“We will, we will ROCK YOU”

I was not prepared for the energy level at iYouth Fusion Fest’s final judging last Saturday night, a part of channelAustin’s teen filmmakers annual boot camp.  The speakers boomed with motivational songs from before the young filmmakers were born, and the live audience, despite their size, filled the studio with laughter and applause.  The two teen filmmaking teams, Down to Film and Shoot for the Stars, worked long caffeine driven hours for one week producing, shooting and editing their own short films.  During the weeklong boot camp the talented teens worked alongside veteran experts in the film industry; Elizabeth Avellán , Kat Candler, Andrew Bujalski, and Keefe Boerner.  I was privileged enough to view the final products and even put in my two cents on the final judging.

Shoot for the Star behind the scenes. Photo courtesy of channelAustin

 Down to Film, the winners of the boot camp and the $1,000 prize were first with their short film Stupid Love. It was all about the flippant angst of a young man in love.  The film recalls the days when a simple hand holding, a walk through the park, or a snuggle on the couch could make us fall deeply into an undying love.  Down to Film captured the rollercoaster called love with a comedic twist.

Down to Film. Photo courtesy of channelAustin

Runners up, Shoot for the Stars, taught us all a lesson about Karma with short film Get What You Give.  The film followed two young ladies, one who donated money to a musician in need while the other threw her trash to the said musician; both who reaped what they sowed.  Shoot for the Stars kept the comedy coming, much to the audiences appeal.

Shoot For the Stars. Photo courtesy of channelAustin

While the live audience and televised viewer audience voted, the two filmmaker crews exuberantly sang, stomped, and clapped to “We Will, We Will Rock You”, sending me into a laughter that made me forget to turn in my ballot!  The crew obligingly sang another round.

Even as an outsider, the energy in the studio was a dead giveaway of the fun the two teams had throughout the week.  While there was a winner and a runner up, the excitement of the week could be seen on all the teens’ faces.  I am excited for next year.

Check out channelAustin’s iYouth media page for upcoming info to register for next year’s Fusion Fest Boot camp as well as other camps and programs for teens!

Be sure to check out iYouth Media’s latest project!  This last Tuesday June 19th  the Juneteenth Historical Parade aired live and in the channelAustin studio.

For the fourth year, channelAustin and a group of talented teens from The African Men and Boys Harvest Foundation  took the annual Junenteenth Historical Parade beyond East Austin and into homes across Central Texas. Celebrating the arrival of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, the Juneteenth Historical Parade was cablecasted live from channelAustin plus simulcast live in partnership with KLRU Q and brought to you by teens with the Juneteenth Camp.

Juneteenth Camp put the production power in the hands of youth from the African American Men and Boys Harvest Foundation. These campers experienced three days of hands-on training with fully digital, high-def equipment that trained them to produce the live show on Parade Day.

See the channelAustin Facebook page to view the live taped show.

Blog by Katie


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