PHILOMATH, Ore. - Almost 400 people packed the auditorium at Philomath High School on Friday night for the premiere of the movie "Treasure", a 30 minute long short film that was written and directed by a student.
Christopher McMorran, a 14-year-old from Philomath, started writing the script almost a year ago.
Nine other classmates from Philomath Middle School served as actors and helped fulfill other casting duties.
The film centers around of group of friends in a race to find a hidden treasure.
"It's just a fun adventure movie where they are searching for a hidden treasure and then they learn some stuff along the way." McMorran said.
After a year of hard work in shooting, editing, and writing, the group of middle schoolers anxiously sat in the front row of the auditorium and looked on as hundreds of community members poured in to watch the film's debut.
"I'm really surprised at how interested the community has been," McMorran said. "It's kind of scary how big it's gotten."
Dozens of spectators bought DVD copies so that they could take the movie home and watch it again later.
The 8th grader said he plans to make more movies in the near future. Next, he would like to try his hand at making a comedy.