With a mysteriously haunting plot and exquisite video footage of stormy skies, wind-tossed foliage, splatters of rain in a pond and a leaf tossing through a stream of water, two brothers recently won a High School Student Production Award for their short film, entitled “The Wind Whispers to Me.”
Hunter Berger’s film won a student Emmy for best writing and three honorable mentions for Best Photography, Best Audio and Best Fiction Short Drama at the 2015 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter, held at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta this past weekend.
The annual competition encourages excellence in video production and recognizes outstanding achievements in broadcast produced by high school students.
Hunter, a rising senior at Statesboro High School and his younger brother Ford Berger, who served as the only actor of the film, accepted the award from Fox 5 chief meteorologist, David Chandley.
“Ford had a general idea and I said, ‘Let’s add what we have around us,’” Hunter said of the boys’ collaboration last summer. “We tried to make it very symbolic, with the ponds and streams on our land. We brought all the elements around us together.
“You’re not sure what’s happening. The narrator can feel her but no one else can.
”The film depicts a young boy narrating poetically the loss of his mother: “The waters took her away. Her voice, her smile, her eyes.”
Though the film lasts only slightly more than two minutes, Hunter said the production of his award-winning video took three to four months to actually film and put together in its final form.
The Berger brothers, along with their parents Art and Joan Berger, learned of the win from an online Atlanta news site.
“We were shocked; we couldn’t believe it,” Hunter said. “We just looked at each other, then started freaking out about it.”
But Ford, who will be a SHS freshman in August, was confident from the very beginning and had this thought before entering, “We thought we could get away with it and win an Emmy.”
Ford’s confidence apparently spills over into another passion of his, the love of golf. Ford currently ranks 33rd on the International Junior Golf Tour.
Hunter is considering using his videography passion in the future, possibly in a branch of the military, specializing in multimedia. For now, however, he’ll settle for showing off their glass trophy at home and hopefully displaying a plaque with both names on it at Statesboro High School.