April 28, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS to WPSD Media Students Emily Bach, Michael Pryor and Alex Russo and to their teachers Brian Slavinsky and Julie Ann Mountain. Their Rain Barrel Project Video won GRAND PRIZE out of 29 schools at the Seventh Annual C.A.U.S.E. Challenge High School Film Festival presented by Bayer Corp., Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Filmmakers on Apr. 28, 2011. Grand prize includes $1,000 plus video equipment for the school and also $1,500 to support the school’s media and science programs.

Created by WPSD’s high school Film Production class, this video clip highlights the “WPSD Rain Barrel Project,” the goal of which is to help clean up the Nine-mile Run watershed.  This cross-curriculum project between the video and science departments was conducted through a partnership with the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association.

This movie clip also won the “Best of Category” award in the Magazine competition at the 2011 Television and Video Teachers (TVT) Consortium Student Video Festival at Robert Morris University on April 13th.  Twenty-six schools in the tri-state area submitted videos that were judged by industry and academic professionals from Robert Morris University and the Pittsburgh area. Each submission was scored using several criteria, including the use of storyboards and scripts, the quality of camera and editing work, lighting, audio, creativity and video impact.

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