Fairfield University Media Center wins three Telly Awards, Student video secures a fourth Telly


Three videos produced by the Fairfield University Media Center have been selected to receive Silver and Bronze Telly Awards in the 25th Annual Telly Awards competition. A video produced by a Fairfield University student also won a Bronze Telly.

Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards honor non-network and cable productions and commercials. The awards receive more than 10,000 entries annually. Judges rate each entry on a 10-point scale. Entries with a score of 9 or higher receive the highest honor, a Silver Telly, while entries scoring a 7 to 9 receive a Bronze Telly.

"The awards we have received point to the creative and skilled talents of our staff," said Fr. James Mayzik, S.J., director of the Media Center. "The Media Center's production capability for video, graphics and web design rivals the best production houses in the metropolitan area. It's great to have such a resource right on campus!"

The Media Center won the prestigious Silver Telly for its "Lyons Lademann Athletic Fund 2004 Promotional," a 30-second spot developed for the Fairfield University Development Office and shown at Fairfield University's home basketball games, played at the Arena at Harbor Yard sports facility in Bridgeport, Conn. By highlighting on-campus athletic facilities, the video encourages attending fans to contribute to the fund, which supports the Fairfield University athletics department.

The Center won a Bronze Telly for "The Runner," which was also produced for Development as a kick-off piece for the final phase of Fairfield University's capital campaign. The video opens early morning with an unknown, hooded runner jogging on campus.

Interspersed with interviews of administrators, major contributors, faculty and staff on what the capital campaign has achieved so far, are shots of the jogger passing new buildings or facilities that have been built or added as a direct result of the capital campaign. In essence, the jogger represents the progress of the campaign. At the end of the video, the jogger runs up to the camera and lowers his hood. It is Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., president of Fairfield University. He addresses the camera directly, asking the audience to join him in this final phase of this hard-won campaign.

Also winning a Bronze Telly was "The Quick Center 2004 Promotional," a 30-second spot developed by the Media Center as a direct marketing tool for the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. This promo is also shown during Fairfield University's home basketball games. Tongue-in-cheek, Quick Center Director Tom Zingarelli is rejected one audition after another until he abandons any theatric ambitions and assumes a basketball star persona.

A third Bronze Telly was awarded to "Bridgeport and the Railroad," a 30-minute video produced by Fairfield University senior Bridget Lake. Lake, a resident of Topsham, Me., is pursuing a major in history and a minor in television, film, and radio. Through interviews with local historians and Fairfield University history professors, her video documents the railroad's impact in changing an agricultural-based municipality to a bustling city during the 19th Century.

The Fairfield University Media Center was founded more than 20 years ago as a resource for faculty and staff, supplying multimedia equipment for the classroom, as well as teaching and support services for the University's media needs. The Center now provides video production; graphic design; equipment repair; AV systems design; non-linear editing; cable television down linking and broadcasting; and web production, design and streaming. The Center is also home to the academic program in new media film, television and radio of Fairfield University's Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 22, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 202