Video Production students prepare for upcoming contests

By Maddie Knight 

Staff Writer

Tahoma Video Production students are currently hard at work in preparation for upcoming contests in the spring.

Video Production teacher Vincent Nelson said contests “offer opportunity for students to put their filming skills to the test.” 

Mr. Nelson continued, “Some of these kids, the advanced students, TA’s, I’ve had for two to three years now, and it’s good to see what they can do.” Many advanced Video Production students (and some intro students as well) are making videos for the Summit Film Festival, a much anticipated first-time event.

The Summit Film Festival will take place Apr. 18 on the Summit Rainer campus. Students from all of the Summit California campuses may enter their short films (up to four minutes in length) on any school-appropriate topic for a chance to win the grand prize. 

The overall winner will receive an iPad, and cash prizes will be given out for the best film from each individual Summit school. In addition, special prizes will be given out for “Best Actor,” “Best Director” and “Best Editor.”

Students can enter the Summit Film Festival until Apr. 16 using this form

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Tahoma senior Victoria Lopez Sandoval holds the slate as Video Production teacher Vincent Nelson gets the boom mic ready for filming. PHOTO CREDIT: Maddie Knight

The other contest, in which all Intro to Video Production students are entering, is the Viral Video Contest. An annual contest, open to any high school students in California, the Viral Video Contest asks students to make a video about safe sex and/or STDs in recognition of STD Awareness Month in April.

For this contest, the winning team will receive a cash prize of $1,500. In addition, the second-place team wins $1,000 and the third-place team $500.   

You can view the video submissions for the Viral Video Contest at this link. (Mr. Nelson encourages viewers to watch them all — the number of views is considered in the judging.)

Some students are entering their videos into both contests. Tahoma freshman Angela Nguyen said, “I am entering my video into the festival as well [as the Viral Video Contest] because you know, more chance of winning, but mainly because the festival will give feedback and that’ll be helpful moving forward.”

Tahoma freshman Ryan Kenny is entering the Summit Film Festival with a personal video. Kenny is in the Intro to Video Production class and previously had made some short films with his family. He doesn’t expect to win, but said, “I think it will be good to get feedback on my video so I can improve.” 

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