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July 3, 2006 SOU Media Arts students honored RVTV recognized in regional awards Staff reports Three students of the Southern Oregon University Media Arts program were recognized earlier this month as award winners in the 20th Annual Best o

SOU Media Arts students honored

RVTV recognized in regional awards

Staff reports

Three students of the Southern Oregon University Media Arts program were recognized earlier this month as award winners in the 20th Annual Best of the Northwest Video Awards Presented by the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Region. The 2006 Best of the Northwest Video Award winners were announced in early June, with four outstanding video productions from Rogue Valley Community Television (RVTV) receiving top awards, including those made by Media Arts students.

All videos are available for viewing on the Internet at www.roguetv.org and RVTV is planning to show all four winning “Best of the Northwest” entries on Monday, July 10 at 6pm and Wednesday July 12 at 8pm on RVTV Channel 9.

The Best of the Northwest Award honors exceptional public, education and government access television productions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Utah and Wyoming in the USA and Alberta and British Columbia in Canada.

The four award winning videos from SOU and RVTV are:

• Original Teleplay — “Beautiful” produced by Casey Pyke, SOU Media Arts Student,

• Local Events — “Imagination Village, produced by Ralph Bowman, an RVTV public access producer from Central Point.

• Documentary — “Hannon Library Mosaic”, produced by Howard Schreiber and Brian Planer, SOU Media Arts Instructor and Student, from Ashland.

• Video Art and Animation — “Elpie Blue” , produced by Casey Pyke, SOU Media Arts student, Ashland.

Casey Pyke, a 19 year old freshman from Sisters, OR, was the only person winning awards in two categories in the entire video festival. His program “Beautiful,” the Original Teleplay winning entry, is a comparison between the relationship of a gay and straight couple. The story reveals that each goes through the same hardships, shares the same love, and deserves the same respect as anyone else. Pyke says he was inspired to make the film, “to tell my family what I believe is right, something that I did not have the courage to do in person.”

Pyke, who is a Media Arts student at SOU, also won in the Video Art and Animation category for “Elpie Blue.” This is a story about a guitar player who plays nothing but sad music and meets a girl after singing his last song to a dying friend. The project took almost six months from start to finish and is completely computer generated. Pyke says the video was “meant to make the setting a dream version of my hometown and the characters were inspired by real life friends and situations.”

SOU Media Arts Instructor Howard Schreiber and Media Arts Senior Brian Planer combined their talents to produce the Documentary winning “Hannon Library Mosaic.” With the help of a grant from the SOU Foundation, Schreiber and Planer traveled to Ravena, Italy to observe the design and layout of the mosaic now installed in the newly-remodeled Hannon Library. This video showcases the project from start to finish, featuring a mosaic of international quality and beauty.

The final award winning video was produced by Ralph Bowman, a public access producer from Central Point. Bowman is a retired video production teacher who enjoys taping local events. “Imagination Village” was based on an auction to raise money for a new wing of the local hospital. According to Bowman, “Evergreen Federal commissioned six artists to create six ‘playhouses’ around various themes. The community was involved in providing decorations, materials, plantings and volunteering as guides to visitors, who came to see Imgination Village.” The actual auction of the “playhouses” was $121,000. Bowman has produced many other videos in the past and currently produces a program “Happenings in Josephine County.”

Between 250 and 300 entries are received each year for the Best of the Northwest Video Festival. With the addition of the four above noted entries, RVTV staff, SOU students and public access produces have claimed a total of 61 Best of the NW Video Awards since RVTV first submitted entries in 1991.

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