After raking in more Orange County Film Festival nominations than it ever had, Marina High School needed no movie magic to win four awards at an OCFF ceremony last week.
MHS's four wins came for Best Music Video, Best Editing, Best Graphics and Best PSA. The tally was bested only by Northwood's five, one of which was shared with University High School, also of Irvine.
Graduated senior Brian Hart thanked a lot of people in the three acceptance speeches he made, recognizing his family, classmates, and teacher and mentor, Don Hume.
"It was pretty exciting to be recognized for all the hard work we put into everything," said Hart, the director of the winning music video, "Shake It Out." The video was also recognized for its editing and graphics.
The other MHS video to win was its public service announcement, "Change Our Future." It was also cited for Mark Estefanos's graphics work.
The awards were presented at a black-tie ceremony at the Grove at Anaheim on Jan. 4 after being screened at the Newport Lido Theater on Thursday. Hart said it was "amazing" to see the movie projected in a theater.
"It's a very different experience, being able to see it on the big screen. Everyone I talked to, we'd all seen it several times ... it was much more emotional, it seemed like you were there with them," he said.
Hart is now an Orange Coast College student hoping to transfer soon to a film school. He said the inspiration for "Shake It Out" came just from hearing it.
"I knew I wanted to do a music video, because I really love telling stories with narratives," he said. "The second I heard the song the story flooded into my head."