Hey everyone! This week’s free write is about STN! I will post the “Aloha Atlanta” video that Hiki No produced, of our class last year at STN so you can see what STN is like for those that haven’t been there. Nikki from PBS came to STN with our class to film the competition. She followed us around when we were competing to capture the moments shared at STN. Nikki did a wonderful job and I wish she could always come! I will be talking about all of the categories and giving brief summaries about each. We do actually have a new competition this year and that is silent film. We still need to learn more about this competition.
STN is a four day competition. The first competition is Crazy 8’s. The only categories we enter for Crazy 8’s are short film and news magazine. For short film, they give you eight hours to produce a short film on a topic that they give you. They also give you a prop that you have to use in your film, it doesn’t have to be the main prop but it has to be visible. As for news magazine, you have eight hours to go out and find stories that match the topic that they give you. So it’s many different news story segments that you put int one video with anchors.
After Crazy 8’s you have the many other individual contests which is like the “main” part of STN. The first day of the competition last year were the categories, convention recap, nat package, spot feature, and music video. First, I want to talk about convention recap. Convention recap is the only competition that you compete everyday. This competition reviews the whole convention. You are allowed to film and edit all of the days of the competition. On the second day of the competition is when you turn in the video. Last year the students stayed up really late some nights editing and sometimes had to miss some of the activities to finish the video. Spot feature is the contest I was in last year and you basically have 2 hours to film and 3 hours to edit a news story. Of course there is a topic though. Nat sound is very similar to spot feature but you just aren’t allowed to have any reporters. That means no stand ups, and no voiceover. music video is pretty self explanatory. I’m not sure how much time you have for this competition, but you are basically given a song and you have to create a music video for that song. While we are competing the other students in our class that don’t have their competitions are at breakout sessions.
Day 2 of the competition was for anchoring, PSA, movie trailer, and convention recap. For the anchoring category, you are given 3 hours and a bunch of information that you have to make into scripts. Then, you take those scripts and try to do a perfect take without messing up. PSA stands for public service announcement and you have to make a PSA with a given topic and I’m not sure how long you get to create it. Movie trailer, is also pretty self explanatory. They give you a title and you have to make a movie trailer based of off it.
These are all the contest categories that we entered for STN last year. If you are a new student, I hope you have a better understanding of the competition. I am hoping to get into the Crazy 8’s Short Film category again this year. I am already on spot feature because I was on it last year and if you were on in 6th grade you stay on it till 8th grade so you can teach the other students that are coming into that category. If I could choose another category to be in I would sign up for convention recap because it looks fun! Thanks for reading! I will post a link to the Hiki No website below so you can check out the video and a link to my STN blogs! Bye!