Young Filmmakers Draw Attention from Police

Updated 1 year ago

Some teenagers from Brunswick got in trouble for running around with guns. Turns out the guns were fake.They were making an action movie. The guns aren’t real and the effects are computer-generated. Millions of people have watched these action scenes on YouTube, and 17-year-old Paul Kousky, the creator of “USN Films,” says his contract with Google to sell ads is quite lucrative. “I should be set for college if I don’t get any scholarships,” he says.Kousky and friend Angelo Gerardi are both honor students and are working toward becoming Eagle Scouts. The boys and their friends have been producing these movies for a while now. “There is detailed planning going into the videos,” Gerardi added. “There’s extreme processing going on. There’s a lot of acting going on. People are trying, and we’re being safe about it.” However, concerns about safety are what brought these young filmmakers to the attention of Brunswick Police recently. On Friday, police issued criminal trespass warnings to the moviemakers because the teens had shot scenes at Brunswick Landing and the public library, without permission. “We didn’t really try to hide it,” Kousky explained. “We didn’t sneak in and try to film a video and get out. There was a librarian on site who knew that we were filming. The library was open.” Police Chief Richard Rizzo says he’s worried about what could happen if someone calls the cops because of the staged gunplay. “We don’t recognize that the weapons that they have, that are very realistic-looking, are pretend, and we warn them to drop the gun and they don’t do it quickly enough, and the officer feels threatened, and then something tragic happens.” Library officials are now saying almost all of the students are welcome to come back, just without anything that resembles a weapon. 14:14:43-14:14:55 peter lowe/curtis memorial library: “We have great kids in our community,” said Peter Lowe of the library. “We have enterprising kids in our community. We have kids who are being creative. We want to be supportive of that but, in the wake of what happens around us in society, we also have to make sure that we keep people safe.”Paul Kousky has been accepted to the US Naval Academy.Angelo Gerardi is thinking about a career in law enforcement.


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