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East Hollywood HS creates web series

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Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-24 20:33:32-05

WEST VALLEY CITY -- A web series that was made in Utah premieres Monday night. But the makers behind "Paradise High" might surprise you.

“At East Hollywood high School we make movies as part of our education and we try to structure things like the real world and professional field as we can,” said Josh Wagner, film instructor at East Hollywood.

More than 150 East Hollywood students, many of them aspiring film makers, set up to create the ultimate resume reel -- a nine-episode web series about a fictitious school of outcasts, called 'Paradise High.'

“Two years ago my advanced screen writing class had an idea to write a web series -- we wrote it and we realized we had something and we kept working the script and refining it,” Wagner said.

After a year of writing, the words from the script came to life after the school decided to organize a film crew to produce the series.

“We did everything as much as possible just like a real film crew would so they get that experience,” Wagner said.

It was an experience that quickly became more work than anticipated.

“It was more than I expected -- I didn`t expect it to be that difficult to accomplish but it was fun,” said Mitchell Richmond, director of photography for the series.

The series 'Paradise High' is a comedic teenage drama about a school full of outcasts and a girl who tries to fit in with the misfits.

“I think it`s great. It`s really cute, it`s quirky, I think we can find a good audience for it -- it`s appropriate it`s fun,” said Rose Peckham, unit production manager of the series.

The school also plans to market the web series through social media. The more clicks it gets on YouTube, the more money the school earns. They plan to donate half of it to the Center for Women and Children in Crisis.

You can watch the web series at http://paradisehigh.tv/