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Westchase Filmmaking Teens Recognized

Two Westchase teens were recently recognized for their stellar filmmaking.

Westchase residents Jackson Ring and Cole Blaskovich, along with Blake High School classmates Eva Erhardt and Bella Morley, won second place for their music video in the Student Television Network (STN) Video Challenge.

High school and middle school students from schools across the country competed in the challenge. Students chose from eight different categories and had six days to write, shoot and edit a short video. For the music video category all teams were assigned the same song, Neverending Mess, by The State of How.

“We chose the music video entry because we’ve had a lot of fun and success with that genre in the past few years,” Jackson said. “Cole did the majority of the cinematography. We all pitched in for planning and pre-production. Bella and I acted and Eva and I edited the final project.”

Jackson added, “I would say about 12 hours were spent shooting (six per day) over the weekend, and a good four or five hours went into editing.”

The team did the majority of their filming at Jackson’s home and at Pin Chasers on Hillsborough Avenue, where, Jackson said, the team faced a bit of an unexpected challenge. “The hardest part of the project was shooting at a crowded bowling alley, which, to our surprise, had a huge tournament going on that day,” he said. “Between plugging in lights behind arcade machines and walking in between lanes, we probably annoyed a lot of people.”

Everyone on the team is enrolled in Blake High School’s TV/Film program, and had entered videos in previous years’ contests, but this is the first time a team from Blake has won the highly competitive competition.

You can see the video on the STN website, https://www.studenttelevision.com/contests/challenges.htm or on You Tube, https://youtu.be/aJ_QNgdv8fU

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By Marcy Sanford

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