The images were creative, and the end result was full of humor - albeit without words, as the final product of this year's film camp made its way onto the big screen.

The movie, The Great Library Caper, was the by product of the 2018 Summer Film Camp at the Delaware County Library in Jay.

As the film rolled to the credits during its public debut, director and writer Jamie Loy and her cast were greeted with applause. 

It was all part of the red carpet gala, organized by Loy and Karen Alexander with the Delaware County Library, to mark the end of this year's multi-day film camp.

The camp, now in its fourth year, is designed to teach students the basics of filmmaking, from table reads to the finished product.

This year's project revolved around the summer reading program theme: Libraries Rock, and involved creating a silent film layered with music.

The genesis for the camp came about after Alexander learned about Loy's experience as an actor.

"I grew up around here and didn't really have an opportunity for film projects," Loy said, saying she let the desire "fester" until she "couldn't take it anymore."

"That experience made we want to give kids around here the opportunity."

Alexander said she was pleased with the film.

"I'm a firm believer in letting my staff make me look good," Alexander said with a laugh. "I want them to use their talents wherever they can.

"I want kids here to see that there's a big, great world out there, that they can be a part of, to grow and morph into new ways. I want them to realize what the possibilities are and how they are endless if they work hard."

Alexander said some of the students, who took part in the first camp, are now joining speech and debate classes at the high school. 

At least two of the students were four-year veterans, while several were venturing out into filmmaking for the first time.

"We're planting seeds," Alexander said. "People give us their kids during the summer, we plant seeds and then watch them grow throughout the year."

Alexander told those gathered for the red carpet event, she "doesn't have enough money in the bank to pay [Loy] for the hours she works" on the film camp project. 

About the project

This year, Loy decided to do a silent film - which allowed music to play a dominant role in the picture.

She chose to set the feature in the 1940s era, and make it black and white. 

After watching several silent films for inspiration, Loy created a mystery comedy - The Great Library Caper - in it, a group of fans (Kylee Moore, Keely Moore, Heidi Gann and Savana Brantley) believe their favorite author (Riley Cleveland) has been kidnapped before her book signing event.

Terry Wilson, a fourth-year veteran of the camp, served as the "villain" who the fans believe kidnapped the author. 

Loy said there were several challenges in completing the final movie - including finding a way to layer the scenes to the appropriate music.

"We did a lot of experimental footage, which turned out good during the editing process," Loy said. "The extra scenes helped tie it all together."

Wilson said one of his challenges was learning to create big facial expressions and body movements, which would translate wordlessly on film.

He joked about the "longest clip" in the movie, which involved Keely Moore's character hitting him over the head with her purse.

"I'm sure there was a solid 10 minutes of her hitting me," he laughed, adding he simply loves to act.

"I learned through the whole process," Wilson said. "It's definitely not rocket science, but it's not preschool stuff either.

"It takes skills to act, produce and direct a film."

He plans to continue acting in high school. This school year will mark his second time to be in the drama club at Jay High School.

This was Gann's second time to appear in a film camp production.

The third grader at Ketchum Elementary School, said she loved the climax of the film, when everyone learns the kidnapping is not real and falls into a fit of giggles.

"We were just all together, having fun," Gann said. 

Brantley agreed, adding she's had fun working of every film since the camp started. 

"I just like the people in it," the Grove eighth grader said. "I've learned a lot about filming, and the people have been really great."

She plans to continue acting this fall in the Grove Middle School drama class. 

"It's given me a confidence," Brantley said. "I never would have done that [sign up for the class] without doing this. I have best friends because of this camp."

For Cleveland and the two Moore sisters, this was the first time the trio - who all attend Turkey Ford Elementary - experienced acting. 

Keely Moore, the youngest on the set, said she wanted to be in the camp after watching "a lot of television shows" on the Disney channel.

Her mother, Jennifer, signed Keely and her sister, Kylee, up for the camp in an effort to give them a fun project for the summer.

"We would talk about [the filming] at home, and talk about having to make bigger movements," Jennifer Moore said, adding she believed the camp helped Kylee come out of her shell a bit.

Ultimately it took Loy approximately 20 hours, during the course of 10 days to complete the filming aspect of the camp.

She said many of the early hours were spent teaching students about expression and movement, as well as the research she conducted on silent films. 

"I hope the students learned to express themselves more confidently and that it's ok to do something they've never done before," Loy said. "I hope they will continue this as they get older."

Loy and Alexander said plans are already in the works for next year's film camp. Alexander recently purchased a "green screen" to give the camp another tool in 2019. 

The Delaware County Library is located at 429 South Ninth Street, in Jay. For more information about library programs, persons interested may call 918-253-8521.