We sat down with seventeen year old actor, producer, researcher, and documentarian
Kayla Thompson to get a backstage look at the making of her latest short film, a profile on the Marin City Library.
Marin County Free Library: So, Kayla, how long did it take you to
make this film?
Kayla Thompson: FOREVVERRRR! Yeah, way too long.
MCFL: What were the best and worst aspects of the process?
KT: The worst thing was probably making it. (Laughs) And the
best--filming it. I liked filming it. And hearing the stories.
MCFL: Any advice for the aspiring documentarian?
KT: DON'T use PowerDirector. If you have the money, use a Mac. Get
Adobe, we're actually trying to get Adobe Premiere. But try to use a more advanced
video editing software. My low point was actually using PowerDirector. I was editing
all day, and it just disappeared! It froze and I lost it all. But then it came
Kayla editing her video on a 2005 Windows PC using PowerDirector [Dramatic
MCFL: Did anything surprise you in the research process?
KT: This library is young. It started in like 1997 [KT was born in
1994]. I didn't know that. And there are a lot of people who come here [Find out how many here]. It doesn't seem like it,
when you work here all day. But there are a lot of people who come to the
MCFL: Anything else you want to share with your audience?
KT: Come to the library!
Ms. Thompson is currently a senior at Tam High and is also the senior most Marin
WebStar. The WebStars is a youth arts, technology, and community service program
headquartered in the Marin City Library. The program trains young people as technology
ambassadors. The WebStars serve the Bay Area, offering tutoring and troubleshooting
- Email, word processing, and basic hardware/software maintenance
- Social media, blogging, and photo sharing
- Webpage design, photo editing, and animation
In addition to one-on-one tech help, the WebStars partner with organizations to
create original digital projects. To learn more about the Marin WebStars program or to
make a donation toward the purchase of Adobe Premiere Pro, visit marinwebstars.org
To sign up for one-on-one technology assistance, call the Marin City Library at
415-332-6159, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
request an appointment online.