In Student Video Contest, Creative Eye and Camera Equals Cash

Colleen Locke | March 01, 2013
Bobby the Beacon stands behind a camera in the UMass Boston television studio.

Bobby the Beacon knows a good movie when he sees it.


When UMass Boston senior Minhae Shim was choosing a location for her entry in last year’s My UMass Boston student video contest, she found inspiration on the Campus Center steps.

“I used the steps motif as a way of expressing UMass Boston is a pathway to success,” said Shim, an art major from Brookline who won $300 in last year’s contest.

My UMass Boston is back in 2013, and the Office of Communications is once again offering up to $500 cash to students who produce a 30-second video about showing what makes UMass Boston special to them.

A group of UMass Boston faculty, staff, and administrators will judge the videos on creativity, message, and overall quality. Prizes will be awarded for first ($400), second ($300), and third ($200) place. A $100 People’s Choice award will be given to the student filmmaker whose video receives the most “likes” on the university’s YouTube channel. If one of the top three videos also wins the People’s Choice, that student will add to his or her winnings.

The videos must be 30 seconds in length; any entries that use copyrighted music will be disqualified. Sites featuring royalty-free music are available on the My UMass Boston web page. Students must be taking at least one for-credit course to be eligible.

Shim, who won second place in the 2012 contest, recommends students in this year’s contest enlist people they know on campus, and use the 30-second time limit to their advantage.

“I love that it’s short. I think it’s an art to think of something succinct and powerful,” Shim said.

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