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The independent student media site of West Linn High School


Kyle Swartz

Kyle Swartz, Videographer

 To most, Kyle Swartz, senior, is just another student at West Linn. What most of those people don’t know, is that Swartz isn’t exactly what he seems. Behind those glasses and long hair, he has a dream to become a filmmaker and he has the skill set to make that dream come true.

With over 1000 subscribers on YouTube, a video premiering at the Clinton Street Theater, and an editing credit on IMDB, Kyle is ready to take on the big leagues and journalism. In addition to the private film classes he’s been taking on the weekends, his participation in West Linn’s broadcast team and his YouTube channel, he hopes to use journalism as a way to continue working on his cinematography, writing and editing skills. All this while at the same time making an impression in the community.

“I see journalism as a way for me to have even more practice with the skills I already have, making my filmmaking better.” Swartz said. When asked about why he wants to get into the filmmaking profession he responded, “When it comes down to it, I want to make movies that matter to me. Something film buffs and film aficionados, like myself, would enjoy watching. I don’t want to make the next Avengers movie. I want to make meaningful films; films that people will resonate with people.”

Even with his high hopes, he still acknowledges the highly competitive nature of the business. “I hate the idea of never being able to make my own movie, but I do realize that it’s a possibility,” Kyle states. “There aren’t all that many big budget movie directors. I could end up being an editor or a cinematographer for the rest of my life, but I’m not going to let that stop me from at least trying to make this dream of mine come true.”

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The cast of “It’s Always Sunny” (from left to right): Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito, and creators Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney.

Why “It’s Always Sunny” is the show to binge

Kyle Swartz, Videographer
May 27, 2016

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, which means that if you’re like me, you will be looking for a TV show to spend your newly acquired free time with. While there are many fantastic shows...

[Video] Karaoke Lunch has Big Turnout

Kyle Swartz, Videographer
May 19, 2016

ASB put together a karaoke event during lunch at the senior couches. Despite the sign-up list being empty most of the week, it turned out to be a big event with a lot of memorable performances.

[Video] Movies You’ve Never Seen: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Kyle Swartz, Videographer
April 25, 2016

A movie musical starring 70's pop icons Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees based on music from one of the greatest bands of all time? It must be good then right? Wrong.

[Video] Movies You’ve Never Seen: “Cadillac Man”

Kyle Swartz, Videographer
April 8, 2016

Robin Williams will always be remembered as one of the greatest comedic actors of all time, and "Cadillac Man" is one of his lesser known stand-out performances.

Movies You’ve Never Seen: “Looper”

Andrew Bossen, Kyle Swartz, and
April 8, 2016

A more recent gem, "Looper" has proven to be more than the average movie. Join me as we dive deep into the world of "Looper".

[Video] Movies You’ve Never Seen: “Stuart Saves His Family”

Kyle Swartz, Videographer
April 7, 2016

SNL spin-off films are well known for being either comedy gold or comedy garbage, except for one: "Stuart Saves His Family". Today we take a look at this obscure movie to see whether it’s worth watching...

Quentin Tarantino (right) and Director of Photography Robert Richardson (left) are seen framing up a shot in the cold. The cameras and lenses used in the production had not been used for almost fifty years and had to be restored back to working order to be used in the film. The 65mm cameras allow for the film to be seen in special 70mm roadshow showings in 100 venues across 44 different cities.

“The Hateful Eight” proves to be a fantastic movie-going experience

Kyle Swartz, Videographer
February 29, 2016

“The Hateful Eight,” with its roadshow release, is truly a viewing experience that needs to be seen. Portland’s own Hollywood Theatre is one of only 100 theaters showing the film in glorious 70mm;...

[Video] Word on the Street: Grades

Kyle Swartz and Andrew Bossen
February 9, 2016

What would you do for perfect grades? We hit the halls to see what students think in this episode of Word on the Street; an interview show where students are selected by random and asked about their opinions...

[Video] Word on the Street: Holiday Edition

Kyle Swartz and Andrew Bossen
December 24, 2015

Is it the most wonderful time of the year? We hit the halls of WLHS to see what students think...

[Video] Word on the Street: Trump

Kyle Swartz and Andrew Bossen
December 8, 2015

WLHS students are selected by random and asked how they feel about presidential candidate Donald Trump in the first episode of Word on the Street.

[Video] Football Game Recap 11/6/15

Kyle Swartz and Madeline Marshall
November 6, 2015

Tim Tawa threw for 5 touchdowns in a 41-6 win over Roosevelt in the first round of the state playoffs. The Lions next play in the second round against West Salem on 11/13.

[Video] Football Recap Q4 10/9/15

Kyle Swartz, Rory Bialostosky
October 9, 2015

The West Linn Lions took on the Sherwood Bowmen on October 9th and it proved to be a down-to-the-wire game, as West Linn fell late in the game to Sherwood, 39-35. Commentator Rory Bialostosky runs us through...

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