Honors Tutorial College

Each year, the School of Film welcomes in a select few undergraduate members of the Honors Tutorial College.  These outstanding students enroll in graduate-level classes along with the MFA students and participate in film crew service, and eventually write and direct their own films.  Students in the HTC program receive BFA degrees at the end of their four year term.


Michaela Chilenski  HTC 2020

Michaela was born and raised in Hilliard, Ohio and graduated from Hilliard Davidson High School. There she took part in the school's Drama club, tech crew, art club, and film fest committee. She was inspired by her art teacher, Dan Gerdeman, to pursue film and continued to grow in love with the medium throughout high school. Taking part on her high school's film fest committee only confirmed that film was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She is eagerly looking forward to learning as much as she can about filmmaking during her time at the HTC.

Logan Marshall HTC 2020

Logan grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, a small town located just north of Cincinnati. In 2016 he graduated at the top of his class from Lebanon High School, where he discovered his passion for filmmaking and founded the school's first-ever film club. During his time here at Ohio University, Logan will be working towards honing his craft in the realms of both editing and directing. Some of his biggest film-related influences include directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Paul Thomas Anderson. 

Sami Scholl  HTC 2020

Sami Scholl is a freshman in the HTC school of Film. She is from Cincinnati and graduated high school from the School for Creative and Performing Arts majoring in Creative Writing. She has written several screenplays and made one short film. She is looking forward to her next few years here!

blaize hart  HTC 2020

Blaize was born in Westerville, Ohio and grew up in nearby Lewis Center, where he attended Olentangy Orange High School. Throughout high school, Blaize was an active participant in the International Thespian Society, drama club, ski club, and is still an ambassador for Lifeline of Ohio. Blaize received his first camera in elementary school, which fostered his new passion for photography. It wasn't until high school until he decided to study filmmaking. Some of his interests as far as filmmaking include Stanley Kubrick, psychological thrillers/horrors, and of course, Harry Potter.

Ben Bouxsein  HTC 2019

Ben is from Evanston, Illinois, where he graduated from Evanston Township High School, where he worked on short films and documentary. He’s currently a sophomore in the Honors Tutorial College here at Ohio University. Some of his inspirations when it comes to filmmaking have been Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Werner Herzog, etc. He loves storytelling as a craft, and is most often compelled to tell stories centered around the conflict between the nature of the individual and how that contributes to a societal whole. 

Savannah Heller  HTC 2019

Savannah was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio, where she explored a wide variety of interests including soccer, ballet, sketching, and reading. She was first introduced to filmmaking during her freshman year at the Montessori High School at University Circle and continued to explore it throughout the following years. Currently, Savannah is a sophomore at the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. She loves the visual beauty of film and is looking to create entertaining, innovative and informative films about topics that she is passionate about.

Patrick Local HTC 2018

Patrick Local was born and raised in Waverly, Ohio. In 2014, he graduated valedictorian from his high school. Now, as an undergraduate student pursuing his BFA in Film through Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, Patrick is currently interested in the relationship between body and mental illness and is exploring that topic through experimental shorts.


  • Waverly High School

Zachary Stoner HTC 2018

Zachary Stoner is from Pittsburgh, but spent much of his life growing up in Cranberry Township in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Before becoming an HTC undergraduate student at Ohio University, Zach graduated from high school where he worked on various film and theatre projects. He is inspired by the quirky films of Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze. Also, the writings of Christopher Nolan and Charlie Kaufman as well as the directorial styles of Jean-Marc Vallée and Zach Braff.


  • Seneca Valley High School