Department News (10-21-13)

dante's hamletStudent Emmy Awards
The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) hosted its 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards Gala and Auction on Saturday, October 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, in partnership with the Arizona Cardinals.
In the professional category, Brad Barber’s Beehive Stories film, Iron County, won the Interstitial award.
In the student category, Dante’s Hamlet (produced by Brynn Zimmer and directed by Babetta Kelly) won four awards (Student Writing, Student Talent, Student Photography, and Student Editing); Dance (produced by Erin Anderson and directed by Eric Pasternak) won one (Student Directing), and Mr. Bellpond (produced by Nick Dixon and directed by A. Todd Smith) won one (Student Long Form for Fiction or Non Fiction).
The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a membership organization dedicated to excellence in television by honoring exceptional work through the prestigious EMMY(r) Award. They are the only professional association representing television professionals from all disciplines of the industry, serving as the common meeting ground for individuals dedicated to advancing the art and science of television. The Chapter region serves Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and El Centro, California.


The BYU Media Arts Program had the opportunity to hold the second episode of the reverse angle podcast series on Thursday October 17th at 5pm. The host Kohl Glass, interviewed BYU alumni Ryan Little, about his experience working on all the many projects that got him to where he is now. The forum was open to all BYU students, specifically Media Arts students, but several Utah residents also came to show their support for Ryan LittleKohl and Ryan chatted for about 30 minutes. Listeners learned about how Ryan went from directing a student film, The Good War, to directing a feature length war movie, Saints and SoldersRyan gave great advice to all filmmakers, especially the importance of paying your dues. Ryan stressed the fact that everyone has to start somewhere, and even if it means working long hours for free, you are getting experience you can’t get anywhere else. It was fun to see the relationship the two have, and how Kohl looks up to Ryan and admires all he has been able to do. The audience then got a chance to ask Ryan questions, and after the podcast was done, they had to the chance come down and personally talk to Ryan.  He gave advice and tips on how to get their career started. Overall the podcast was a success and we are looking forward to more in the future. If you are interested in hearing what Ryan Little had to say, the podcast will soon be online at and available to download on iTunes.


Microburst Theatre Festival
This Wednesday, we encourage you to join us for the Microburst Theatre Festival, seven 10-minute plays by seven student playwrights, which will be performed this week only in the Margetts Theatre.   George says, “You’ll find these plays funny and thought provoking. They are delightful! It’s the first time you will see these characters come to life. Come support the work of these talented student writers. You’ll laugh and cry, and you’ll be glad you came!”  To meet a few of the playwrights, click on the video below.


George Nelson and Tim Threlfall attended the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conference last week in Manhattan where they saw nine top new musicals. (FYI, George was not impressed with Orlando Bloom’s version of Romeo).  Tim participated in a panel at the conference,  representing what BYU is doing to  support new musicals.  Tim and George met with the leading producers of new musicals from around the country.   NAMT’s mission is to advance musical theatre by nurturing the creation, development, production and presentation of new musicals, and to provide a forum for musical theatre professionals to share resources and exchange information. 


Last Wednesday, Oct. 16, the TMA full-time faculty met with President Cecil Samuelson and Vice Presidents Jim Gordon and Brent Webb for lunch.  Dean Stephen Jones also attended.  Chair Amy P. Jensen welcomed every one, and VP Gordon invited Mary Farahnakian and Rory Scanlon to share their stories of how they came to teach at BYU.  Then while everyone ate lunch, the floor was opened up for questions.   The department shared a sheet with the university administration that highlighted our goals, the accomplishments of our students, and updates on faculty responsibilities and scholarship.  For a copy of the sheet, click here.


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