03/06/03 - Reinhardt Communication Students Win National Telly Awards
Professor Rachel Lyon (left) with Ryan Scholl and Vanessa Barfield.
an awards program where winners include A&E, The History Channel,
DreamWorks and the Discovery Channel, Reinhardt College can now be
included. Five Reinhardt Communication Arts students have been awarded
as finalists in the Telly Award national competition.
was awarded for his documentary entitled "A Tale of Two Brothers,"
which focused on his relationship with his brother Rick, who is 17 years
older. The documentary short focuses on how both Ryan and Rick have
coped with the loss of their mother, while Ryan was just in high school.
was a tough film to make. At times the story seemed too hard to tell,
but with guidance from Professor Lyon, I found my way through the maze,"
said Scholl, a graduating senior.
graduate Lisa Musgrove and her team including Jenny Lamb, Heather Byers,
and Vanessa Barfield were recognized for their short documentary, "All
Dolled Up", a look inside the world of child beauty pageants and how it
affects both the children and the parents who participated. Musgrove
said they chose the topic because "we wanted to get into their heads and
see why they chose this lifestyle for themselves and their kids. We
went in with an open mind and listened to what these people had to say."
The crew was allowed tremendous
access, "We were allowed backstage with the parents, inside the dressing
rooms where the children were getting their hair and makeup done, and
we put microphones on the parents and kids during the pageants to catch
their reactions," Musgrove said.
graduating from Reinhardt, Musgrove has stayed in her hometown of
Canton, and she currently works as the Public Information Officer for
Cherokee County Fire-Emergency Services.
"I am so
glad I got the opportunity to make this documentary, and that myself
and my group were honored with an award for a project that we are so
proud of," Musgrove said.
Both projects were done
as part of classes taught by Reinhardt's Director of Media Arts Rachel
Lyon, who counts her Telly Awards along with her Emmy and international
"As a teacher, it is extremely
gratifying for my students to compete with 11,000 other people and win
among a such a strong group of such excellent filmmakers, college
students, as well as professional companies. It gives them a truly
professional achievement for their resume," said Lyon. "Most of all,
these awards show that these students have really succeeded in getting
their message across to others."
Awards was founded in 1980, to showcase and give recognition to
outstanding non-network and cable commercials. The competition was
expanded several years ago to include film and video productions.