Saturday, October 13, 2018

ACADEMY NOMINATES BALLARD STUDENTS FOR NATIONAL PRODUCTION AWARDS


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has nominated students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for six National Student Production Awards.  Members of the Academy selected the nominees from regional winners produced by students throughout the nation. 

Altogether, nine productions by students in the Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska) were nominated for national awards.   

The awards will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Thursday, October 18 at noon, and will be hosted by television personality Tom Bergeron, star of AVC’s Dancing with the Stars.  You can view the presentation at https://www.facebook.com/TheEmmys .

Ballard’s nominations reflect the diverse skills students learn in the program.  These productions can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.  Here are Ballard’s national nominations by category. 

Best Short Form Fiction Film:
Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall

Best Short Form Non-Fiction Film:
On the Backs of Salmon by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller

Best Long Form Non-Fiction Film:
Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall

Best Editor:
Bottled Emotions, Editing by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall

Best Audio/Sound:
Paul, Dark, and Handsome, Audio by Cole Kastner

Best Writer:
Richard, Writing by Wylie Soltes

Friday, September 28, 2018

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SCREEN FILMS BY BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


 Erik Stone in Doubts

Five films by 15 students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been selected to screen at the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) in New York City.  This competitive festival receives entries from high school filmmakers throughout the country as well as other nations.  The event runs October 5-8 at the Center for Social Innovation, AMC Theatres Times Square, and the historic Kings Theater.

Prestigious judges such as screenwriter Diablo Cody, producer/screenwriter Carlton Cuse, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott selected the films.  Official Selections are eligible for prizes presented at the Teen Indie Awards at the conclusion of the festival. 

Below, by category, are the Official Selections produced by Ballard’s film students:

COMEDY
Paul, Dark and Handsome by Miles Andersen, Ellie Dynes, Cole Kastner & Jesse Romero

DOCUMENTARY
Oso Strong by Freeman Marshall & Maddie Lausted

DRAMA
Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase & Aidan Jereczek 
Doubts by Liam Bonds, Zach Boone & Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas

EXPERIMENTAL
City’scape by Jonathan Bowers, Brendan Hickey & Gracie Morris

Sunday, June 10, 2018

BHS FILMMAKERS WIN BIG AT THE NW EMMY AWARDS


Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won seven High School Awards of Excellence at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 9.  

Best Long Form Non-Fiction film went to Oso Strong, a documentary about the deadliest landslide in US history by Maddie Lausted and Freeman Marshall.  

Best Short Form Non-Fiction film went to On the Backs of Salmon, a project the students produced for IMAX that tells the story of the Elwha Dam removal.  It was produced by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller.  

Best Short Form Fiction film went to Bottled Emotions, by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall.  

Best Writer went to Wylie Soltes for his work on Richard, the story of a growing friendship between a mechanic and an alien.  

Best Audio/Sound went to Cole Kastner for his work on Paul, Dark & Handsome.  

In the category of best Photographer/Editor, there was a tie between two Ballard productions, so the award went to Bottled Emotions (photography and editing by Zach Boone, editing by PJ Hase, Aiden Jereczek & Bailey Wall) and to City’scape (photography and editing by Brendan Hickey, Jonathan Bowers & Gracie Morris).  This is the seventh year in a row that Ballard students have won the award for best Photographer/Editor.

Many of the winners are can be screened on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo site at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presents High School Awards of Excellence to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  Professional members of the Academy select the nominees and winners.  

New productions by students in Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program will premiere at the Ballard Film Festival on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.      

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DON'T MISS THE BALLARD FILM FESTIVAL


Everyone is invited to a screening of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.  The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) will be on Saturday, June 16 at 7:00 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.  The screening will feature short comedies and dramas as well as Public Service Announcements and a few music videos.  (Click here to screen the festival promo.)  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.  All proceeds benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program.

Past films that had their premiere at the BFF have gone on to honors from prestigious national and international film festivals, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Many of these can now be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

BALLARD FILMMAKERS’ DOCUMENTARY FOR IMAX WILL PREMIERE AT SIFF


The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Building Solutions, a short documentary produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program, is an Official Selection.  The film will be screened as part of FutureWave Shorts – a SIFF program that highlights the best films from around the world created by filmmakers aged 18 and under. 

In the fall of 2016, representatives of IMAX, working with the All American High School Film Festival in New York, selected the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program to produce two short documentaries on environmental issues.  The goal was to encourage film students to use their talents to promote the environmental agenda of the United Nations.  Ballard’s filmmakers searched for compelling topics for this project.  One story that drew their attention was the development of the Living Building Challenge and the creation of the greenest commercial building in the world - the Bullitt Center in Seattle.  The result was Building Solutions.  The film was created by BHS Digital Film students Jonathan Bowers, Krystelle Kurz, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leake, Elliott Atkinson and Annabelle Bowman-Mohn. 

