Sunday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
NATIONAL FESTIVAL SELECTS BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL’S DIGITAL FILMMAKING PROGRAM TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTARIES FOR IMAX
Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program was one of five “exemplary” programs chosen by the All American High School FilmFestival (AAHSFF) to receive a $5,000 “In Focus” grant from IMAX. The All American High School Film Festival is the largest high school film festival in the nation, drawing competition from all across the country. The announcement was made Friday, October 7th, during the festival’s Opening Night ceremonies in New York City.
“We selected programs that produced quality content in the voice of young people that’s raw and meaningful to their peers. We have a library of content of about 5,000 films and identified programs that consistently submitted quality work” said Tom Oliva, Executive Director of the AAHSFF.
Partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the “In Focus” initiative is a component of IMAX “Big Picture”, the corporate social responsibility program created to leverage the power of film to mobilize action and effect positive change. The five selected student film programs will create short films that address at least one of the UN’s following development goals:
– Climate action, which calls for efforts to stem greenhouse gas emissions, which scientists cite as a major factor in the earth’s changing weather patterns, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
– Life below water, encouraging people, enterprises and nations to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources. According to the UN, some 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
– Life on land, encouraging people, enterprises and nations to sustainably manage forests, and halt and reverse land degradation. According to the UN, forests account for a third of the earth’s surface, highlighting the global imperative to reverse deforestation.
“This effort provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to elevate their work to a higher platform and work with new film technology, while encouraging them to use film to effect change and social improvement,” said Richard Gelfond, IMAX CEO.
The All American High School Film Festival has a distinguished jury, with such luminaries as screenwriter Diablo Cody, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott. Official Selections to the festival are also eligible for awards. Last year, films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students were finalists for Best Screenplay, Best Directing, Best Drama, and Best Documentary – as well as two of their productions becoming finalists for Best Overall Film. (They won the Best Drama prize. The honored films from last year can be viewed on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo site at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .) This year’s festival, which opened on October 7, features 10 productions by 21 students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program.
Posted by ML at 4:10 PM
Saturday, October 08, 2016
When the envelopes were opened at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on Oct. 4, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced two films by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program as winners of National Student Production Awards. The films were judged by members of the Academy, as well as college media professors.
Winning the prize for best Music Video was Today, by Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase & Bergen Johnson. The prize for best Editing went to Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero & Sho Schrock for their work on Hologram. Both films can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .
Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have frequently won Student Production Awards from the Academy in the five-state Northwest Region, but this is the first year that a national level of adjudication has been added. Also nominated at the national level was The Dragon’s Lair by PJ Hase, Jonny Cechony & Ellie Clarrissimeaux. It was nominated for best Short Form Fiction. The awards presentation can be viewed at https://livestream.com/tndv-television/StudentProductionAwards. For more information, visit http://emmyonline.com/nationalstudent .
All of Ballard’s honored productions had their premiere at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). The next BFF will be on Friday, February 10 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door. For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit www.bhsvideo.blogspot.com .
Posted by ML at 3:39 PM
Sunday, September 18, 2016
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced nominees for the National Student Production Awards. These nominees were selected from top prize winners at regional Emmy Awards ceremonies across the country last spring. Four productions by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program won top prizes in the five-state Northwest Region last June. Three of these have now been nominated at the national level.
Nominated for best Short Form Fiction is The Dragon’s Lair by PJ Hase, Jonny Cechony & Ellie Clarrissimeaux. Today by Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase and Bergen Johnson is nominated for best Music Video, and Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero & Sho Schrock are nominated for best Editor for their work on Hologram. All these productions can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .
The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented High School Awards of Excellence for years to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. This year, the Academy has added a national level to the competition. The awards presentation will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC at 12:30 pm (EST) on October 4. The event will be streamed live at https://livestream.com/tndv-television/StudentProductionAwards .
All of Ballard’s nominated productions had their premiere at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). The next BFF will be on Friday, February 10 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door.
Posted by ML at 3:30 PM