Sunday, October 19, 2014

Victory Lap

"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.Walter Scott

Dearest readers, there is much to talk about. These past two weeks have been a blur, and I have reaped the rewards of all of the hard work I have put in during this past year. Without further ado, let me begin:

- Secondary Schools Short Film Festival 2014

In my previous post, I begged all of you to head to the polls over at to vote for a short film created by my friends and I; a short film called Shadows.

In case you haven't seen the short film as yet, you can view it here:

Turn your speakers up!

Shadows was created in 2014 over the July-August vacation as part of an entry by hillview College into the Secondary Schools Short Film Festival (SSSFF). The team comprised of many outgoing members of Upper 6 including Caleb Hector, Duane Swift, Marc Harroo, Naveen Ramoutar and I; along with members of (at the time) Form 2: Tevon Thatcher and Imzan Ogir.

It is a social piece tackling one aspect of psychological trauma in the evolution of a victim of bullying into a perpetrator of the act.

After your tireless voting efforts, I am pleased to announce that my team has brought the award home to my school! Thanks to the voters and my team, Hillview College has won the people's choice award for 2014!

This leaves me with high hopes for the future of filmmaking at the school, since this entire process has inspired many to find their creative side, and explore different realms of storytelling. 

- Film and Photography Club and Graduation

Last Thursday 9th October, 2014, I officially graduated from Hillview College. Later on that week, I would also find out that I had won a national scholarship in the academic sphere of Natural Sciences.

However, this is an art blog, so academics play second fiddle to expression here!

Last year, a decades-dead club was revived  under the tutelage of very enthusiastic staff members. As part of the executive of the now-revived Film and Photography Club at Hillview College, my hard work played an integral role in the operations of this thriving community.

Besides being part of the student leadership, I was basically their official graphic artist and public relations go-to guy.

As a thriving club, we hosted an exhibition of members work months after formation, sold fundraising calendars, created an identifiable badge, established a commanding online presence, and effectively became the premier media outlet of life at Hillview College.


I was very thrilled that on graduation, I was given the honour to accept an award as a representative of the Film and Photography Club. This was no ordinary award...

The Film and Photography Club, just one year old, well-deservedly won the award for "Organization Making the Most Significant Contribution to College Life!!!

The Memorial Bowl for "Club of the Year" 

- The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago

I have only been a member of the ASTT for just about a year. However, as longtime readers know, I've been going down there long before I became a member.

The largest art exhibition of the year at the ASTT is the November Members' Group Exhibition, which runs the longest of all shows at the gallery.

I have submitted my two pieces to the exhibition, and eagerly await the opening reception on November 7th, 2014 and 7p.m.

However, the story does not end there...

There was an in-house competition to select the best design for the invitation to this premier exhibition. After days of suspense, I was contacted.

They picked me to design the invitation and catalogue cover, along with other necessary graphics, for the November Exhibition of 2014.

On that note, I would like to cordially invite you to come down to the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago to view the works of all the members, and purchase those that appeal to you. It would certainly make both you and the artist happy!

Details are included in the image below:

The exhibition runs from November 7th to 22nd, 2014.

The opening reception takes place on Friday 7th, November, 2014 from 7p.m. to 9p.m.

Be there.


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