Private Project

The Heist

A group of high school students desires the piece to freedom in school and they go on a dangerous mission to retrieve the treasure.

  • William Kizer
  • William Kizer
  • Isabella Kondamareddy
  • Jayden Santos
  • William Kizer
  • Avon Cheng
    Key Cast
    "Protagonist 1"
  • Kaitlyn Chow
    Key Cast
    "Protagonist 2"
  • Benjamin Winmill
    Key Cast
    "Protagonist 3"
  • Nick Barella
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Satire
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Design Tech High School
  • Design Tech High School
    Redwood Shores
    United States
    May 25, 2023
    Local High School Premiere
Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: United States
    Rights: Free TV
Director Biography - William Kizer

I'm Will Kizer, a high school filmmaker from the Bay Area, and I am developing my passion for film. As a kid, I lived in my own world and always loved creating new worlds in my head. As I got older, I had a strong desire to make movies with mind-blowing visual effects and wondered how they were achieved. This curiosity set me on the path of becoming a filmmaker.

First, I started learning Blender 3D, and then I began using green screens and After Effects to create cool films with my younger siblings. This introduced me to the world of filmmaking, and I became hooked. I started learning about shot types and the three-act structure. Fast forward to my sophomore year of high school, after creating numerous homemade movies, I initiated the Design Tech Film Project.

Currently, I am working on producing three films within my three years left of high school. I recently completed "The Heist" in 2023, and it was a valuable learning experience. Moving forward into my junior and senior years, my goal is to continue progressing as a filmmaker.

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Director Statement

This film allowed me to step into the shoes of characters from my daydreams, exploring their perspectives and bringing their stories to life. I got to portray the events that answer the "what if" questions we have at school. It was helpful that when writing the film, I was often at the location of the film.

Since we cast from the school, we had a lot of new actors, and I worked to explain why they were there. I set up this film so the characters are always one step ahead of the audience since they know what they are stealing. I did this to really keep everyone on their toes about why the students are there.