Two student-produced videos have earned Ohio University Communications and Marketing (UCM) two DV Awards.
An international competition, the DV Awards celebrate outstanding creative and technical achievements in the field of digital video production. The awards are presented each spring and fall, and the fall 2015 awards saw UCM take home top honors in the student work category.
UCM student video producer Jake Lawson was honored for a one-minute video he produced, directed and edited on OHIO’s Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC). Titled “What OHIO’s Career and Leadership Development Center is Actually Like,” the video, released in January 2015, highlights the numerous ways the center serves both students and alumni in their professional development.
The concept for the video was created via a partnership involving the CLDC, University Advancement Communication and Marketing, and the Ohio University Alumni Association.
“We brought our ideas to UCM, and they introduced us to Jake,” explained Hailee Tavoian, a coordinator with University Advancement Communication and Marketing. “He was so excited about our idea and really took it and ran with it.”
A senior majoring in integrated media in the Scripps College of Communication, Lawson is finishing his degree online while working as a camera operator and editor at VICE where he films and edits short packages for its upcoming network launch. He interned with the Miss Universe organization in New York City this past fall semester.
“Jake is a sharp, fun and incredibly creative professional,” Tavoian said. “His video production skills are well beyond his years, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with him. He has an eye for the aesthetics while he remains organized and efficient – a rare combination. We’ll be seeing his name up in lights someday.”
Former UCM student video producer Blake McDonald was presented a DV Award for a two-minute video he produced titled “Expect More: Values Based Policing with OUPD.” Released in February 2015, the video highlights the Ohio University Police Department’s commitment to providing top quality law enforcement services to the OHIO community and how the department operates on the core values of professionalism, humanity and integrity.
“Blake did a tremendous job producing our ‘Expect More’ video. He was knowledgeable, resourceful, and had great ideas to help us make the most of the video,” said OUPD’s Lt. Eric Hoskinson. “We are very proud of the video and greatly appreciate Blake’s hard work. We have gotten a lot of good feedback about the video, and numerous prospective OUPD applicants have attributed their interest in OUPD in part to the video.”
McDonald, a video production major, graduated from Ohio University this past May with a bachelor’s degree in communication. He is employed as a production technician at Peloton, a boutique cycle studio that records and streams its classes so cyclists at home can ride along with, or race, other cyclists throughout the world.
Another UCM student video producer, Tais Silva, was a finalist for a DV Award for a one-and-a-half-minute video she produced this past spring. Titled “Buddy the Therapy Dog,” the video features Rina Gould, a professional clinical counselor with OHIO’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) who also serves as the handler for Buddy, CPS’ emotional support dog.
Silva is a senior majoring in screenwriting and producing in the Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts and Studies.
“The UCM video team works with talented students every year, and Jake, Blake and Tais are no exception,” said David Urano, director of video and photography services at UCM. “We expect our students to produce videos with University clients as well as develop and create videos for OHIO social media. They do excellent work, as these awards attest, and we love working with them.”
Original article from Staff Reports
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