Skyline freshman Riley Griffiths is a film room superstar

October 11, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Oct. 11, 2011

As the sun set and the stands filled, a chant spread through Skyline High School’s student section.

The Spartans were preparing to play Bellevue. It was a rivalry game, a matchup of programs synonymous with success in the state playoffs, so the trumpeting teenagers fit the scene.

This particular chant, though, had nothing to do with the game. It was directed at a freshman who never took the field, a lineman who didn’t even put on put on a uniform.

There stood Riley Griffiths, watching pregame preparations as the voices rose behind him.

“Su-per eight. Su-per EIGHT! SU-PER EIGHT!”

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Issaquah actor Riley Griffiths, 14, stars in ‘Super 8’

June 21, 2011

On a morning in March, as Beaver Lake Middle School language arts and social studies teacher Karen Smith greeted students in the hallway, eight-grader Riley Griffiths stepped up and asked a question.

Actors Joel Courtney (left) and Issaquah resident Riley Griffiths discuss a scene with director J.J. Abrams before filming on the set of ‘Super 8.’ By Francois Duhamel/Paramount Pictures

Griffiths, 14, whispered, “‘The trailer for ‘Super 8’ came out last night. Can we watch it in class this morning?’” Smith recalled.

“Super 8” — a summer blockbuster about a creature turned loose in a Rust Belt town — started filming not long after Griffiths started school at Beaver Lake. Other students in Smith’s class realized Griffiths had left for a film shoot, but none understood the magnitude. Yet.

The rapt class watched the “Super 8” trailer — and burst into laughter and cheers at the conclusion.

“The students were just so enthralled, and they were so happy for him,” Smith said.

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