Sunday, June 12, 2016

TreeStory Update!


Filmmaker Ward Serrill (Heart of the Game, Song of the New Earth) is currently raising funds for his new project, TreeStory.  “Everywhere I have lived… I have always gravitated towards one particular tree in the area and start what feels like a friendship with it.  When I mentioned this to people, I was surprised to hear that many people have relationships with special trees in their lives.  So I thought, perhaps I can make a film series that tells some of these stories, that shows people’s devotion to trees.”

Ward has been a continual source of inspiration and support for students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program, visiting classes to share his insights on filmmaking as well as his films.  In addition to promoting environmental awareness, TreeStory has become an opportunity for Ballard film students to work with professionals.  Ward has been a great mentor. 

To learn more about the campaign to support TreeStory, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/what-s-your-treestory-campaign/x/1638727#/ .

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

BHS FILMMAKERS WIN BIG AT NORTHWEST EMMY AWARDS


Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won four High School Awards of Excellence at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 4.  Jonny Cechony, Ellie Clarrissimeaux, and PJ Hase won the Short Form Fiction award for their film The Dragon’s Lair.  The Public Service Announcement award went to Elliott Atkinson, Cyrus Ogle and Bailey Wall for Protect Your Hearing.  The students had produced this project for Seattle’s Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center.  The Music Video prize went to Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase and Bergen Johnson for Today, and Best Photographer/Editor went to Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero and Sho Schrock for Hologram.  Students from the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners, winning every category in which they had been nominated.  (They had received 13 nominations across the four categories.)  This is the tenth year in a row that Ballard students have been winners at the event, and the fifth straight year they have won the award for Photographer/Editor.        

The Northwest Chapter of theNational 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.  The work is adjudicated by Academy members throughout the five-state region. 

Some of the winning productions will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival this Saturday, June 11 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door.  To see recent work from the program, visit www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .

Sunday, May 15, 2016

DON'T MISS NEW SHORTS BY BALLARD'S AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS!


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 Friday, June 3 or Saturday, June 11 at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.  The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, documentaries, news features, and a music video.  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.  To screen the festival promo, visit www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram/BFFpromo .

Films that first screen at the BFF routinely win honors at prestigious national and international film festivals and awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Six of the productions to be screened this spring have already been nominated for High School Awards of Excellence.  The envelopes will be opened, and the winners announced, at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 4.

The BFF will also be the Ballard premiere of Voices, a music video that was an Official Selection of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the CineYouth Film Festival (a program of the Chicago International Film Festival).  In addition, on June 3, C-SPAN will be present to present Leo Pfeifer with 2nd Prize in their StudentCam Competition, and filmmaker Ward Serrill will be speaking on June 11.  

Funds raised will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program.  Students in the program regularly travel to Los Angeles to tour college schools of film and television, visit program alumni enrolled in these colleges or working in the industry, and meet with film and television professionals.  Students have visited Jason Cahill (Writers Guild of America Award winner for The Sopranos) to discuss screenwriting, and Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Powloski (Breaking Bad) to discuss visual effects.  Ticket sales and donations will make these trips possible for all accepted students and also provide additional production equipment.



Sunday, May 08, 2016

BALLARD FILM STUDENTS WIN BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Big Coat, a music video by Jaya Flanary, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer, won Best Music Video in the junior division at the CineYouth Awards on Saturday night, May 7, at Columbia College Chicago.  CineYouth is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival.  This annual film showcase celebrates shorts by filmmakers 22 and younger from around the world.  As winner of the prize for Best Music Video, Big Coat will be screened in the CineYouth “Best of the Fest” at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival next October.

Monday, May 02, 2016

BALLARD FILMS TO SCREEN AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Two productions by nine students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been chosen for screening this weekend at CineYouth – the Chicago International Film Festival’s showcase for shorts by filmmakers 22 and younger from around the world. 

Both are music videos.  Voices (by Jonathan Bowers, Aurore Bouriot, Brian Cropp, and Jake Rehfeldt) depicts a high school student hemmed in by conformity.  Big Coat (by Jaya Flanary, Duncan Gowdy, and Leo Pfeifer) charts the changes brought about by the presence – and absence – of romance.  Both films will be screened at the 12th annual event in Chicago, May 5 – 7. 

Voices will also be screened at the Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 3 or Saturday, June 11 in the Ballard High School auditorium at 7 pm.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ACADEMY NOMINATES BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS

The Northwest Chapter of theNational Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence.  These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals.  Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned thirteen nominations, more than twice the number of any other school or organization in the five-state region.  The winners will be announced on June 4 at the 53rd Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.  

Ballard’s nominations span four categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program.  These are the nominations by category. 

Short Form Fiction:
Anne by Jaya Flanary, Meagen Tajalle & Rachel Cole

The Dragon’s Lair by PJ Hase, Jonny Cechony & Ellie Clarrissimeaux

Green Space by Jonny Cechony

My Hero by Cecilia O’Rollins, Gabriella Strommen, Olga Schultheis & David Knobloauch

Who’s Afraid of the Dark? by Bergen Johnson, Cameron Miller & Sierra Santoro


Music Video:
Big Coat by Jaya Flanary, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer

Josephine by Duncan Kastner, Aaron Miller, Grant Moffett & Kajsa Woolford

Today by Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase & Bergen Johnson

Voices by Aurore Bouriot, Jonathan Bowers, Brian Cropp & Jake Rehfeldt


Public Service Announcement:
I’m an Artist by Martin Bolivar, Jonny Cechony & Evan Wallace

Protect Your Hearing by Elliott Atkinson, Cyrus Ogle & Bailey Wall

What Lies Ahead by Jaya Flanary, Meagen Tajalle & Grace Turnell


Photographer/Editor:
Hologram by Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero & Sho Schrock

This makes the tenth year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy.  Last year they received 11 nominations. 

Some of the nominated productions will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 11th at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.