Mercer County High School seeks Titan Terror Top Prize

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Students from Grove City High School in Mercer County have submitted entries for the Titan Terror Project, a movie competition hosted by several organizations at Westminster College. This is the first time that a high school has entered the wildly popular mini-movie project.

The Titan Terror Project encourages movie-makers to scare viewers in three minutes or less, without violence or gore. The Audio Visual department, Westminster Cable Network, and Titan Radio collaborate to make the competition possible.

Jared Henshaw, GCHS Technology Education Teacher, led the students from his Advanced Video class through the movie-making process. He says that he encouraged students to enter Titan Terror because it gets them involved in real world scenarios.

"If it involves hands-on learning; we're there," said Henshaw. "They get to create a story, break it down visually into numerous shots, and then produce it by using good camera techniques and editing skills." Henshaw says he will encourage his students to participate in Titan Terror in upcoming years because competitions make great motivators for the students and they are pretty excited when they get recognition for their work.

GCHS student Michael Augspurger said that his favorite part of the Titan Terror Project was seeing the video come together because of the feeling of fulfillment that it brings.

This was the first year that the contest, whose showcase generates standing room only crowds at the campus theater,  was opened up to all residents of Lawrence and Mercer counties. Organizers are hinting that it may be opened up to more counties in the future to motivate more area students to enter the competition.

"Reaching out to these areas significantly raises the level of competition for the Titan Terror Project, which is exactly what we're looking for," said Director of Audio Visual Services, Gary Swanson. "Video production skills have become more integrated into everyone's work, but it takes a variety of skills to really do it well. We want to encourage entries from a wider geographic area, hopefully inspiring everyone to give movie production a try, and celebrate those that can do it really well with simple tools."

The Titan Terror Showcase is Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Westminster College's Mueller Theatre, located in McKelvey Campus Center. A live feed is available for those who cannot make the showcase at
(Go to the site and click the green "Watch Live" button at the top of the page. For those viewing after the event, visit the site and look under Recent Results for the Titan Terror Showcase.)

Please contact AV Services by email at or by phone at 724-946-7188 for more information.

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Jared Henshaw (back row, far right) and his GCHS Advanced Video class.

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A still from one of the high school etnries, entitled Silent Asylum