Two liberal arts freshmen began their time at UT with an expression their creative and technological sides to create the first and second place videos for the Gone To Texas Video Contest.
Zeyi Lin, the contest’s overall winner, is a Plan II and electrical engineering major. The inspiration behind his video was his “sense of appreciation and wonder for technology.” Gone To Texas was the first video contest Lin ever entered; previously, he had only created videos for school projects. Lin received a Dell laptop as his first-place prize.
Logan Crossley, a Plan II and international relations and global studies major, was awarded second place and an iPad Mini.
“I've always loved the concept of Rube Goldberg machines: after a series of completely random tasks, something finally gets accomplished in the most roundabout way.” Crossley said, on the inspiration for his entry. “Oftentimes they work in totally unexpected ways and feature objects with seemingly no relation to one another. I found that to have many striking parallels to UT.”
Being recognized by the Gone To Texas judges encouraged Crossley to continue producing imaginative content.
“As I was walking back to my dorm last night, another student stopped me and said, ‘Your video was amazing. It was exactly what I wanted to see in this competition. It made me happy.’ Comments like that justify all of the work and the late nights of editing and set design. That is why I want to continue doing this in the future.”
This was the fifth annual GTT video contest. The theme for the videos was “What starts here, changes the world.” Submissions had a 60-second time limit and had a required script. Winners were unveiled Tuesday night at the Gone To Texas event.
“Gone To Texas was a truly memorable way to kick off the year,” Lin said. “Learning more about the university's core values and watching the Longhorn Band perform are some reasons why I am so proud to call The University of Texas at Austin my home for the next four years.”