Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Underage Drinking is Illegal…and Just Plain Dangerous.
This text appears at the end of a 28-second video created by Mt. Washington Middle School students Cambren Joiner, Davis Kromenacker and Jaydon Sanders.
Before the message, the camera follows the trio as they lift bright red Solo cups to their lips, stagger to a car and start the ignition.
For their efforts behind the camera, the students were honored at a recent ceremony sponsored by Seven Counties Services.
Party Gone Wrong was named Second Runner Up in Cinematography at the 2014 REEL ACTION Video Awards at Baxter Avenue Theatres.
“This is awesome,” exclaimed Cambren as he, Davis and Jaydon, accompanied by MWMS Technology Teacher, walked onto the stage to accept their awards.
Their work was among dozens submitted by Louisville area middle and high schools depicting the dangers of underage drinking. The REEL ACTION Video Competition accepts 30-second student created videos with certificates and trophies similar to Academy Awards.
Baxter Avenue Theatre annually ‘donates’ a theatre for all student videos to be presented on a big screen. Ceremony organizers deck out the venue with Hollywood imagery and a huge star made of white balloons.
“It feels special to be recognized,” Jaydon said. Despite the seriousness of the message, all three youths enjoyed the video making process.
“I learned it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make even a short video,” he said.
Davis, who is described by friends and teachers as always smiling, said he liked being involved in all facets of filmmaking.
“This may be something I want to do in life,” he said.
Cambren did most of the editing and said it is more challenging than it looks when you start putting individual images together to make a coherent story.
"You want people to remember the main message of the story,” he said.
Cambren wants to return to next year’s video awards as an eighth grader and earn another prize.
“My goal is for Best Picture,” he smiled.
Weather played an unwelcome starring role in this year’s competition. Murphy worked with the trio as they wrote, filmed and edited the video on days when school was in session.
“It turned into a small challenge because of all the snow days,” Murphy said. “We literally got the video entered just in time.”
The original awards ceremony on March 2nd had to be rescheduled due to an ice storm.
“That is the first time that has ever happened in the history of the REEL ACTION awards ceremony,” said Charna Lockett, Regional Prevention Center of Seven Counties Services, Inc.
Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working to make the district the leader in educational excellence.