TeleProductions Earns Two Communicator Awards

By Brandon Koziol

Kent State’s own TeleProductions took home gold in the 19th annual Communicator Awards.

“I’m pleased that TeleProductions has received this accolade,” said Mark Bussey, the director of technology and TeleProductions. “It is an important validation that our work is recognized as award winning, a confirmation of our continued pursuit of excellence.”

Out of more than 6,000 entries from around the world, two of TeleProductions’ videos were among those honored by the judges.

The production company earned both a gold and silver award. The Gold Communicator Award recognized the video “The Kent State UXD Program,” a video that incorporates hand-drawn cartoons to help highlight the User Experience Design (UXD) concentration in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program in the School of Library and Information Science. The Silver Communicator Award honored the “Traveling Stanzas 2012: Blooming Thoughts,” an animation that brings a poem written by a third grade class to life.

The International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA) judged the videos and hand selected each. IAVA is a 600-member organization of professionals from leading media outlets like Disney and Time Inc.

“Winning these awards feels great,” said Graphic Designer Jim Hurguy. “It lets us know that the work we’re doing is appreciated and up to par with the work that those corporations are used to seeing.”

Hurguy worked closely Senior Media Specialist Shane Roach, who directed and produced the videos, and student graphic designers Brian Recktenwald and Alex Kurr.

For the “Kent State UXD Program” video, Roach explained how he wanted the commercial to help solidify the whole concept behind the program. He wrote the script around the idea of a person explaining what User Experience Design is all about while interacting with hand-drawn sketches. Since the program is based on user interaction and sketching out ideas, Roach thought this theme would be a perfect fit.

Traveling Stanzas 2012: Blooming Thoughts” was a video created for the Wick Poetry Center. Hurguy and Kurr took on the job of bringing the third-grade poem “Blooming Thoughts” to life through animation. Kurr came up with the idea of using a rotating globe to give the animation a different, 3-D look.

With hours of hard work poured into the videos, the awards represent a great testament for TeleProductions, Roach said.

“We can put this out there, and future clients and the university can see that we’re being recognized for exceeding standards,” Roach concluded.

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