Writer/Director Liam O’Donnell makes a visit to CHS

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Ethan Bartucca, Sophomore Contributor

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On Tuesday, February 12th, Liam O’Donnell, a former CHS student turned Hollywood director hosted a Q and A for all of Mr.Sasso’s classes. The director of Sci-Fi sequel Beyond Skyline spoke about his movie and career. It was nice to see the camaraderie between Mr. Sasso and O’Donnell, and it also spread some CHS pride by seeing a former skipper doing so well.

 

After graduating high school in 2000, he went to Boston University, slightly unsure about his future, so he decided to study political science. In 2004, after the Red Sox won the world series, he and fellow CHS graduate Matthew Santoro moved out to LA and rented a cheap apartment. The duo started networking looking to find, in his words, “where we fit” in Hollywood. They began by helping make ads for companies like Fresca, Coke, and Gatorade. When asked about continuing this career in the cutthroat film industry of Hollywood he said that it “Made [him]

self hungry and [he] worked very hard”.

 

Eventually, he got asked to write a new movie called Skyline, which released in 2010, and years later he directed its new sequel Beyond Skyline, which shows “A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship”(IMDb). For both movies, O’Donnell said he drew inspiration from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and most specifically Terminator because he is a self-proclaimed “Schwarzenegger guy”.

 

 

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With every great accomplishment brings challenges along the way, O’Donnell said that “everything that could go wrong, did go wrong” saying that Beyond Skyline’s 2.5-year long production was like a marathon compared to the original. With roughly 350-500 people working on this movie, it was quite a production with a relatively low budget of 15 million dollars.

We rounded out the Q and A by watching a scene from the beginning of Beyond Skyline, and Liam had to leave to resume his tour of Beyond Skyline. Needless to say, this was a really awe-inspiring experience for the students who were able to take part in this. CHS is proud to have such a successful alum and we wish him luck throughout the rest of his movie-making career.

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