Top Student Filmmakers Recognized at Annual Film Festival

Posted: May 5, 2017

Blair filmmakers screened their best works of the year at the School’s Annual Film Festival, held May 4 in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre. Audience members were treated to a variety of genres, including music video, animation and video game simulation, and awards were presented to recognize students’ outstanding filmmaking accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year.

Video studies teacher Wendy Schiller was especially pleased with the range of filmmaking techniques showcased at the Film Festival. “Some of the films, like Jason Pan ’18’s drone-shot crew video, involved significant technical skills, while others, including several dramas created by English classes in conjunction with their reading of Great Expectations, were more project based,” she said. But no matter what topic or technique the films featured, Ms. Schiller noted that each finished product was a testament to the filmmakers’ organizational skills, their ability to “see” a subject and the time they invested in the creation of their works.

After all the films were screened, including some that had been previously shown at last December’s Fall Film Festival, Ms. Schiller announced the year’s winners: Jason won the Best Cinematography award for Blair Academy Crew Team; Aidan Riano ’20 and Elise Sigety ’20 shared the Best Editing award for Funkie Phil; and Spencer Quinn ’18 won the Strongest Concept award for Ryan Pagotto.

“Judging artwork is so subjective, but it’s important to try to denote a few films that stand out for specific reasons,” Ms. Schiller said, underlining that in a community as creative and talented as Blair’s, there will never be a ‘most creative’ award. “Each winning film was the student’s best work of the year and clearly represented how much he or she had grown as an artist. An element of real-world sensibility figured into the awards, too,” she added. “These films could certainly hold their own outside our campus and community.”

Last Updated: May 15, 2017