Dual-credit courses gave Hughes head start

Dual-credit courses allowed Brad Hughes to get a jump on life.

The 2005 Frenship graduate also became a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a bachelor of science in radio, television and film.

“While I was at Frenship, I took some dual-credit courses,” he said. “With the course credit that I had in high school, I was able to take a couple of hours each summer and finish in three years.”

Hughes, who was involved in varsity football, Latin Club, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society during high school, spent time in Hollywood last summer doing a college internship with Ridley Scott at Scott Free Productions and at Imagine Entertainment.

“Up until my junior year, I hadn’t done media; I hadn’t played around with video editing. But it was something I was good at and I really enjoyed,” he said. He credits teacher Andy Penney with helping get him interested.

During college, he wrote a screenplay about a kid in West Texas who rides bulls.

“It’s a sports drama, kind of in the sense of ‘Friday Night Lights’ or ‘Remember the Titans,’” he said. “I plan to shoot it all here in West Texas, too.”

Hughes said he hopes to start shooting on the film this summer. He said he was inspired by spending time on his grandfather’s ranch in Snyder while growing up.

“A lot of people are under the impression that you have to be in Hollywood” to have a career in the film business, Hughes said. But because of California’s taxes, it’s easier — and cheaper — to make movies in states like Texas, he said.

Hughes started his own production company, Playbook Productions, in 2006 along with some high school friends.

To pay the bills, Hughes has been doing some contract work for Texas Tech and local churches, as well as substitute teaching.

Eventually, he said he would like to be able to be fully involved in the film industry.
“Since I’m only 21, I’ve got time,” he said.

Hughes became engaged in March to Caitlin Johnson, of Corpus Christi. He said they met during his senior year of high school.

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