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PRDFS student video wins top prize in 2014 WorkSafe BC contest

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PRDFS students who won WorkSafe BC’s 2014 video contest pose in Powell River with school director Tony Papa (third from right, back row) and William Crewes of Seaspan (second from right, back row). The winning student team are (L to R, first row): Zan Plesner; Sophie Wadden; Annabelle Foss. Back row: Lucas Scheffler; Thurston Burke; Michael Stevantoni; Curtis Havekotte.

 

Powell River Digital Film students recently won first prize in a province-wide contest for their workplace safety video Safety Man.

The team of winning students included Annabelle Foss, Curtis Havekotte, Lucas Scheffler, Michael Stevantoni, Sophie Wadden, Thurston Burke, and Zan Plesner. Their one-minute mockumentary, an ironic take on a training film, took first place in the grades 11 and 12 category of WorkSafe BC’s 2014 student video contest.

Although presented with humour, the winning video had a serious message: it stressed the importance of paying attention on a job site, wearing safety equipment, and following WorkSafe BC guidelines.

Glen McIntosh of WorkSafe BC and William Clewes, a representative from SeaSpan, a contest sponsor, presented students with their $1,000 prize on June 16 at a ceremony in Powell River.

“Congratulations on winning our grade 11-12 first place award,” said McIntosh. “Each year, students amaze us with their ability to convey a health and safety message in a way that’s relatable to other youth.”

McIntosh noted that while students research their video, write the script, and talk about the project with friends and families, they learn more about their rights and responsibilities, and help to raise safety awareness in their own social circles.

“I’m proud of our students and the imagination they brought to this project,” says school director and instructor Tony Papa. “They combined creative vision and technological talent to produce a winning message.”

All video entries explored the topic of health and safety in an employee’s first job, using the contest theme “Don’t let your first job be your last.”

Video entries were judged on their impact, the transferability of their safety message, original creative concept, and technical execution.

Click here to view Powell River Digital Film School’s 2014 winning student video

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