Lights off, camera on for filmmaker
Penticton student wins BC Hydro filmmaking competition
Jordan Findlay turned the lights out on his competitors.
The Grade 9 Penticton Secondary School student took home first prize for his piece entered in BC Hydro’s Off the Grid filmmaking competition.
“I hoped I would win because there were quite a few videos (submitted),” said Findlay. “I was really pleased.”
Findlay’s film entitled Power of One was a minute long and showed a young boy flicking off one light switch. This action results in other light and electrical switches turning off by themselves.
“It took me probably about a week to film it and then another week to edit it,” said Findlay, adding the most difficult part of the filming process was using thought motion.
Thought motion is a time-consuming task requiring Findlay to gradually flip down light switches during filming.
He then used an editing program to cut pieces shorter, making it look like the switch is being flicked off in one smooth movement.
His teacher attributes his win to his age and talent.
“He was one of the youngest competitors,” said Russ Stasiuk, film and television instructor. “He had technically quite a challenging video, there are a lot of special effects he did, which was pretty beyond most of the kids in his age group.”
Findlay was one of 10 grand prize winners. Their prize was a three-day trip to Galiano Island’s Gulf Island Film School.
The competition was open to students of the province asking them to create minute-long films about energy conservation.
To view the videos submitted visit