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    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program 

    Update: Applications Are Not Required This year (20-21) For Enrollment in the Filmmaking Intro (Video Production 1)

    Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, students from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program have won hundreds of awards at regional, national, and international film festivals.

    Steven Bradford new director of BHS Digital Filmmaking Program

    BHS is pleased to announce the new director for its award-winning Steven Bradford PhotoDigital Filmmaking Program, Steven Bradford. Bradford has been active in the local film community as a filmmaker and educator for decades, and brings an array of experience to the program with a background in filmmaking, television programs, web-based content, 3D films and corporate videos. “Mr. Bradford has the ideal education and experience to find the balance between honoring the amazing accomplishments of the students in this program over the last 18 years and continuing to explore new mediums that will keep the program vibrant into the future of film,” said principal Keven Wynkoop.

    “We are fortunate to have found an experienced teacher with a solid understanding of film language and familiarity with diverse types of productions,” says outgoing director Matt Lawrence. More information is located at the bottom of this webpage.

    Congratulations to BHS Teacher Steven Bradford and Digital Filmmaking Students!

    57 NATAS Awards ImageBallard filmmaking students won five High School Student Production Awards at the 57th Northwest Regional Emmy Awards

    There were a wide range of classes represented in these films: Class of ’19, 20, 21 and 22.

    Ballard won in five of the seven categories they were nominated in.

    Ballard is also the only school to win in more than three of the 13 categories. FTM, Living With Ana, A Day at the Beach and One Minute to Midnight have previously won awards at several other festivals.

    There are links to the first four winning videos (Stock is still in competitions and video not available yet)

    FTM • Ballard High School • Danny Edwards, Director • Fiona Paskoff, Producer

    Living With Ana • Ballard High School • Marley Rankin,
    Director/Writer/Cinematographer • Olivia Flego-Wirth, Producer • Saia Dugan, Co-Director, Co-Writer • Violet Collins, Producer

    PSA (Public Service Announcements)
    A Day At The Beach • Ballard High School • Marley Rankin, Director, Writer,
    Cinematographer • Olivia Flego-Wirth, Producer, Editor • Sebastian Zufelt, Producer • Madison Jackson-Hite, Producer

    One Minute to Midnight • Ballard High School • James Brammer, Sound Designer • Claire Kilkenny, Sound Designer • Jasper Swift, Sound Designer

    Stock • Ballard High School • Sebastian Zufelt, Writer

    CLASS OF 2020! Special acknowledgement to the filmmaking program's Class of 2020 seniors (and the majority of the class' NATAS nominees). Many plan to attend some of the country's most prestigious film schools such as Chapman, New York University, Emerson College and others: Saia Dugan, Calvin Johnson, Claire Kilkenny, Fiona Paskoff, Talin Phillips, Marley Rankin, Alessandro Rios, Jasper Swift, Andrew Voyles, Hannah Weaver, Olivia Flego-Wirth, Sebastian Zufelt.

    Academy Honors Ballard High School Filmmakers with 13 Nominations

    NATAS logoThe Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence.

    Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned 13 nominations. These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals. The winners will be announced June 6 at the Virtual 57th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.

    Ballard’s nominations span eight categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program. In the categories of best Writer and best Audio/Sound, every production nominated was by Ballard’s film students. This is the twelfth year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy.

    For a complete list and additional information refer to the Digital Filmmaking Program Featured News.

    One of the best public school film programs in the country is in Seattle 

    Teacher Mr Bradford teaching in classBallard's Digital Filmmaking Program was recently featured on KOMO 4's Seattle Refined.

    John Prentice with Seattle Refined came to Ballard in Dec to do the filming in the Digital Film class during 2nd and 3rd period classes. He saw some of the films on the web, and was impressed by the number of festivals and awards the students had won. It was great that 3 of the four students from the film Blood Cargo were here during those periods, Liv D’arche, Talin Philips and Ben Murphy. 

     Also interviewed were Anna DeTurk, Evelyn Noble-Stewart, Morgen White and Shannon Sheridan. Watch some of the films from the program online, enjoy! ~ Teacher Stephen Bradford

    Digital Filmmaking Program Course Information

    The Digital Filmmaking Program is open to Ballard HS students of all grades. Students planning to pursue degrees or careers in film/television production, broadcast journalism, art, advertising, media studies, or public relations should enroll no later than their sophomore year to begin to build a portfolio that meets college and industry application requirements. Students successfully completing each year of the program are invited to apply for the next.

    The program is potentially four years, giving students the opportunity to build diverse portfolios. The classes are electives, fulfill either the Fine Art or the Occupational Education requirement, and result in a digital portfolio.

    Please refer to the BHS Course Catalogpdf icon for more information about the courses.

    Digital Film photo

    BHS Digital Filmmaking Program

    View the Digital Filmmaking Program's websiteView Program FilmsDigital Filmmaking Awards & Honors List

    Contact: Steven Bradford,

    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking 206-252-1117

    NOTE: No application is required for this Program for the School Year 2020-21.

    Program Highlights And Archives