The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE Oil Spill Video Contest Launched!

The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE Oil Spill Video Contest Launched!

The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE Oil Spill Video Contest is underway! The contest kicked off with a workshop at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on June 27th

The video contest challenges San Francisco Bay Area high school students to document a significant oil spill and highlight solutions for the clean-up and remediation of oil from the environment. The purpose of the contest is to generate widespread awareness of the environmental, social and economic problems related to large oil spills. The challenge engages young people in environmental problem solving through producing videos that educate and empower the general public.

There are seven teams participating in the project, representing four Bay Area organizations, including:

The Oakland Zoo, The Exploratorium, The Chabot Space and Science Center and the Youth Watershed Challenge of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

The kick-off and workshop included a filmmaking overview with storyboarding, lighting and shooting practice, tips on conducting successful interviews with subject matter experts, a science behind an oil spill tutorial, and overview of guidelines and project timeline. Teams learned about the science behind mixing oil and water. They polished their cinematography, directing, acting and producing skills with Flip Cams provided by Cisco to all of the participating teams for this contest. And learned the art of storyboarding and the value of planning your shots.

Each of the teams will produce 3-minute videos using Cisco Flip Video cameras. The videos will be produced based on the following guidelines:

  • Identify problems and limitations with current clean-up & remediation technologies.
  • Highlight innovative solutions for clean-up and remediation.
  • Address the environmental, social and economic impacts of large oil spills, such as the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Part 2: Make the connection between large oil spills and individual responsibility.

  • Identify how an oil spill affects local community members.
  • Highlight groups or individuals contributing to the protection of the environment from oil spills.
  • Address ways to reduce the likelihood for oil spill catastrophes in the future.

Teams are now researching and producing their videos, working toward an August 10 submission deadline, with judging will take place online. The awards ceremony is set for Saturday, August 20 at the California Academy of Sciences, from 2-4 PM.

Program partners include the California Academy of Sciences, G-Rock, and UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources' Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. The program is generously sponsored by Wendy Schmidt and Kevin Costner'sBlue Planet Water Solutions.

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