Michelle Vergel De Dios - winner of the Yoobee Film Competition

Michelle Vergel De Dios An Interview with the winner of the 15 Seconds 400 Dollars Film Competition In late August we offered Yoobee School of Design students the chance to win 400 dollars cash for 15 seconds of film. The brief was simple; create a 15 second ad that communicates the message “with Yoobee School of Design you can creatively do anything.” The winning ad would be used to advertise the school at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival throughout the country. The call for entries was met and in just 18 days creative entries arrived from around the country.  Judging from these entries it was a tough task, but in the end the judges agreed the cash should go to Diploma of Digital Film Making student Michelle Vergel De Dios. Check out her Yoobee 15sec AdAfter a busy week of assignments we managed to catch up with Michelle to talk about her win.

Yoobee: First up congratulations on winning the $400 cash. We were very impressed with the quality of your work. What are you going to spend the cash on?" Michelle: Thank you. I'm planning to use the cash to buy some filming equipment, most likely a camera lens. Yoobee: Are you excited to have your ad shown throughout the film festival?Michelle: Oh, I am so stoked about that. Aside from the $400 cash prize, that's mainly what motivated me to join the competition. It would be such a great opportunity to get one's work out there and be recognized somehow. Yoobee: So I heard you studied film at university what was that like for you? Michelle: It was really an enjoyable time for me. I studied a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Film, TV and Media Studies and English. Studying at university allowed me to examine all forms of media and study different kinds of texts. Yoobee: If you studied already why did you come to Yoobee School of Design? Michelle: My studies at Auckland University were very theoretical. Through my University studies, I've honed my critical thinking and analytical skills, and I've learned how to organize and express my ideas well. After I've graduated, I felt like there was still a gap between me, and the film industry. I knew all about examining aesthetics, content, audiences, etc. but I felt like I wasn't really given the chance to learn a lot about media production itself. I didn't have a lot of hands-on experience to be able to make it to the Film or TV industry. That's when I started looking for schools that could possibly train me to have these fundamental skills. I chose Yoobee School of Design after examining their programmes and the work of their graduates. I noticed three key things:  excellence, skill and relevance. I was convinced that they trained their students in the most excellent way possible to be ready for the industry of their choice. Yoobee: What is it about film that excites you? Michelle: Oh, I just love film so much! I love how it's such a powerful story-telling tool. Film is never boring, never mundane. I can't imagine myself doing anything else but making films or TV shows or anything creative. The thing that excites me the most about film is seeing an idea come to life. I also love that film is about beauty and design, and that you can use the methods and styles that filmmakers have pioneered in the past and then apply those to your own film and give them your own twist.Yoobee: What can you see yourself doing in 5 years from now.Michelle: Making films - films that I myself would like to see! Being involved in creative projects that I could be proud of. My passion lies in storytelling, cinematography and editing, so getting a job doing any of those three things would be so awesome. Yoobee: What's the work that you are most proud of and where can we see/watch it? Michelle: I'm quite proud of the ad that I did for Yoobee. But I think the one I'm most proud of (as of now) has got to be my first short film. It isn't really the first, but the ones I did before I studied at Yoobee are not quite as well thought out and poorly executed. Ha-ha. Anyway, my first short film is called "Nice and Warm", it's a 6 minute film about the importance of choices we make in life. I believe we will have a class screening this week for the shorts that we did, so after that I'll post it on my vimeo account, where I store all my work. Feel free to visit my vimeo: https://vimeo.com/jmichellevddYoobee: Thanks Michelle, we are proud to have you as one of our students and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. Keep up the great work.Michelle: Thanks a lot! Michelle’s work will be shown at the Show Me Shorts Film Festivals in November. If you, like Michelle, have a passion for filmmaking come and learn how to make films oranimation at Yoobee School of Design. 15 Seconds 400 Dollars Entries We also have listed below the links to all the other entries we received. Well done to all who participated! Martin Tran -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoL9XgJDXc8 James Hunter -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ_EwnONzYc Jamie Berry -  http://vimeo.com/73650108 Gemma Kingi -  https://vimeo.com/73594494 Jessie Burgess & Bryan Adams -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtEpucUBPlM Pavo  -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovO71IxjLrA Luke Anderson & Jordan Hey - https://vimeo.com/73595382 Xu Zhou -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LXed9Smuig&feature=youtu.beAdam & Matt Evans - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUjDHkWckdo&feature=youtu.be Yang Mu -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8jhbufDKhs&feature=youtu.be