Meet Sarah Romero, a talented young filmmaker currently studying journalism at Utah State University. Sarah has been participating with Zooppa for almost a year now, most recently placing 2nd in the Plan USA: Be Bold for Girls project. Go have a look at her winning video, “Take a Stand for Education,” and see her full interview!
Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
I’m 21 years old, and about to graduate from Utah State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in video/photography. I’m inspired by the outdoors—I love trail running, canyoneering, rock-climbing, traveling and listening to country music. Besides filming and writing, I enjoy cooking and photography, and I’m in the process of starting a food blog!
What first interested you in film?
I started helping my husband film weddings, and found that I loved the entire process of creating a video. It takes a lot of work, but there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing how the finished product comes together after all the effort you put into it.
What drew you to the Zooppa community?
I was drawn to the Zooppa community because of the diverse range of competitions it offers. Each campaign is so unique; it forces me to be creative.
What do you like most about crowdsourced film contests?
The competition involved. I have no idea who I’m up against—it motivates me try my best.
What do you like to do when you’re not creating video masterpieces?
When I’m not creating videos, I like to spend time adventuring with my husband and creating new recipes in the kitchen. My husband and I both love to travel—we’re always planning our next trip or weekend adventure.
Where is home for you?
Currently Logan, Utah, but it will soon be Salt Lake City.
Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?
I’m a senior at Utah State University. My degree in journalism has greatly influenced my filmmaking. Learning how to tell a story in a compelling way is absolutely crucial to making a good film.
What/where do you find inspiration for your films? Share a bit about your creative process.
I find inspiration for my films mainly from my own experiences and the things/people I see around me. For example, I recently babysat my 4-year-old and 2-year-old cousins for a weekend. I loved watching them interact with each other and thought it could make a cute video. I started filming them and voila! My first attempt at children videography…
Which was your favorite Zooppa contest to participate in? Why?
My favorite Zooppa contest so far was Green Label Studio’s “Open Call” for Mountain Dew. My husband and I worked on it together, and placed as a finalist. We were given $10,000 to create another video in just a couple of weeks. Working together, we came up with an idea and ended up breaking the world record for the longest rope swing along the way. I loved the competition because we pushed ourselves beyond what we thought was possible. I learned a lot from the process and it really was an unforgettable experience.
What are you currently working on (job, films)?
I’m pretty busy right now just being a student. However, I’m always looking for film opportunities. I’m filming some weddings this fall/winter and I’ll continue to keep my eyes open for film contests.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future?
Once I graduate, I want to focus on gaining more experience with film. I’d love to continue filming wedding and children videography, and experiment with other genres such as action-sport filming and travel documentaries.
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