Anthony Pires

Student wins video contest

A YOUNG filmmaker has won an international video contest and the public can vote for him as people’s choice.

A YOUNG filmmaker has won an international video contest and the public can vote for him as people’s choice.

Anthony Pires won in the category of Church History in the Goodness Reigns Share the Story video contest with his five-minute stop motion video on the story of Saint Patrick, who explained the concept of the trinity to the people in Ireland in the 4th century. He’s also the only Canadian to win in one of the four categories: church history, sacraments of the church, church teachings and present day missionary spirit of the church.

The contest gave winners a choice of a free trip to World Youth Day in Madrid Spain this summer or $4,000 – Pires took the money and says he may spend it on more video equipment.

“It was all worth it in the end,” he said of spending one month making the video. Stop motion means filming one frame at a time, and moving the characters a tiny bit each time so when it’s put together they are moving.

Pires used Lego to make his St. Patrick and even made little clay bishops and a little shamrock.

He’s taking Drama, Film, TV 11 by correspondence and said his dream is to work in Hollywood.

Right now, he’s teaching himself animation so he can make backgrounds for his stop motion films.

Everyone can vote for his film as the people’s choice on the Goodness Reigns website ( until May 1.

The winner will be announced May 6 and will be awarded $1,000.

Pires posts his films, including his contest winner on his own youtube channel sideswipe1013.

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