SENIOR SNAPSHOT: Eitan Schramm sees the world in terms of stories

By Jacob Perelman, Staff Writer

S: Most people who love movies go and see more movies. Eitan Schramm started to make films himself.

He claims his brain works differently than the ordinary person’s because he can see a mundane situation and turn it into a sci-fi universe.

“I see things in terms of stories, and film is the best way to convey these stories,” said Eitan, who

plans to make a career out of it and is hoping to enroll in Boston University’s film school in two years.

 The Shalhevet community saw this up close last fall, when Eitan’s sci-fi fantasy about time travel love and Amelia Earhart, titled “The Anomaly,” was the hit finale to drama’s one-act festival.  It featured a crazy scientist falling in love with a woman who had no idea what century she was in.

Eitan said it had been edited in a way that calmed it down.

“Originally, it was very weird,” he said.

Although he’s loved movies all his life – his favorite directors are the storytellers JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg – Eitan didn’t make his first film until he produced a four-and-a-half-minute film titled, “TV Time” for Mrs. Sunshine’s class, for an assignment on how persuasion works.

“I misread the assignment instructions but when I found out that I misread, I still really wanted to do my original idea,” Eitan said in an interview.

Then last summer he attended The School of Creative and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles where he fell in love with the filmmaking process and made two short films.

 One task there was to make a movie that doesn’t have any cuts in it and features one continuous video clip. Eitan produced, wrote and directed a film delving into the life of a mischievous fly whose goal in life is to bother the humans around him.

The second film he produced, “Secret Admirer,” shows the story of a high school boy who leaves notes in his crush’s locker. Things don’t go as planned when the admirer gets rejected a date.

Starting last year, Eitan began submitting films as assignments for his English and AP Psychology classes. The Shalhevet basement actually doubles for a crime-scene set in his latest film, “Nonexistent,” for Ms. Crincoli’s Creative Writing class.

In Ms. Sunshine’s class, Eitan and fellow senior Daniel Shoham produced fake commercials that mocked real commercials as a part of a psychology assignment.  Ms. Sunshine said they did very well.

 ”Eitan stands out in my mind for his quirky humor and creativity…,” Ms. Sunshine told the Boiling Point in an email.“I enjoyed the different spin on the assignment,” Ms. Sunshine told the Boiling Point in an email.

After a gap year at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Israel, Eitan plans to enroll in Drexel University in Philadelphia.  But he also has been conditionally accepted to Boston University, which has the film school he hopes to attend, for his sophomore year.

Although it’s a little unusual, Eitan has already shown that he’s one of a kind.