Student's video turns heads at pair of festivals
A suggestion from a teacher went a long way with some Delaware Hayes High School students.
Ryan Schey, video and production class teacher, encouraged his students to create a video for the youth division of the Ohio Shorts Film Festival in spring 2012.
Phil Frentsos, 17, took him up on the suggestion and asked his friend Elijah Welch, 17, if he wanted to make a music video of one of Welch's songs.
Welch, a Christian rapper, wrote a song called Teenage Problems that focuses on issues teenagers deal with, such as depression, body image and divorced parents.
"I wanted to do this song because it was a great message and I thought it would make a meaningful video," Frentsos said.
They created a video for the class' YouTube channel called "dtown740," and Frentsos also submitted it to the Ohio Shorts Film Festival.
The video was selected by the judges to be screened as part of the festival at the Wexner Center for the Arts, where it was one of eight to receive the second-prize award.
The video also was shown Sept. 21 during Independents' Day, a Columbus event that showcases independent arts.
"It's a huge honor for these two young men to be featured, because most of the films are from professional filmmakers and not youth," said Schey.
Frentsos said he was excited for his video to be selected for the Independents' Day fest, as he was only one of three youth to be chosen.
Frentsos did all the filming and editing, which he said he just started learning last year. He owns his own camera and editing software.
"I've been making family videos since I was little, but I just got into editing when I began working on D-Town projects last year," he said.
Students create new videos to post on the D-Town channel every three weeks. Right now, Frentsos is working on a video for Ohio State University Buckeye fans called the "Buckeye Crusader."
"I love to walk down the hallways and have teachers tell me they thought I did a great job on my newest video," Frentsos said. "It's really cool to have fans among the staff."
He said it feels great having his video chosen for the two festivals.
"I'm extremely thankful that they chose my videos," he said. "It's very motivating to me."
He's hoping to continue his editing and production career that began at Hayes, but he's not sure what will happen.
"I am going to continue to work hard on editing and see what happens," he said. "It would be great to continue doing something I love."