"Although I'm not big on the content of his movie, I love to encourage students to expand their creativity, and Joey certainly is," said Glenda VanReenan, the instructor of Friel's Film Studies independent study as well as the school's drama club sponsor and theater teacher.
Friel plans to do much of the graphics work himself. Graphic design is his passion and his chosen career path.
"[The movie] is only an experiment...a very large, time-consuming experiment," he said.
Making the movie appealed to him because of the graphics and sound he would be able to apply to the project, he said. He sees making the movie as a way to further develop his passion for graphic design and introduce himself to new opportunities.
Along with writing, producing and directing his movie, Friel is the graphic designer for the school newspaper and plays trombone in the marching and jazz bands. He also is involved in church and plays and sings in a few of his own bands.
When asked what his interests are, he said, "Almost anything that could be classified as 'nerdy' would probably be a good reference point."
The production of "Forsaken" is very exciting for Pocahontas County High School, and its completion is greatly anticipated. Friel has enjoyed making the movie and cannot wait to see his creation come alive.He encourages any feedback and can be contacted at chocosage...@live.com.