Chirp, Buzz, and Senior Projects

by Meg Boyle

To pursue her dream in independent filmmaking, JPCatholic senior Miley Durbin took a leap of faith, coming to California from her small town in Oklahoma. During her three years at the school, she gained experience and knowledge that proved invaluable when the time came for her her senior thesis project, Chirp, Buzz, and Other Sensations. 


Chirp, Buzz, and Other Sensations is a short film that follows the story of 15-year-old Christian poster-child, Angie Belle, whose faith is tested by new, unfamiliar sexual feelings towards her best friend, Lenny. This coming-of-age story was directed by Miley, and co-written with Gabe Moore. The film follows Angie who desperately attempts to rid herself of the seemingly sinful and harmful sensations. She seeks help from a sex addiction support group, only to discover that the feelings will not easily be cast off.

After two long weekends, filming wrapped over the spring quarter, with a pick-up shot day early this summer. Miley’s editing team have now moved on to the third and final phase of the project. Miley explains that the editing process was slow but sure. After many rough cuts, her team achieved picture-lock last week and is now moving on to coloring and sound design.

On August 31, 2017, Chirp, Buzz, and Other Sensations will be premiered alongside four other senior projects at Escondido’s Regal Movie Theatre. Here Miley’s family and friends will come and watch the film that she has put so much time and energy into. She explained how lucky she is to have such an efficient, hardworking group to create with and is confident that the film will be a success. “I am nervous to see my work on the screen, but I have an amazing team and I know they want this to come out just as perfect as I want it to.”

Chirp, Buzz, and Other Sensations has been “an eye-opening” experience for Miley. She feels the film has been a reminder of why she came to JPCatholic in the beginning. Miley’s growing excitement to enter the independent film industry has heightened since taking on the project, “Anything is possible if you put hard work into your dreams.” With her graduation date approaching, Miley is confident in her skills and is ready for what the future has in store.


Left to Right: Miley Durbin, Nicolas Alayo (Lenny), Eve Bui (Angie), and Gabe Moore on set.

Photos courtesy of Peter Lobato.