Daniel Yocum is the winner of the 2011 High School Video Contest with his “Rocky Strong” video “championing” our fair city on behalf of Paducah Bank.
Yocum took home a cash prize and a film honor, which perhaps will be one of many as he looks to a future behind the camera.
“I’ve been directing since I was six years old,” he says. “It all started with spy action movies and puppet shows. If I were to say directing is a hobby of mine, I would be lying. It’s a lifestyle. I’m constantly shooting short films all around Paducah. There is no doubt that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” Yocum, with the help of his intrepid videographers, Joey and Zach Bender, set his Paducah dedication to those memorable strains of the first Rocky movie. He then donned his Rocky sweats and took off down the streets and up the courthouse steps to mimic the classic scene of Sylvester Stallone training for his big bout in the 1976 break-out beginning to the ultimate Rocky series.
“I knew I wanted a definite theme this year. I’m a huge movie buff, so spoofing a movie seemed like a fun idea,” says Yocum. “I’m honestly not sure where I came up with Rocky. The theme is sort of ingrained in the subconscious of every American, so I knew people would understand and maybe get a laugh out of it too.”