This year’s trip to STN in LA was genuinely one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. We started off strong with an unbelievable tour of LA, and all of the iconic places in California, and then went right into competitions.
I couldn’t have asked for a better Sweet Sixteen show. All of our stories were on point and I’m very proud of my team, Adi and Alexis, for pulling through and coming out with one of the best segments on the show! Our team has come a long way, and am so happy I had the opportunity to work with them.
Furthermore, the next couple of days consisted of individual competitions. I can whole-heartedly say everyone did incredible in his or her competitions. As my competition approached I was very nervous… For the next person competing in the 60sec Silent Film, here is my advice: Have good timing; I suggest you spend a maximum of 30min of the production time thinking of an idea and the rest of the time filming. Also, storyboarding helped a lot. When I story boarded, my ideas the filming was quick and I finished on time; it was also very helpful in editing because I was able to look at the shots I planned and put them together quickly. I finished with 30min to spare and even had time to go into after effects! Additionally, when thinking of an idea make sure it is centralized around the noun verb noun they give you. In the end, the idea has to come full circle. My noun verb noun was “Someone Left This”. I started off with the boy leaving the jacket and in the end I made sure to reiterate that he had ‘left something’ by the girl handing him the note saying, “You Left Your Jacket.” The Sixty Second Silent Film is one of the only competitions at STN where you work alone, so make sure you practice before going. I practiced almost every week for a couple of months and it helped immensely because I was able to think and plan my ideas and actions quickly. Lastly, try and stay and calm and confidant; this experience is supposed to be fun, and I had a good time executing my project. In the end the 1st place mark was all worth the stress.
Congratulations to Trent Austin for his 1st place in Sports Feature and Noah Avidan and Rachel Broccoli for their honorable mention in the Short Story Competition. Everyone else did incredible in his or her own individual competitions as well!
We had a strong team and it all paid off when Excellence Show was announced and Cooper City was awarded Best Weekly Show in the Nation! Unfortunately, we didn’t take home Sweet Sixteen, but I know our show was one of the best. Besides, winning the Excellence Award means that overall we are the BEST in the nation.
This entire experience was very bonding and I love my CTV family. I want to thank Sooy and Marianne for being INCREDIBLE chaperones and the booster club for affording and making this trip happen. Finally, I want to thank Mr. Pichardo for being so supportive of everyone and helping us reach our full potentials.
I’m still wearing my editing bracelet; I can’t believe it’s over. I’m going to miss you LA, if I could I would do it all over again. Love you guys! <3
For CTV News, I’m Jazlyn Cartaya