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BUCS wins Best Film at the DSBN Frames Competition 2019

Six dedicated BUCS students created an award winning short film in one day at the Frames Video Competition. 

Tyne and Jessica, two grade 9 videographers were, at first, intimidated by the scope of the competition. Jessica stated, “As niner minors, we felt we didn’t have enough experience. We felt overwhelmed by everyone being so much older than us.” Ms Lynett, student advisor, kept repeating, “Forget about it!” in encouragement.

Tyne said, “The experience was worrying at first. When we arrived at the competition, every school had large Mac computers set up and much more equipment than we had. But as the day went on, it became more fun because we became more confident in ourselves.”

The students were inspired by the advice of professional filmmaker, Thomas Reimer, who encouraged the contestants to come up with videos that had good stories with surprising plot twists. 

The experienced actors in the BUCS team brought so much to the production. Mrs. Tauro’s dramatic training and the actors innovative acting choices were evident throughout the video. Troy brought the humour and was extremely cooperative to work with. Caitlin’s acting really got the biggest laugh. Evalina was so great in her role and she also performed original music for the soundtrack. Natalee was very convincing as a confused character. She said, “It was fun. I got time management and leadership skills out of it. I was with my good friends; we we worked well together. Overall, I’d definitely do it again.”

Jessica found that editing the video was very stressful because she said she didn’t know what she was doing. But, she must have been doing something right. When the film was screened at the end of the day, the audience howled with laughter at all of the key moments.  “I was happy that everyone in the audience liked the idea and enjoyed the film. I was very relieved.”

Jessica reflected on the competition, “You’re going to fail a lot, but you’re also going to succeed. Don’t expect anything. Just live through it and you might win a big award just by having fun.”

The DSBN Frames competition is held annually at the Shaw Festival. Each competing school sends teams of up to 6 students who arrive at the competition not knowing what the theme of the competition will be. 

The prompt is announced on the morning of the competition. The teams then write, shoot, and edit a short video that must be completed by the early evening.  The videos are then screened for all of the participants. 

Special thanks to Eden teacher and competition co-organizer Eric Moccio who helmed this event along with the DSBN Arts Consultant, Jack Wieler. Both educators were instrumental in making this event the success that it was!