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Film students win Two Platinum - Best in Show Aurora Awards

  • Published: Jun 17, 2015 8:15AM

Taylor University Film and Media Production students have won two “Platinum - Best in Show” recognitions from the Aurora Awards, an international film and video competition for commercials, cable programming, documentaries, and corporate videos.

The first Platinum winner was a video titled Grant’s Got Talent, a semester-long program sponsored by the Grant County Economic Growth Council. The program teaches manufacturing skills, providing qualified applicants for jobs in Grant County. Producer Trent Stegink, director Angel Cartwright and editor Cadeau Juraschek are all 2015 Film and Media Production graduates.

“I was very impressed with the students who worked on this project," said Charity Bailey, client for the production. "They took the job and the Grant’s Got Talent program seriously and produced an outstanding piece that we can use in many different venues.”

The second project recognized as Best in Show was created for Circles of Grant County, an organization that engages people and communities to find long-term solutions to poverty. Andrew Sprock, client for the project, said, “The students listened well to what we wanted, and really worked with me, offering input to mold the vision for the project. I’m thrilled with what they produced.”

Producer Sarah Topp ’15, director Abbie Brewer ’16 and editor Mike Metzler ’15 created the documentary by following a woman who endeavors to leave poverty behind with the help of two mentor-friends.

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to create a video for such an inspiring organization," said Topp. "I loved getting to work with my talented team and our client, Andrew Sprock, as well as serve the larger Circles program."

Metzler said, “It's great seeing our hard work pay off and seeing that the project is having an impact beyond Taylor.”

Both winning videos were final projects in the fall 2014 Producing for Clients class, a designated service-learning course at Taylor, encouraging community involvement.