Benjamin Witt worked as an intern in the Gismondi Center for Media Arts located at Uniontown High School during his senior year. He assisted students and teachers in operating the video equipment and software. He produced multiple projects this year that are highlighted below. Ben participated on the cross country and track and field teams. Ben is attending Penn State University Fayette campus and plans to study nursing and run cross country at the collegiate level. He has been furthering his videography skills interning for Witt Studio and other videographers/photographers. Ben and his passion for film making was inspired by his father, Torrey Witt, who is a professional independent photographer.
Ben received the Founders Award at the Robert Morris University Digital Media Arts Conference as well as second place for Video Sports story about the swim team from the Pennsylvania Press Club. For this film he dove in the deep end capturing underwater footage with a GoPro camera.
He captured a military homecoming with fellow senior Nate Shaheen and his father who returned just before graduation from his third tour overseas.
He spent several months directing, filming, and editing a documentary for UHS alumni Brynn Cunningham. This film will be submitted into a national trail running film festival contest. Ben shot on location locally at Ohiopyle State Park, Jumonville, the Summit Inn, and Bill Power Stadium here at UHS. Running for an Angel is a story about peace, faith, and love between a father and daughter and what happens when running connects the two in a divine way. After runner Brynn Cunningham lost her father, who had always been her biggest running fan, his birth digits began appearing miraculously, by chance, in all her race bibs. In all, he has appeared 14 times at Brynn’s races since his death.
Thank you Ben for your dedication and hard work this year. We wish you only the best as you continue your education and creative pursuits.
Uniontown High School online school newspaper Tomahawk Talk