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COM Students, Alum Recognized By NATAS Emmy® Awards
May 01, 2020


Alumni Outcomes | Student Success

This week, A 3D story by Colin Marr '19 on graffiti art in Worcester was recognized by the Boston/New England National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Marr's work won the student production award in the Light News category. 

"Colin did a great job showing visually how fascinating this 3D graffiti art really is," says Jerry Gibbs, professor of Communication. "He had a great conversational tone to his delivery and decided to get 'old school' 3D glasses to actually show viewers why the art was so unique. He put the glasses ON the camera lens to get that effect. I also loved how he had his interview subjects put the glasses on and then got their reactions! All around I thought this was a great story."

Marr's story was also named a finalist this year in the Feature Package category at the 57th Annual Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition led by the National Electronic Media Association. 

A short film created by other communication students, "Me, Myself, and I," also received an Honorable Mention in the Short Film/Fiction category for NATAS annual awards program. Though based on a screenplay by Patricia Wani '19, the short film was produced through a class collaboration with direction from Padrick Ritch, assistant professor, film production. The course, RED Camera Film Production, allows students a unique opportunity to work as independent filmmakers. Together, students manage a budget, rent cameras, technical gear, and lighting, as well as scout locations and hold acting auditions.

The new awards top a list of dozens of industry nominations and winning entries for the communication program at Curry.