Filmmaking competition trying to get high school students outdoors

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

BEECH ISLAND, S.C. -- Fall weather is here and South Carolina parks are urging high schoolers to take a moment to get outside and enjoy it. This is the second year they are holding the Young Filmmakers Contest at their 47 state parks.

They are asking students to make a 30 second to two minute video about losing technology and getting out in the state parks. The competition's just starting and will go until March, but they say fall is the best time of year to spend some time outdoors.

"Being outside, getting fresh air, is important to remove yourself from your normal routine, your normal area and situation," said Kimberly Henshue.

She spent her day at Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island.

It's something she says she doesn't do nearly enough, only once or twice a year, and that's all too common.

"I think a lot of people go in stages," Henshue said. "In the family stage, when you have young kids and stuff like that, a lot of people try and introduce their kids to nature and then when your like teenagers, 20s, 30s, you kinda lose it and then when you're older and have kids you want to get back into that."

South Carolina's state parks are trying to change that with a filmmaking competition for high school students.

"It's just to get kids out and to kinda use their imaginations to see what is available at state parks for people in their age group," said Joy Raintree, park manager at Redcliffe Plantation.

This is the second year they are holding the competition. Last year, high school students from across South Carolina entered videos in the Young Filmmaker Contest and now it's time to do it again. Last year's third place winner was was filmed in Aiken State Park.

"Between now, October and March, we're going to be accepting their submissions for videos," Raintree said.

It's all about losing technology and getting outdoors.

"It's looking at that conflict of technology and nature and what do you do when you lose that technology," Raintree said. "What is left? What does nature have to offer you?"

For Kimberly, it offers a lot that you can't find in front of a computer.

"I feel like you lose your sense of exploring," she said. "If it's online, I feel like your being fed things that other people have explored that other people have given to you, but when you're outside, you're exploring and learning it for yourself and finding out things for yourself and doing the work for yourself."

There are cash prizes for the top three and the top 10 are viewed at the Charleston International Film Festival in April. You can enter as an individual or a group, but you must be a high school student.

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