The University of La Verne’s LVTV-3 Community Television public access station was recognized for its work with two first place awards and five finalists recognized at this year’s Western Area Video Excellence Awards earlier this month in San Jose.
The awards go to the best public access television productions in the western United States.
“This says we are not amateur filmmakers anymore, but we are becoming professional filmmakers now,” said Marie Tabarez, a junior broadcast major and one of the winners for the public service announcement for sunscreen called “Sizzlin’.”
“I could not even imagine, being in an intermediate class, that I would qualify at all,” Tabarez said.
Tabarez’s crewmates included sophomore TV broadcast majors Kaitlin Hollingsworth and Daniel Bateman.
“Film awards give us a sense of recognition. When you get recognized, it makes you want to work harder,” Hollingsworth said.
Finalists were helped in many aspects of their craft by Professors of Communications Don Pollock and Mike Laponis and Radio-TV Operations Manager Shane Rodrigues.
“I didn’t even know that Don had entered us (in the competition) until he e-mailed us telling us we were finalists,” Hollingsworth said.
Sophomores McKinley Pollock and Anthony Troli also won a WAVE award for entertainment/variety program for “Party Foul,” a humorous story about two friends’ misadventures as they try to have a fun night out.
“I’m proud of it because it’s a cool achievement more than anything else,” Pollock said. “It’s something good to put on a resumé.”
Despite the great accomplishment of receiving a WAVE award, in the end most of the students remain more interested in the art of filmmaking.
“It’s nice that we won, but I wouldn’t say it makes (the film) more of an accomplishment,” Hollingsworth said. “I’m still learning a lot.”
“I feel like your film should be a testament to your creativity,” Pollock said. “You should be trying to say something with it. I’d still be proud even if we hadn’t won the award.”
Others whose projects earned finalist spots for their videos include communications students Laura Acevedo, Kai Groschupf and Daniella Villegas, and LVTV Public Access Coordinator Christopher Hruby.
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