Belleville, Ontario, May 28, 2012 – Loyalist College is pleased to announce that it has won four awards at the 2012 Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC) Student Award Gala and Dinner on Saturday, May 26th in Ottawa. The videos produced by Loyalist students received first place in the categories of Drama, Comedy, Commercial or Promotion, and Short Corporate or Public Service Announcement. Loyalist students were recognized for their creativity and technical skills, cultivated through the College’s unique three-year Television and New Media Production (TVNM) Advanced Diploma program.
“We are so proud of our TVNM students and would like to congratulate them on winning one third of the 12 video awards,” said Jane Harrison, Dean of the School of Media Studies. “The talent, commitment and passion abundant in their films make me confident that they will make their mark in media across the country and around the world. Even before they graduate next month, they are impressing employers with their nationally-acclaimed portfolios.”
Best Video – Drama
Loyalist students Megan Crowe, and Jacob Cote were honoured with the Best Video – Drama award for Hiding, the gripping story of a young boy living in an occupied, war-torn town in the 1940s. Using a well-developed dramatic script and effective use of audio, the story reveals his family’s struggle in hiding and their efforts to protect the boy’s innocence and safety. Jacob directed and Megan produced the film, which was written by Ryan Harding. Ryan drafted the script in his first year, developed it in his second, and helped finalize it for production in his third year. To watch the video, please visit: www.vimeo.com/38875631
“Great locations added ambience and texture to the story. Nice execution of lighting and effective use of colour temperature to tell the story.”
Best Video – Comedy
Megan and Jacob, along with fellow students Adam Radziwinowski and Taylor Wood, won Best Video – Comedy award for their seven minute entry, Peter and Pals. Geared towards young children, the educational video follows a TVNM student as he interacts with marionettes against an animated backdrop. To watch the video, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/dyq6vlk
“Easily the best produced film of the lot. The quality of this production is full broadcast and would have seemed right at home on the Treehouse Network.”
Best Video – Commercial or Promotion
Third-year TVNM students Ian Beaton and Thomas Ridout were celebrated for Price Check, named the Best Video – Commercial or Promotion. Their two-minute video was successful in attracting public attention to sell a product or service. To promote the benefits of Price Check, the video brought the audience through a grocery store, using effective audio and visual, as well as good pacing and flow. To watch the video, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/6nxj3bo
“This entry stood out miles ahead of the other entrants in terms of writing, production values and performance from the talent. It had all the attributes of a professional production.”
Best Video – Short Corporate or Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Eric Metzloff, also a third-year TVNM student, won the Best Video – Short Corporate or PSA award for his video Drunk Driving. A community-oriented script, the film delivers a powerful message against driving under the influence of alcohol by using creative artistic ability and effective use of audio and visual.
"What really stood out for me is the sound design off the top. The mix and use of SFX for footsteps and jingling keys gave this video a very slick and professional feel.”
BEAC Student Awards recognize and reward the unique combination of creativity and technical excellence demonstrated by students in radio, television/video, and new media/animation taught in BEAC member institutions with 12 video and six audio awards. In addition, the best of the best is selected from both the audio and video categories and awarded the President’s Awards, which include a cash prize. The productions believed to reflect the highest standards exemplified by BEAC will be recognized in an hour-long television special to be aired next year.
Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs and 77 university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the College’s value is from students, 97 percent of whom say they would recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.
For more information contact:
Media Relations Specialist
613-969-1913 ext. 2536