2 from Media Production take top honors at BEA festival

Two students who learned their craft in the School of Communication’s Media Production program took top honors at the 2010 Festival of Media Arts awards in Las Vegas on April 16.

Dave Dorsey, a senior majoring in Media Production, and Ian Weir, a Media Production alumnus now pursuing graduate studies at FSU’s Film School, won two of the 16 Best of Festival awards given to students and faculty. Of the 16 Best of Festival winners, Dorsey was one of two also honored with a Chair’s Award for overall excellence.

Dorsey’s video, “Inner Demon,” was one of more than 100 submitted to the Student Video Competition: Animation Category. He produced the video in his first semester RTV 3260/Single Camera Production course. View Dorsey video.

Weir’s video, “Imagine Green,” was one of a series of public service announcements about energy efficiency developed in the first year of a grant from FSU’s Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability. Dr. Andy Opel, an associate professor and the principal investigator, recruited Weir to the grant project. “Imagine Green” was submitted in the Faculty Video Competition: Commercial/Public Service Announcement Category.

A total of 840 entries were submitted this year, 150 from faculty and 690 from students. Of those, 185 were accepted into the festival, 39 faculty works and 146 student works representing 76 colleges and universities. Entries were submitted in audio, video, documentary, interactive media, news, scriptwriting, sports and two-year and small colleges categories.

The awards include $1,000 and AVID video-editing software. The festival was held concurrently with the Broadcast Education Association’s 8th annual convention in Las Vegas.