Finalists Named in DVD Production Competition

Finalists Named in DVD Production CompetitionLONG BEACH, Calif.
Student teams from three higher education institutions have been named finalists in Project Pioneer 2880, an extreme DVD production competition that challenges participants to go from script to final DVD in 48 hours or less using high-speed DVD burners.
Pioneer Electronics Inc., the sponsor of the national competition, announced the finalists in December. Teams from Florida State University, the Los Angeles Film School and the University of Washington were the finalists.
This past October, 13 teams of students spent 2,880 hectic minutes (two days) with a scenario, a cast, a crew, a digital camera and a Pioneer computer DVD recording drive to create five-minute DVD shorts and compete for prize money for their school. A panel of judges reviewed the shorts and judged them based on cinematography, screenplay, performance, editing, use-of-technology and overall impression.
The winning entry will be announced at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, at the Pioneer Electronics press conference. The winning school will be awarded a $10,000 grant. Two runner-up schools will each receive a $5,000 grant.
More information about the competition and the 2003/2004 entries is available online at <www.projectpioneer2880.com>.



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