The FutureWave Shorts will screen at 3pm on Monday, May 28 at the SIFF Uptown Cinema.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.SIFF.net.  

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

ACADEMY HONORS BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS WITH 19 NOMINATIONS


The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence.  Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned 19 nominations.  These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals.  The winners will be announced on June 9 at the 55th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.  

Ballard’s nominations span eight categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program.  In the categories of best Writer and best Audio/Sound, every production nominated was by Ballard's film students.  This is the twelfth year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy.  Last year they received 17 nominations.  

All the nominated productions had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF).  This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester.  The next BFF will be Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.  

News of these nominations comes on the heels of big wins at the Northwest High School Film Festival, held May 2, where the Ballard Filmmaking Program students led the pack of winners with 13 awards and honors across six different categories.  One of the Ballard films nominated by NATAS - the short documentary Building Solutions - will also be featured at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 28 at 3 pm at SIFF Uptown Cinema.

Here's the list of NATAS nominations by category.  (Many of these productions can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.) 

Best Short Form Fiction:
Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall
Paul,Dark, and Handsome by Ellie Dynes, Jesse Romero, Miles Anderson & Cole Kastner
Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril

Best Short Form Non-Fiction:
Building Solutions by Krystelle Kurz, Jonathan Bowers, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leake & Annabelle Bowman-Mohn
Onthe Backs of Salmon by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller

Best Long Form Non-Fiction:
Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall

Best Public Service Announcement:
Stay Sharp by Claire Kilkenny, Hannah Weaver & Wylie Soltes

Best Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
Building Solutions by Krystelle Kurz, Jonathan Bowers, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leake & Annabelle Bowman-Mohn
Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril

Best Audio/Sound
Paul,Dark, and Handsome by Ellie Dynes, Jesse Romero, Miles Anderson & Cole Kastner
Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril

Best Photographer/Editor:
BottledEmotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall
City’scape by Brendan Hickey, Jonathan Bowers & Gracie Morris 
Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall
Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril
Superman’s Superman by Nick Fay, Braiden Hayes, Ivan Lodefink, Freeman Marshall & Arturo Rodriguez

Best Writer
Onthe Backs of Salmon by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller
Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall
Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS BHS FILMMAKERS


Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners at the Northwest High School Film Festival on May 1, claiming thirteen awards and honors across six different categories at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle.  Currently in its 20th year, the NWHSFF is the largest and longest running festival in the Puget Sound region exclusively for high school filmmakers.  Hundreds of students from twenty-two high schools competed for awards in twelve different production categories.

Ballard students also won two of the four competitive scholarships presented at the event.  Skala Leake (’18) won the J-Dogg Scholarship, a $7,000 per year award that she can apply at the college of her choice.  She’ll be studying film at Columbia College of Chicago – a program ranked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the best in the nation.  Veronica Redpath (’18) was one of only two filmmakers awarded a scholarship to The Prodigy Camp – an intensive week-long filmmaking workshop attended by gifted filmmakers from all over the world.         

The festival was judged by a panel of industry professionals and college media professors.  It was organized by the Media Educators for Excellence Team (MEET), an inter-district organization of high school media production teachers.  Sponsors included the Seattle Film Institute, The Studio School of Los Angeles, WashingtonState University, Central Washington University, Montana State University, the Cinerama Theatre, and Vulcan Enterprises. 

All the awarded productions from BHS had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF).  This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester.  The next BFF will be Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.
 
Here are Ballard’s Northwest High School Film Festival winners by category.  (Many of these can now be screened on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program's vimeo site.)

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Comedic Narrative
  Paul, Dark, and Handsome
  Ellie Dynes, Jesse Romero, Miles Anderson & Cole Kastner

  Richard
  Wylie Soltes, Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas & Aaron Mamaril


Commercial
  Let There be Bacon
  Ellie Dynes, Alec Gabbert & Julian Whitworth

  Your Neighborhood Bookstore
  Jasper Swift, Caleb Flynn & Naomi Glunz


Documentary
  On the Backs of Salmon
  Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Martin Bolivar, Aaron Miller, Chris Barrett, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall


Dramatic Narrative
  Bottled Emotions
  Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aiden Jereczek & Bailey Wall


Public Service Announcement
   Locked Doors
   Drew Hedlund, Calvin Johnson & Sandro Rios

  TB Time Bomb
  Casey Chamberlain, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Elliott Russell


Satire/Mockumentary/Parody
  Road Trip Week
  Ethan Hawthorne & Jessica Lueck


HONORABLE MENTIONS

Commercial
  Truth Bar
  Aven Fay, Liam Bonds & Zach Boone

  How to Lime
  Martin Bolivar, Krystelle Kurz & Caroline Lavallee  


Documentary                 
  Building Solutions
  Krystelle Kurz, Jonathan Bowers, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leak, Elliott Atkinson & Annabelle Bowman-Mohn


Dramatic Narrative
  I’ll Be There
  Veronica Redpath, Maureen Brown & Claude Brun