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Twins premier film at Oak Harbor High School

Jeremy and Jemily Jayme stand by a poster for their feature film. “Imagination Thief,” which premiered Friday at Oak Harbor High School. The twins graduated in 2007. - Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times
Jeremy and Jemily Jayme stand by a poster for their feature film. “Imagination Thief,” which premiered Friday at Oak Harbor High School. The twins graduated in 2007.
— image credit: Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

Movie-making twins talked with Oak Harbor High School students this past week about the process of making a feature film.

Jemily and Jeremy Jayme spent the better part of two years making a one-hour long film titled, “Imagination Thief.”

The identical twins told the students what went into conceptualizing, designing, scouting and filming their feature.

Whidbey Island residents viewed the film during its premier Friday in Oak Harbor High School’s Student Union Building.

“Imagination Thief” is about a man who has the unusual ability to duplicate the talents of other people. In the process, the character discovers a darker side of such talents, explained Jeremy.

The concept started out as one of a 100 ideas the siblings brainstormed while they were attending the University of Washington, Bothell.

Just before graduating in 2011 with degrees in media and communication, they started developing ideas for their movie. Being introverted, creating a movie — which involves directing actors — proved to be challenging, according to the duo.

“It was a very good learning experience, Jemily told the high school students.

The Jaymes were joined by fellow Oak Harbor graduate Jeff Opdyke and Rolando Harris, who were on hand to share their insights about filmmaking.

The filmmakers explained various aspects of the production process during the nearly hour-long class. They touched on topics such as developing an idea, creating storyboards and the challenges they encountered during the filming of “Imagination Thief.”

As an example of the challenges, they were preparing to film a scene in a home where one of the cast members lived. Unfortunately the home flooded and that left the twins scrambling to find an alternate location while still keeping their schedule.

Friday’s viewing at Oak Harbor High School marked the first time the public has viewed “Imagination Thief.”

Jemily and Jeremy said they are scheduling several showings of their film at the historic Everett Theatre. Dates aren’t yet set, but will be held in July. They applied to enter “Imagination Thief” in the Seattle International Film Festival and Seattle True Independent Film Festival.

They haven’t yet learned if their film was accepted.

Meanwhile, the Jaymes are busy working on other projects. Jemily and Jeremy started their own business, Dead Ringer Productions, where they complete their freelance work as artists. They said they are planning to produce a graphic novel.

They also visit Oak Harbor High School’s video production class, is taught by Chris Douthitt, every year. They remarked that their experiences in high school focused on the process of producing films.

In 2012, Jemily and Jeremy even helped students film “Thrill the Island,” which was an island-wide project remaking a Michael Jackson video.

 

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