iMovie contest in India - Who'd a thunk it

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Considering Apple's non-existent footprint here in India I was surprised to see that the local schools were competing in an iMovie contest to win an iMac. From the Hindustan Times. Note, this school is here in New Delhi.

Expression, Mac-Style: Tagore Students Say It With Flowers

Arati Thapa

Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, emerged the winners over 14 other competitors in the grand finale of the Young Wizards-Apple Inter-School iMovie competition. It was a prize worth competing for. As the four-student team of Vankshu Kumar, Anirudh Gautam, Raunaq Sinha and Pooja Chandra proudly received the iMac computer, the participants burst into a huge applause. ?We were confident of winning,? says Gautam, who directed the 5-minute film.

?The music was composed by Suhail Yusuf, a class IX student, who played the sarangi. Vikas Gupta of standard XI played the synthesizer. The theme was ?We are proud to be Indians? and our team chose flowers as our central motif,? adds Kumar.

Sans dialogue, the film shows several pairs of hands gesturing in happiness, sadness, surprise and anger. It moves on to a pair of hands replacing flowers on a vase and ends with a close up on a bunch of flowers with the musical score. ?We had a great time,? says Chandra, the only girl in the team.

Though the school has participated in numerous competitions and won prizes, winning an iMac will enable students to use the iMovie software. The software facilitates applications such as dissolve, soundtrack, titling and effects. ?The iMac is going to take pride of place in our computer room,? says Sinha. ?We have received the compliments from our principal Madhulika Sen and the entire school is excited about using the software,? he adds.

The response to the competition has been so good that the sponsor is planning to make it an annual feature, says Deepanshu Sharma, marketing manager, India and SAARC, Apple. ?The idea is to prepare the students for the world of tomorrow,? he says.
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