Widener Communication Studies Students Win First Round of International Video Competition

By Benjamin Beggs ‘20 Communication Studies

When junior communication studies majors Carly Dunbar and Lindsey Cooper entered the International Video Production Competition, they wanted to show off what makes Philadelphia special.

They did just that – and took first place in the first round of the competition.

“We had no idea that this project would become so large-scale,” Dunbar said. “We just played to each other’s strengths and weaknesses well, and we feel that we delivered a better result because of that.”

The annual competition calls upon young people to produce a video on a World Heritage City. Each city chooses a winning video for two age categories (14 – 17 years old and 18 – 21 years old). Then, the winning videos from the local level are submitted to an international jury.

Dunbar and Cooper, both concentrating on film studies, entered the competition at the urging of their professor and advisor, Assistant Teaching Professor of Communications Tim Scepansky, as part of an advanced video production course.

The video was edited using both Adobe Premiere and Google Earth Studio, a brand new software to the video production industry. In a project that took just under four weeks, Dunbar and Cooper were able to capture the heritage of the city of Philadelphia in an entirely new way.

Carly Dunbar and Lindsey Cooper
Junior communication studies majors Carly Dunbar and Lindsey Cooper won the first round of the International Video Production Competition.

“Seeing Widener students ambitiously utilize cutting-edge technology to such success is very exciting to me as a professor,” Scepanksy said.

Both students and their professor considered themselves well-acquainted with Philadelphia’s heritage before filming.

“We wanted to show people that Philadelphia is truly deserving of its title as a World Heritage City,” Cooper explained. “It embodies everything about heritage, including food, sports culture, music, movies, and more.”

Both students have plans to reenter this competition next year, as well as others in the future.

Dunbar and Cooper offered some advice for others interested in the video production field.

“Having a plan before you go out to film will always serve you well even if you choose not to follow it directly,” Dunbar said.

Cooper agreed, adding, “There is always an opportunity for an aspiring videographer as long as they choose to take it.”

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