show “Intervention,” and he had no trouble finding likeminded students to collaborate with. "Tarkan has a very easygoing personality and is extremely fun to work with as a filmmaker,” said fellow senior and close friend David Tekverk.
Tekverk himself was also the recipient of an extraordinary recent honor for “Slap Stick Figures
,” an animated film he made with fellow East Islip students Brendan Bullard and Brian Potter. Previously chosen as “Best in Show” at the Long Island Media Arts Show, “Slap Stick Figures” was selected by the Suffolk County Film Commission for the seventh annual Suffolk County First Exposure Film Festival and screened at the prestigious Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on May 20.
Takil and Tekverk’s triumphs were possible due to the depth and quality of East Islip’s video equipment and program. “All year long we have been making improvements to the TV studio facility,” explained Connell. These upgrades included a green-screen wall, new wifi and media storage, five new Mac editors and two new digital cameras. “The TV studio cameras used to have older mini-televisions hooked up to them for the teleprompters,” said Connell. “The students in Chad Spruyt’s metal shop course designed and created new mounts for them using sheet metal so that they can be modernized with 13-inch flat-panel computer monitors.”
As evidenced by successful productions like “A Tear in the Flannel” and “Slap Stick Figures,” Connell sees a bright future for East Islip’s video program. “Thanks largely to our partnership with MSG Varsity, we believe the video course will continue to thrive,” he said. “As long as we keep providing them with videos, they will continue to help fund the program. Every time we upload videos to their website we collect points, and those points then get converted to dollars that can be used to purchase additional equipment.”