For Brittnee Nicole Baskin, a WCU sophomore from Greensboro majoring in motion picture and television production, conveying the seriousness of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs in a video scholarship contest was personal.
Baskin’s best friend, Belliqwa Little, was involved in a serious wreck in 2011. Although Little survived with minor injuries, her car was totaled and Baskin was shaken by the fear of what could have happened to her friend.
“That experience is what inspired my story and my will to enter,” said Baskin.
For the Davis Law Group Viral Video Scholarship Contest, students created videos centered on the theme of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol to support the contest’s mission to help educate the public on safe driving practices. Entrants then uploaded their videos to YouTube or Vimeo.
Baskin’s video, BFF #VVSC, opens with footage of a woman walking through a park, remembering the times she shared with her best friend who died in an accident caused by a drunk driver. The video then shifts to Baskin’s story and incorporates photos of her friend and the wrecked car.
The filming took place in a Greensboro neighborhood park over a two-day period during Western Carolina’s spring break and featured Baskin’s friends Little and Carah Cunningham as themselves. Editing the footage took more than 10 hours, said Baskin, who is currently enrolled in her first film class at WCU.
“I hope that people who drink and drive will learn that it’s not only their lives that are at risk, but the people around them as well,” said Baskin.
Contest winners will be selected based on criteria that includes the viral success of the video. The number of views, comments, likes or dislikes before May 1 will be considered.
Baskin said to support her video, viewers can submit comments on the video, “like” the video or share it on social media platforms including Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Winners will be announced Wednesday, May 15.