Hazen students create Seahawks video

February 1, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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By Tony Pham and Dorian Banks This frame from the Seahawks hype video created by Hazen students Tony Pham and Dorian Banks highlights safety Kam Chancellor, their teacher Lori Tegen’s favorite player.

By Tony Phan and Dorian Banks
This frame from the Seahawks hype video created by Hazen students Tony Pham and Dorian Banks highlights safety Kam Chancellor, their teacher Lori Tegen’s favorite player.

It’s only 30 seconds, and stars a trio of plastic men, but the Seattle Seahawks hype video produced by a pair of Hazen High School students packs quite a punch.

From the opening scene featuring Lego versions of Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate and Kam Chancellor, to the closing seconds declaring the Seattle Seahawks as “My town, my Hawks,” if you don’t already have 12th Man fever, you’re likely to catch it.

Hazen sophomores Tony Phan and Dorian Banks created the short stop-motion video for an assignment in Lori Tegen’s business education class. It’s already caught the attention of the Renton School District, the Seahawks and opened the door for internship opportunities.

“When I was making the video, I thought whatever, Ms. Tegen’s not going to post this, and then I went online and I saw the Seahawks commenting on it,” Phan said. “It felt really good.”

Tegen, a loyal Seahawks fan who inherited some of her husband’s rabid fanaticism, bought the special Legos hoping it would inspire some of her students to create something unique.

Banks caught on to the idea of a Seahawks fan video quickly, Tegen said, and Phan, with his technical skills, made the pair a worthy team.

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Watch the Seahawks-inspired video created by Hazen students Tony Phan and Dorian Banks at http://youtu.be/geoo6Ws07dE.

“I wanted something awesome done with those little guys and it was,” she said. “It looked like it was professionally created.”

Banks was the backbone of the project, coming up with ideas for the music and visuals, Phan said. Phan was able to make that vision a reality with his background in video editing.

As a result, the Renton School District has reached out to the students about possibly working on videos for the communications staff, Tegen said. They’ve also been encouraged to apply for a YouthForce internship.

“I try to make the projects fun,” Tegen said of her class. “The more comfortable they are with technology, the more prepared they’re going to be for their future.”

The video was timed perfectly, released just weeks before the Super Bowl, as people across the state were consumed with the Hawks’ performance.

Tegen, whose favorite player is Chancellor, adorned her classroom with Seahawks posters.

“The Seahawks fever and them winning, it’s kind of hard to not get into it,” she said.

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