Westport Student wins film award

— A Westport student was awarded Best Director for a short film he videotaped.

Dustin Schoenfeld, a sophomore at Westport Central School, was awarded Best Director at the Rod Serling Video Festival, a state-wide film competition for students.

Schoenfeld’s short film was taped where he grew up in Chicago over spring break. The film shows a busy street scene, where his twin brother, Owen Schoenfeld, finds a coin on the sidewalk. When Owen’s character flips the coin heads up everything goes in forward motion, but when the coin is flipped to tales everyone and everything moves backward.

This is the second film competition Schoenfeld has entered. He said he was honored to win recognition for the piece.

While making the film, Schoenfeld developed the full story line. Paul Mudie, video production teacher at Westport Central School, said Schoenfeld’s strenths as a filmmaker lie with his editing, his ability to lay out his ideas and visualize the end product.

“I always love to play around with different techniques after I film something, and I like how things look when I reverse the film,” he said. “I always wanted to use this effect but needed a good story line and I was inspired to have the coin determine the switch.”

Mudie said Schoenfeld is a very talented individual in the area of film production and has a very good eye for editing. Mudie said Schoenfeld’s drive to constantly improve is what makes his work excellent.

“Dustin works independently and is tremendously creative and talented in video production,” Mudie said. “I think Dustin has great potential and is only going to get better because he works at something he is passionate about.”

The Rod Serling Video Festival premiered in 1995 as a county-wide festival for students as a means to promote the use of video arts technology in area schools. The festival later opened to students throughout the state of New York.

The Rod Serling Video Festival screening will air on WSKG Public Television Friday May 18, from 8 to 9 p.m. The premiere broadcast will be projected on a big screen at Binghamton High School. A short awards ceremony/reception will follow.

Schoenfeld’s video will be viewable online at a later date.

For more information about the video contest call festival personnel at (607) 762-8202.

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