By Camryn Spencer
For the Troy Daily News
TROY — As many students recently prepared for prom, Troy High School Mass Communications students prepared to compete in the Wind Song Film Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Mass Communications students entered eight selections, with some students entering multiple video categories. Students Tim Hanna, Jackson Armstrong, and John Mohr came out on top with three awards.
Tim Hanna entered a hype video in the experimental film category and won second place and also entered a news story on the Trojan marching band and won first in the newscast category. John Mohr and Jackson Armstrong entered their music video titled “In Memoriam” that placed second in the music video category.
Last year was the first year that students entered content into the Wind Song Film Festival and Hanna placed second in the music video category.
“Winning was really humbling,” Hanna said. “It’s cool to think that out of all of the people that entered and competed, I produced one of the best.”
First time competitors Mohr and Armstrong learned how competing works in film festivals with their video where Mohr plays the organ to images of a brother struggling with the loss of his sibling in war.
“Mr. Owen helped us with submitting our content in the competition. Other than that we were on our own,” Armstrong said. “We had to find and fix every detail and see if we could improve on anything. Making sure that each shot seemed natural and flowed with the video, not too long or short and awkward.”
Students at THS are already preparing for next year’s competition and anybody who will be a first time competitor may need some advice.
“I would advise anyone competing next year to just be confident in your video. Always ask others for their opinion on your video and make changes if necessary. Sometimes you can’t catch something so minimal when you’re the only one watching it,” Hanna said.
Camryn Spencer is a sophomore at Troy High School