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Alumnus Nathan Cabaniss Honored with Bronze Telly Award


Nathan Cabaniss films Galetea.
Nathan Cabaniss '09 works on self-directing and filming his short film "Galetea." Cabaniss was recently awarded a Bronze Telly Award for the film, which was one of the first student projects to be shot in High Definition (HD) in Reinhardt's Producing and Directing course.

Nathan Cabaniss '09 is not short on talent; he is, however, talented on short...films that is. He was recently awarded a Bronze Telly Award for his short film "Galatea," which was one of the first student projects to be shot in High Definition (HD) in Reinhardt College's Producing and Directing course.

Tell me about the Tellys!
The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, its mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting and supporting creativity. The Telly Awards receive thousands of entries each year from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Adding Credibility to His Career
On receiving the award, Cabaniss, a resident of Lawrenceville, Ga., feels as though it adds credibility to his chosen career. "It is extremely gratifying. Winning an award for what I love to do certainly brings my dream of doing this as a career a big step closer to becoming a reality. Receiving such an honor affirmed my faith in myself and my abilities, and it stands as proof that I'm following the right path."

Dr. Pamela Wilson, Reinhardt associate professor of communication, shares Cabaniss' sentiments. "During his four years at Reinhardt, I have witnessed the single-minded passion for cinematic storytelling that Nathan possesses. Intense, introspective and brooding, he has always known that telling stories through film was his ideal career path. Nathan is an exceptional creative writer who, when taking classes in digital media production, discovered the synergy of both writing and directing, merging the verbal and the visual.  He also acts, and has played the main role in many of his film projects. I anticipate that we will see Nathan's work on the big screen very soon."

Cabaniss' "Galetea"
Cabaniss' award-winning project "Galatea" is a short film that borders on reality and fiction to create a tapestry of sound, color and mood to attempt to explain the relationship between an artist and his art. With allusions to Greek mythology, classical literature, and other works of inspiration, "Galatea" weaves in and out of genre and time to explain why the artist feels compelled to share this relationship to the world.

"Without Reinhardt and all of the resources it provides, winning this award would not have been possible," Cabaniss explained. "From the state-of-the-art editing lab to the high-end video and filming equipment, Reinhardt has proven that you don't have to go to a big school to receive proper training and education. And the communications department faculty, staff and instructors are quite honestly the best of the best; no other school can beat the teacher-student dynamic that Reinhardt excels at."

Where is he now?
His endeavors since graduating from Reinhardt have included serving as a production assistant on the CBS reality competition TV show "There Goes the Neighborhood," which was filmed locally in the Legacy Park neighborhood of Kennesaw, Ga. Cabaniss currently works as in intern for Gwinnett TV, the local cable station for Gwinnett County.

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