FRISCO, TX, May 6, 2013 - A Centennial High School student received a national accolade last week when he was named honorable mention in a C-SPAN filmmaking competition.
Breylin Becton, a senior at Centennial, was chosen by C-SPAN's StudentCam contest for his film entitled "The Opportunity Gap," an 8-minute piece that looks at the difference in opportunities available to the rich and poor in the U.S. Becton was one of just 75 students honored in the competition, which garnered more than 1,893 entrants.
The theme for this year's competition was "Message to the President," which asked students to discuss what issue they think President Obama should focus on in 2013.
Becton was honored by C-SPAN and Grande Communications at an event at Centennial on April 26, where he was awarded a plaque for his video. A C-SPAN bus with interactive media-related activities was also on-hand at the ceremony.
"The Opportunity Gap" took Becton about two months to create, he said, with about a month spent coming up with the idea and creating rough drafts while the second month was spent filming and editing the video.
"I've lived in Frisco for about six years, and one day I was just thinking about the amenities and luxuries we take for granted," Becton said, explaining how the idea for the video came to him. "After a while you just start to think of them as normal. The video wasn't made to make people feel guilty of that, just to open our eyes to how life can be for other Americans."
Though he plans on attending Abilene Christian University, Becton said he's still deciding what he wants his career path to be. He noted that he has passion for both politics and media/television production. Becton plans on majoring in convergence journalism at ACU, which he described as a journalism degree with a strong focus on media.
Chris DeManche, C-SPAN spokesman for the StudetCam competition, said the contest was judged based on the message's quality, which he said was one of the strong aspects of Becton's video.
"The nice thing about these videos is students don't have to have the highest quality cameras or editing software," he said. "We look to see if they address the question at hand and whether they meet the guidelines. For Breylin to be chosen out of the nearly 2,000 entries we received says a lot about his video."
When asked if C-SPAN was a place he could see himself working in the future, Becton said it'd be a tremendous opportunity.
"If the opportunity ever presented itself, I would absolutely jump on it," he said. "I haven't thought too much about [where I want to work], but it would be a great fit given my interests in media production and politics."
To see Breylin Becton's entry in the 2013 C-SPAN StudentCam contest, click here
By Anthony Tosie, firstname.lastname@example.org, @anthonytosie on Twitter
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