4 full days of pure filmmaking and competitions! That is what STN is all about! This years STN theme was Capture the Moment. This year, I was on the film team for the New Crazy Eights competition! From 8 to 4pm, we had to write, shoot, and edit a film based on a given title and prop. This years title was A Buck Short and the prop was a fake one dollar bill. I can tell you that the day of Crazy 8’s was a very intense and exciting day. You can check out our film down below. It was 3:50 and we were finally walking over to the entry booth to turn in our videos. I have never been so happy in my life! I was really excited to turn in my video. It was the longest 8 hours of my life and I was just dead. 1 day down, 3 more to go. The next day, we had our Spot Feature competition. We were given the topic An Unconventional Approach. We decided to do our story about the Kiss Statue and all of the views people have of it. Honestly, I didn't feel to good about the story but Kaden and Kolten felt good about it so I just had to trust them. We had a slow start but we finally picked up pace. It was 20 minutes before editing time and we are running to the hotel, trying to get there in time to do voice overs. Luckily we made it to the editing room on time. We edited the video and sat next to the Kauai High students and exported our videos. We went to the entry booth and turned in our videos. And that was it...I was done with all competitions and all stress! All those long practice hours have payed off. Now it was time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the breakout sessions. I learned a lot of new things at the breakout sessions and even got to see the new documentary, The Safe Zone. That night, we also had the STN party! Parties aren't really my thing, but I really had fun that night. I might have looked a little weird dancing but at least it was fun! The next day was the Closing Ceremony! And as most of you have heard, Spot Feature won 1st place and our Film got Honorable mention! I was very proud of my team and I really believed that we pulled through. PSA also won 3rd place and the Broadcast team also won Honorable Mention! Overall, Hawaii did very well at the convention. Especially with the STN Recap. Even though I got very frustrated at points, I would do it all over again!
We also got to meet up with our Pen Pals from Castaic! Sadly, this year, my pen pal didn't come on the trip. However, I still got to make new friends with the other students. We first met up with them on the 4th floor of the Grand Hyatt Manchester and we hung around the firepit and got to know each other. I thought we were planned to have s'mores with them but I guess that changed. I decided to hang out with my old pen pal and Micah and Dalson's pen pal. That night I talked to Chris, Dylan,Christian, and JC. Out of all the boy things we could have talked about, we decided to talk about what colleges we were gonna go to. I told them that I was interested in USC, but most of them told me that UCLA was the better choice. I guess i’ll have to do some research about it. We also met at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I got to make more friends from Castaic this year. I am still in touch with a couple of them. I thought that it was really cool meeting other people who share the same interest in filmmaking. I remember talking to Dylan and we were just talking about his short film, Dreaming. Talking about all things film! Sadly this was my last year getting to see them but maybe i'll see them in high school at STN!
Another highlight of the trip was the college tours. We got to visit two colleges. University of Southern California and San Diego State University. I really enjoyed both schools. The first school we went to was USC. Even though the outside of the schools have an olden day look, the insides are very modern. The part of the tour that really caught my eye was the USC Annenberg: School of Communication and Journalism. Walking into that building made you feel like you were in some high tech media lab. And it was a high tech media lab! A very tall and huge TV screen greeted you as you walked into the front door. Live news stations were being played in different sections of the screen. We then walk into a room with all these computers and even more TV screens. They showed us all these cool newsrooms and control rooms! I thought that USC was really cool! We then went to San Diego State and looked at their journalism and media classes. The professor giving us the tour was very energetic and had a very exciting and funny personality. We walked into their media lab and THEY HAD ROLLY CHAIRS! They were orange and they looked very cool! The professor explained to us how students learn better when they are able to move. We even got to see their residence halls where students live when they attend college there. I thought that San Diego State was a very good college!
Overall, I really enjoyed the trip! This was by far the most fun and memorable trip! I got closer to a lot of my classmates and I strengthened current friendships! The whole STN convention, making new friends and meeting old ones, and getting a chance to see what our future education might be like...thats is what made this trip special! Hopefully I will be able to come back to STN in high school! Until next time bye!