Fifteen-year-old Shelby Baillie's artistic talents already havegotten notice.
This past spring, the Jensen Beach teen was the creator of anaward-winning video. Baillie won the Collaborative Summer LibraryProgram's 2013 Teen Video Challenge for Florida.
The challenge was a national competition aimed at inspiring teensto participate in their public library's summer reading program.Baillie was one of more than 100 teens from 26 states whoparticipated, with each state selecting a winning video.
Her minute-and-a-half long video shows animated characters emergingfrom various books and exploring the Cummings Library in Palm City.
"It was about showing that books can come alive," Baillie said."They have a life of their own and they have characters in themthat I wanted to show, and (show) that libraries are a great placeto go."
For the project, Baillie shot photos of the library, created theanimations using a computer and a bamboo tablet, and provided thevoice for the main character. Baillie, who will be a sophomore atJensen Beach High School in the fall, said she was sitting indigital design class when her mother called to tell her that hervideo won.
"Of course I was excited," she said. "I couldn't scream ... . But Iwas really happy I won."
Baillie has been drawing from an early age and said she becameinterested in video editing around the time she began middleschool.
"I was always interested in my art and my hero when I was littlewas Hayao Miyazaki," she said. "He was a famous computer animatorin Japan and I used to love his movies. I said I wanted to dosomething like that with my art one day and I got really into thedigital (design)."
Baillie is a volunteer in the Cummings Library idea lab, which wascreated last year as a way to teach digital technology toresidents. She has also volunteered at the Hoke Library in JensenBeach, the Blake Library in Stuart and the Children's Museum of theTreasure Coast. "It's opened so many opportunities for me," shesaid of her volunteer experiences. "It opened this contest to me.It's helped me improve on my art also. It's done so many things forme. I've met amazing people, too."
Q&A What are your hobbies?
Art, guitar and I like to do archery.
What is your favorite subject in school?
Digital design, because my favorite teacher is in there, Dr.Malham.
What's your favorite junk food?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have threethings with you, what would they be?
An endless supply of markers and sketch books, food and my iPodthat never runs out of battery.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?
Either working for Disney, Pixar or making my own movie. (Working)in digital design. Just getting my art out there.
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