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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA AND JVC ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR THIRD ANNUAL FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO COMPETITION

 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA AND JVC ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR
 THIRD ANNUAL FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO COMPETITION
 ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- High school students throughout the state of Florida will once again challenge their imaginations and skills to write, produce, direct and act in their own video productions as they compete in the 1992 Universal Studios Florida/JVC High School Video Competition. With the support of the Florida Board of Education and the Florida Institute for Film Education (FIFE), this third annual program offers students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in television and film production outside of the classroom.
 The competition was created in 1990 by Universal Studios Florida and JVC - the official consumer electronics sponsor of Universal Studios Florida - to highlight the talent and skill of Florida's high school students. In addition, the program gives students an advantage in competing for college placement and career planning in the state's burgeoning film and television industry. Since its introduction, the program has drawn praise from industry leaders, educators and students throughout the state because of its focus on teamwork, creativity and practical application of basic video fundamentals. The 1992 Florida High School Video Competition maintains these high ideals as students produce original video projects using their own resources and imaginations.
 Beginning Sept. 14th, students will produce a preliminary video in their surrounding communities and submit them to Universal Studios Florida and the Department of Education for evaluation. Fifteen semi- finalists from throughout the state will then travel to the studio facility for a weekend of instruction, tours and the production of a final 7-minute video utilizing Universal's expansive backlot. JVC will award video equipment to each semi-finalist school for use in their final video production and to augment the school's video resources.
 After evaluation by an esteemed panel of judges, three finalists will be invited to return in February for an awards ceremony at Universal Studios Florida. All finalists will receive additional JVC equipment and Universal Studios Florida merchandise with the winning school receiving a Grand Prize consisting of a $10,000 grant from Universal Studios Florida to enhance their media and theater arts educational programs.
 "When major productions such as 'Matinee' and 'America's Funniest People' shoot here at Universal Studios Florida, it reinforces the emergence of Florida's film and television industry," said Tom Williams, president of Universal Studios Florida. "Programs such as the Universal Studios Florida/JVC High School Video Competition demonstrate Universal's commitment to educating high school students and to building a solid talent base so that we prepare the future leaders of our industry."
 "With the production industry becoming more essential to our state's economy, it becomes increasingly important to expand the film and video curriculum in Florida's schools," said Education Commissioner Betty Castor. "The Florida High School Video Competition provides an ideal supplement to this curriculum and gives our students an advantage when continuing on with their college careers."
 "JVC has always been committed to education," stated Nathan Watanabe, senior vice president of JVC. "With Florida becoming a major player in the production industry, JVC will continue to have an active role in the education of Florida's students especially through innovative programs such as this."
 A panel of judges comprised of industry leaders will evaluate the final video projects based on direction, originality, screenplay, acting, effective use of the Universal backlot and overall production value. Past judges have included John Badham, director of "The Hard Way," "Bird on a Wire," "Saturday Night Fever" and "War Games," Rob Cohen, film and TV director of "Thirtysomething" and "Miami Vice;" Ilya Salkind, executive producer of "Superman I, II & III;" Norm Rice, vice- president and studio manager of Universal Studios Florida; and Nathan Watanabe, senior vice president of JVC.
 Universal Studios Florida, the world's most spectacular and technologically advanced movie-themed attraction is also the biggest and busiest studio outside of Hollywood. The 444-acre studio attraction provides guests the opportunity to "ride the movies," including such favorites as "Back To The Future...The Ride," "E.T. Adventure," "Earthquake -- The Big One" and "Kongfrontation." All new this year are "Lucy: A Tribute," "Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue," "Fievel's Playland" and "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle." Director and producer Steven Spielberg serves as creative consultant to the giant entertainment complex which is a joint venture between MCA Inc. and the Rank Organisation.
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