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Jul 19, 2011

High school students show talent with short film productions

SMART’s generosity extended to the creative arts today. Along with the Belize Bank, they sponsored awards for both the Belize International Film Festival and the Belize Audio Visual’s high school video Competition.  According to SMART representatives, they will sponsor each winning entry to be aired throughout the week.  News Five spoke to BAVIA’s Open, Music Video and Commercial winning entries.

Shelby Castillo, Winner of BAVIA 5 Minute “Open Category” Video Competition

“I won for the three to five minutes short video on anything segment.”

Jose Sanchez

“What did you actually do? What’s your medium?”

Shelby Castillo

Shelby Castillo

“Animation created using computer.”

Jose Sanchez

“Not many people know how to do animation. How did you learn to do animation?”

Shelby Castillo

“Well I used to draw a lot when I was little. From then until now I use this new software when this competition began.”

Jose Sanchez

“So what can we see in your animation?”

Shelby Castillo

“A boy dreaming about going up into space and accomplishing thing at the end.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you’re just like that boy because you dreamt of winning right?”

Shelby Castillo

“Yes.”

Jose Barriera

Kevin Berganza, Winner, BAVIA Music Video Competition

“I made up the rifts and drums and everything and edited the drums and put together and then just make it a song.”

Jose Barriera

“Like he said, he made up the rift and the drums and I just played it.”

Jose Sanchez

“So how you guys feel for winning?”

Jose Barriera

“We feel very excited.”

Carole Cui, Winner, BAVIA Commercial Video Competition

“We did a Smart commercial and we did different ideas—we did this hospital scene and we did this shot in front of smart.”

Jose Sanchez

“Who was you partner and what did you each contribute?”

Carole Cui

“My partner is Orton Babb. He is the one who followed the person to shoot for us, the cameraman. I did all the phone calls to try to get to use the hospital. We did the ideas together, we did the script together and we got helped from our friends too. This is my first time.”

Jose Sanchez

Carole Cui

“How does it feel for winning?”

Carole Cui

“Really good. At first it was really hard. I was gonna give up on it, but my partner wanted to continue doing it so.”

Jose Sanchez

“Do you think you wanna make more commercials in the future/”

Carole Cui

“Maybe.”

Sandra Moguel

Sandra Moguel, Secretary, BAVIA

“The significance of the competition is to see what is out there—for us to know what we should offer as the association to these young students who are coming up in this industry. The videos that we received were very impressive. We had a hard time deciding who the winner or winners in each category would be. We had some assistance from some international filmmakers and even they were really impressed with what we received. But in the end, after hours of deliberation, we had to come up with a winner.”

Jose Sanchez

“When you see things like animation, you see the talent in music, what can you do to help them improve?”

Sandra Moguel

“As the association, especially when it comes to animation—I mean the video that we have received in animation—it was really stunning. As the association, there are software that we can help them with, there are training that we could offer to develop their skills and there are other stuff that we offer to the students and we encourage them to join the association and that way they keep in touch with all the services that we offer.”

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