Spring 2013 Storytelling Award

A national panel of judges screened the entries and forwarded their nominations to the ASB Core Staff (none of whom had any connections to any of the entries) who, after careful review and discussion, made the final selections for the ASB Storytelling Award.

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"Elijah Henderson" 

Blue Valley Northwest, Overland Park, KS
Students: Andrew Swailes, Kaitlyn Styve
Adviser: Kim White
Link to Story: https://vimeo.com/59603356

Why it won: “Elijah Henderson” featured a strong and engaging character in Elijah’s mom who articulately and movingly introduced us to his miracle life. A strong story structure of beginning, middle, and end, in both writing and sequencing. Numerous essential still photos of Elijah’s early life were incorporated with superb use of matching action shots with audio and excellent wide, medium, and tight framing. The most dramatic moment was the jaw-dropping reveal halfway through the story that was triggered with, “The hospital is shaken…” Perfect set-up and timing for a reveal that you never see coming. And it is the moment that Elijah’s story transitions from human interest to one that is impacting the arena of medical protocol, ethics, and decision-making. 

 

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"Changing Identity"

Decatur High School, Decatur, GA
Students: Mary Adams, Jordan Dillard
Adviser: Jon Reese
Link to Story: https://vimeo.com/55805963#at=0

Why it won: “Changing Identity” superbly models the “In Their Own Words” style of storytelling. Noah, a transgender teen, along with his parents, are masterfully sequenced with exceptional audio and video pacing. The opening sequence grabs your attention as the central character shares his perspective in a relaxed setting with softened lighting. Excellent b-roll is incorporated throughout, including several “WALLDO” shots. The nat sound of crunching leaves, the wind, the dog barking, the toaster, the clink of a knife on a jelly jar, and the wind chimes are balanced with the aptly selected music track. This story emanates and epitomizes courage from both the story sources and the storytellers.

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"Coach Olson Suspension"

Mria Coasta High School, Manhattan Beach, CA
Students: Matt Campbell, Robert McMahon
Adviser: Michael Hernandez
Link to Story: http://mustangmorningnews.com/coach-olson-suspension/

Why it won: What do you do if baseball parents demand the school board dismiss your head baseball coach? Typically, anything involving personnel issues on a campus is impossible to cover or is immediately shot down in a pitch meeting. Fortunately, the best of objective journalism is exemplified in the “Coach Olson Suspension” story. It is balanced, well-written, well-voiced, and it is NEWS. Any discipline of a teacher/coach is sensitive stuff, so kudos to the reporting team for securing the trust of the coach, the principal, and the players to do on-camera interviews. The interviews are well-lit, well-framed, and the audio is clear and balanced. There is a vast abundance of crucial and essential nat sound throughout, including the frequent “crack” and “dink” you expect to hear in a baseball story. And, thankfully, there is no added music telling us how to feel. Also, a reporter stand-up is not missed, because it was simply not needed. Great decision-making. There is excellent b-roll variety with superb framing and wide, medium, tight sequencing, including some terrific “WALLDO” shots. The final edited bites from the principal and the coach provide the perfect conclusion of perspectives going forward and what comes next. Outstanding.

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Brandon Goodwin

Based in Springfield, Missouri, his video production work has taken him to four continents, a dozen countries and well over half the United States. Brandon has a decade's experience collaborating on projects of all shapes and sizes with a variety of clients, including record labels, non-profits, and advertising agencies. Recently Brandon worked as DP & Editor for the documentary, "Linotype: The Film". He has been on the ASB staff for seven years, and provides training in shooting, editing, writing, and interviewing. He is also the voice of the "Video Coach" series of training discs. He lives in Springfield with his wife Morgan and dog, Peter.

2012 ASB Storytelling Awards

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"Crowning Moment"

Blue Valley Southwest, Overland Park, KS
Students: Cassie Johnson, Sam Lemieux, Garrett Becker
Link to Story: https://vimeo.com/53344562

Why it won: "Crowning Moment" featured two very, very strong characters, Sean's mom and friend, who were articulate, engaging, and compelling. Through their words, we got to know Sean and learned about his journey. There was a robust beginning, middle, and end structure supported by strong writing and sequencing. The interviews, along with all of the b-roll, were aptly framed and lighted and there were balanced audio levels throughout. The memorable moment of Sean's announcement as "King" was captured with superb lighting, nat sound, and camera work. The huge payoff at the end of the story was when we got to see and hear Sean tell us in his own words what being voted "King" meant to him. Priceless.

 

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"Now is the Time"

 

Free Spirit Media, Chicago, IL
Students: Janell Coleman, Janiela McKinney 
Link to Story: http://youtu.be/VGvkwS0BqYE

Why it won: “FSM News On the Road: Lookingglass Lab / Now Is the Time” featured a multiple cast of strong and engaging characters who each had articulate and passionate words to covey in telling the story of the Lookingglass Lab theatre program for teens. Strong writing and sound bite sequencing provided effective pacing, creating a comfortable rhythm to the story. The reporter’s mid-story transitional stand-up was relaxed, warm, and effective. There was excellent shot sequencing of wide, medium, and tight along with superb framing, including some ‘WALLDO’ shots, and utilization of the studio and natural lighting available. Crucial nat sound was included and audio levels were balanced throughout. The final bite from Emilio and his description of the impact that art can have truly “wraps a bow” on this outstanding story.

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Brandon Goodwin

Based in Springfield, Missouri, his video production work has taken him to four continents, a dozen countries and well over half the United States. Brandon has a decade's experience collaborating on projects of all shapes and sizes with a variety of clients, including record labels, non-profits, and advertising agencies. Recently Brandon worked as DP & Editor for the documentary, "Linotype: The Film". He has been on the ASB staff for seven years, and provides training in shooting, editing, writing, and interviewing. He is also the voice of the "Video Coach" series of training discs. He lives in Springfield with his wife Morgan and dog, Peter.