December 11, 2013 

Student Talent Comes into Focus During FRAMES Competition 

On November 26, more than 60 student videographers from eleven DSBN high schools hit the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake to produce dramatic, inspiring and thoughtful videos for the first annual Frames competition.  

In groups of six or less, students were given 12 hours to take a production from conception all the way through to the final edit. Students had a maximum of six minutes to tell their stories. Winning productions showed excellence in all areas of filmmaking, everything from storyboarding, to scripting, acting, shooting and editing.  

“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the results from the competition,” said Gerda Klassen, DSBN Arts Consultant. “The students showed an impressive amount of polish, professionalism and creativity. All the entries were so well done; it was very difficult to choose the winners.” 

Students from Laura Secord Secondary earned top honours in the competition with their entry “Too Lattés, Too Late”. Eden High School’s “The Guardian” was named first runner up, while students from Fort Erie Secondary were named second runner up on the strength of their entry, “The Smallest Room”.  

Honours for technical production were also handed out to students from Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School for Best Editing, Sir Winston Churchill for Best Screenplay and to Eden High School for Best Cinematography.  

Klassen said the competition was challenging, but also gave students a chance to show off their skills and creativity. “With only one day to conceive, shoot and edit their projects, the pressure was on. But, students had a fantastic backdrop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a wonderful partner in the Shaw theatre and the support of their teachers and a variety of experts in their field,” said Klassen.