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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILM STUDENTS GO HOLLYWOOD


During the second week in March, a dozen students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program travelled to Los Angeles to visit college film and television programs, catch up with program alumni, tour the industry, and meet with professional filmmakers.  The trip included Chapman University, EmersonCollege, Loyola Marymount University, and the University of Southern California – all colleges ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as among the best film schools in the country. 

In addition to official tours, the students received the inside scoop from recent graduates of the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program who are currently enrolled, or have studied, at these colleges.  Sophie DeGreen (’16) and Sho Schrock (’16) are both attending Chapman University.  Sophie is majoring in Film Production, and Sho, Creative Producing.  Lorenzo Rossi (BHS ’14) is currently at the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College.  The program allows film majors to work an internship in the film industry as they complete their degree.  At Loyola Marymount students met with Matt Law-Phipps (BHS ’10, LMU ‘15).  Matt has a production business in Los Angeles and moonlights as an actor.  (You can see him currently as Kendrick in The Payne’s on the Oprah Winfrey Network.)  The students met with Rikke Heinecke (BHS ’11, USC ‘15) at the University of Southern California.  Rikke is currently producing music videos for major artists such as Justin Bieber and The Chainsmokers.    

The students also toured Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, and attended a live multi-camera shoot of a television episode (Mom, with Allison Janney).  They also met with industry professionals to discuss their craft and careers.  On the itinerary were writer/producer Jason Cahill (Writers Guild of America award winner for The Sopranos) in addition to BHS Digital Filmmaking Program alumni such as writer Brendan McCarthy (BHS ’04, NYU ’07) – nominated this year for a Writers’ Guild of America award for his work on Grace and Frankie – production manager Mixtli Zavaleta (BHS ’07, UW-Seattle ’11), and writer/director Jesse Harris (BHS ’04).  Harris’s second feature, Borrego, is currently in development.  


Sunday, March 04, 2018

BALLARD FILMMAKERS HONORED AT SHORELINE SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL


 
 
Zach Boone and Bailey Wall received the
"Golden Sasquatch" for Best Student Film

 The Shoreline Short Shorts Film Festival (SSSFF) presented the prize for Best Student Film to students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program last night at Shoreline Community College.  Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall won the award for their film Bottled Emotions.  The short concerns a man with the magical ability to steal and bottle other people’s emotions.  Another short by Ballard film students, I’ll be There by Maureen Brown, Claude Brun and Veronica Redpath, was also an Official Selection at the festival.  

The festival accepts work from professional filmmakers as well as college and high school students throughout Washington.  From 91 films submitted, only 14 were selected for the festival. This is the second annual event, and the second year in a row that students from Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program have been prize-winners at the festival.  

Both shorts can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program's vimeo page.
 

Monday, February 26, 2018

MORE HONORS FOR BALLARD'S DIGITAL FILMMAKING STUDENTS


Continuing their winning streak since fall, students in Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program scored two more awards for their work.  The documentary 9066 by Nolan Baker, Maya Konz, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford was named a CINE Golden Eagle Finalist for Youth Documentary.  The student producers were invited to a CINE Celebrates reception in New York.    

The Golden Eagle awards honor excellence in media production through criteria focused on storytelling, originality, and meeting the needs of the intended audience.  For six decades, the Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE) has recognized and encouraged new talent while honoring the achievements of established media makers.  Their honorary board of directors includes such luminaries as Ken Burns, Bill Moyers, and Steven Spielberg.  

Also during the fall semester, City’Scape by Jonathan Bowers, Brendan Hickey, and Gracie Morris won 2nd Prize in the Experimental category at the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival.  Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound led the jury for the Experimental category.

Both productions can be seen on our vimeo site at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram. .