Dordt College News

Dordt foursome wins at Twins game

August 16, 2010

Elliot De Wit (’07) can sing, act, and make videos … and he can’t resist ice cream.

That winning combination landed him and three friends $5,000, plus free tickets and a public appearance at the Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland A’s game on Friday, Sept. 17. 

The Dordt foursome created the winning video for a Wells Blue Bunny/Minnesota Twins “Sing Like a Champ” video competition. It was shown on the Target Field jumbotron during the Twins/Oakland game. De Wit’s partners for the project were his brother Dave, a senior digital media production major from Alton, Iowa; Kenny Gradert, a senior from Ireton, Iowa; and Jeremy Brue (’10), now a graduate engineering student at Iowa State University.

The winning crew at the Twins game in September included (left to right)Entrants were asked to create a tune with lyrics that included a reference to the Twins and Blue Bunny. The song had to be submitted in the form of a two-minute music video, using a Champ! Cone as a microphone.

Elliot was the lead character in the commercial and Dave came up with the concept and served as producer. Thanks to their connection with the Dordt College digital media program, the team members were able to borrow three high definition cameras from the college for filming the video. After more than fifteen takes, many ice cream cones, and about five hours of editing, they finished the winning entry.

In the video, Elliot repeatedly attempts to sing into the Champ! Cone, only to succumb to temptation and sneak a bite from the top of the cone. The “film crew” eventually walks off the set, leaving Elliot to finish the video on his own.

After two rounds of voting by the public, the video was voted into the top 10, earning the team free custom Minnesota Twins jerseys and vouchers for ice cream from Blue Bunny. Their entry then proceeded to the finals, where it eventually won the $5,000 prize and free tickets to the Twins game on September 17.

Since senior Dave De Wit is currently enrolled in the Los Angeles Film Studies Program, he had to make a special trip to Minneapolis to watch the game and video and help lead the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

The contest video is not the first for these young men: Elliot took digital media classes during his college years and participated annually in Dordt’s Prairie Grass Film Challenge. De Wit’s team, “Duck, Duck, Goose! Creations,” claimed Best in Show last year, and in two previous film challenges the team’s entries placed second.


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