Video students learn techniques from film festival


Photo by Yasmin Ali

Rapper Vanilla Ice presents the award for best music video, won by Matthew Nadel and Simon Geisker. The event was held at Keith C. and Blaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in Lynn University.

As the lights turned on, applause filled the room. The film had won best documentary. On March 10, students from Shannon Owens’ and Shakendra Moorer’s video class attended the Student Showcase of Film at Lynn University.

“We went to the showcase so the middle school students could go see award winning production work,” Owens, communications teacher, said.

There were different categories for the films like short feature, documentary, animation, music video, commercial Public Service Announcement (PSA), environmental PSA, mental health awareness PSA, screenwriting, audience award and a poster design contest.

“My favorite film was the scary one,” Misty Connelly, assistant principal, said. “It was about this spreading disease. It looked so realistic, the lighting and acting were really good.”

The purpose of the trip was to teach students different techniques used by the film makers.

“Students will gain inspiration for telling their own stories by seeing all the different examples of lighting acting and point of view,” Owens said.

From all over Florida, student film makers from high schools and colleges competed for scholarships and awards for the different categories.

“It was impressive,” Tyler Backus, seventh grade communications major, said. “It seemed like the work was by an adult when it was not.”

The winners of each categories were Arille Dauch for commercial PSA, Erik Kallin for documentary PSA, Elizabeth Quintana for environmental PSA, Stephanie Cone for screenwriting, Matthew Nadel and Simon Geisker for music video, Alexander Luttin for mental health awareness, Tarun Lak for animation, Lacei Sams for poster design, Maddie Glas, Briana Flouro, Kyle Tran, Tyler Nitti, Krzysztof Madro and Lyndsie Zimmerman for high school short feature.

“I connected to more than others,” Owens said. “The PSA on keeping Florida clean touched me.”

The Student Showcase of Films is an annual event. For the past 10 years, Frank Licari has hosted this event. Other celebrities like Burt Reynolds and Vanilla Ice were there.

“We’ve been to this event in the past,” Owens said. “I would go again. I support taking students to this event and expand their exposure and open their world to Florida film making.”