HU/HUAZ students right there with ‘big boys’ at BEA media fest

Huntington University student Ben Crane, who was one of the Broadcast Education Association Festival’s first-place award recipients, holds the award presented for the film “Redshift.”
Huntington University student Ben Crane, who was one of the Broadcast Education Association Festival’s first-place award recipients, holds the award presented for the film “Redshift.” Photo provided.

Huntington University, including students and faculty from the Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts (HUAZ) location, earned enough honors and awards at the 2018 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts to tie for second in overall awards.

Huntington University competed against hundreds of other universities, including some of the largest schools in the country.

“This is the first year that both Huntington University and the HU Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts competed and took top honors at the BEA awards,” stated Dr. Lance Clark, associate dean of the arts at Huntington University. “This further demonstrates our collaborative passion for great storytelling along with the very best craft in film, broadcasting and animation. For example, one of our films called ‘Redshift’ took first place in the college narrative film category, competing against universities 20 times larger. To me this singlehandedly confirms the value of a private, faith-based liberal arts education where careful attention to story and craft is fully explored and developed.”

The Broadcast Educators Association Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. The competition ranges from dramatic narratives through non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia.

The top five awarded universities included No. 1, University of Oklahoma (14 awards); No. 2, Huntington University (13 awards) and University of North Texas (13 awards); No. 3, Arizona State University (11 awards); No. 4, Missouri State University (10 awards); and No. 5, University of North Carolina (8 awards).

“We focus on serving the campus and community through storytelling in our digital media arts programs,” said Adam Widener, visiting instructor of digital media arts/broadcast media at Huntington University. “It’s encouraging to see the BEA recognize some service-oriented student projects. We’re proud of the heart behind all the student projects receiving awards this year.”

This year also was significant for Huntington University’s animation program. In the Animation/Experimental/Mixed division, HU and HUAZ students earned first, second and third place honors, as well as an Award of Excellence.

“We were hoping our students would do well again at the BEA awards, but taking first, second and third place as well as an Award of Excellence, was an amazing affirmation of what we are doing in our program,” stated Bryan Ballinger, professor of digital media arts at Huntington University. “We are very proud of our students.”

Huntington University took home the following honors and awards:

Narrative/Live – Narrative Category
• Award of Excellence – Payton Dorothy and Andrew James, Huntington University; The Weekend.

• First Place – Abbey Frisco, Huntington University; Immeasurable Worship.

• First Place – Nikki Hines and Rebecca Strong, Huntington University; Dandelions.

• Second Place – Huntington University 2016 Junior Animation Class, Huntington University; Literary Themes.

• Third Place – Karli Melder, Huntington University; Do You Hear the Frogs?

• Award of Excellence – Caitlyn Chase, Staci Vandernaald, Nate Walker and David Weimer, Huntington University; Racial Identity PSA.

• Award of Excellence – Sarah Wickenhauser, Huntington University; My Journey Thus Far.

Narrative Category
• First Place (tie) – Ben Crane, Zachary J. McIntyre, Joel Livengood, Huntington University; Redshift.
Promotional Category

• First Place – Abbey Frisco, Rachel Hart, Joel Livengood and Jonathon Kane, Huntington University; 2017 DMA Sizzle Reel.

Radio Hard News Reporting
• Award of Excellence – Andrew Bower, Huntington University; Heroin in Huntington.

Mixed / Pedagogical (Teacher/Student Co-Production)
• Award of Excellence – Philip Wilson and Eric Luce, Huntington University Arizona; The Amazing Mortimer.

• Award of Excellence – Philip Wilson, Huntington University Arizona; The St. Francis Project Intro.
Spots Category

• Award of Excellence – Lisette Perez and Joseph McNichols, Huntington University Arizona; P83.