Have you heard? We recently announced the winners of Listen Carefully’s 2015 Video Contest!
In total, more than 3,000 students from all 50 states participated, and after an exciting public vote winners were announced on February 11, 2015. Ken Nakama, Dan Lesser, and Joshua Maslaki from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California took home the grand prize, and Grammy-nominated recording artist Aloe Blacc will perform a private concert at their school in the spring!
Their short film “Protect Your Ears” is a call to turn down the volume. The team worked for 22 hours to film, edit, and produce the video, and all their hard work paid off! To make the film relatable, they chose to film in their school’s computer lab, a modern space that would help communicate their message. Dan Lesser explained that the team’s hope was for teens to be “conscious of the volume of music they are listening to, and the irreversible consequences it holds.”
Lesser’s passion for storytelling drew him to the project. “I plan on pursuing film for a living, and knowing sound is over 80% of what makes films impactful. It’s extremely important to me and I have a huge appreciation for it,” he said.
Nakama found the contest to be a great way to contribute to public awareness as well as his own school. “I listen to music every day, so sound is a major part of my life.” Nakama said. He also noted that “although listening to loud music is inevitable at events such as school dances or concerts,” Nakama hopes that his team’s video helps teens recognize the power they have to control the volume.
Joshua Maslaki knows several people with hearing loss, so this project was personal and “felt like a good cause” to support. As a fellow film student, sound plays a large role in his life, and he hopes teens become more careful about blasting loud music.
As for the team’s favorite bands, you can currently find Ken, Dan, and Joshua listening to The Local Natives, Nirvana, and Jason Mraz. Congratulations to the winning team, and check out their video!