One of my favorite videos is the Wimmer Scholarship Prize Patrol. In my time here at Saint Vincent, I have been a part of four of them. Below you'll see our own Shawn Gouch awarding a full scholarship to Alexander Pawlikowski, a senior at York Catholic high school two weeks ago.
Here is the video of that presentation.
I love these videos for several reasons.
- The people involved are always very happy.
- It is a chance to shoot video off campus.
- They are media events.
As much as I enjoy making the college version of these videos, I also enjoy seeing how local news stations put them together. Here is the link to the video made by Central Pennsylvania's Fox 43 news team.
(I'll admit, that part of my enjoyment of the news versions is that I frequently have a cameo. This one is no exception. Look for me at the 13-second mark.)
The main difference between the two videos is how they begin. The news versions typically start with the presentation, where I like to build up the surprise a little more. I love including footage of the journey to the classroom. I have that luxury because I am not bound by any time constraints. The news version clocks in at around 50 seconds, while the college version is 1 minute and 43 seconds.