Eighteen-year-old Austin Piedra just started Full Sail’s Film program this summer, and he’s already made his first award-winning short. Austin was recently named the first place winner of Bridgestone Americas’ Teens Drive Smart Video Contest, a prize that earned him national recognition and a $20,000 college scholarship.
The competition was open to students between the ages of 16 and 21, who were asked to create a short video about safe driving and ways people can make better decisions when behind the wheel. Austin’s video – “Break Bad Habits. Drive Safe” – stars his younger brother Ethan and was shot and edited over the course of just a couple of days. The video showcases how influential our bad habits can be on younger kids.
“While watching my younger siblings play outside, I noticed how everything they did had some sort of outside influence, like quoting television shows,” says Austin, who hopes to pursue a career as a director. “At that point I realized just how much of a sponge children are and how much that could actually affect their driving in the future.”