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Winter 2012
Media arts students now have three separate award ceremo-
nies to showcase their work.
Before 2011, media arts students only had the Silver Fox
Awards to show their productions. But as students became
more creative, categories had to be added to the awards, in-
cluding radio reports and interactive media and gaming.
In 2010, the Media Arts Department finally decided the
Silver Fox Awards had gotten too long.
“We decided to divide up and have our own shows that fit
the student projects better,” professor Jeff Bass said. “Some
of us decided that maybe the projector in the Nelly Goletti
wasn’t the best way to show student work, like gaming.”
The department then introduced the Happy PXL Awards in
2009 where people can go and play the game that was created
and interact with the media the way they are supposed to.
The Marist Electronic Media Awards, or MEMAs, were
then introduced for the less entertainment-oriented produc-
tions such as news packages and commercials. These awards
are held in the Media Center.
The Silver Fox Awards remain in the Nelly Goletti Theater
and are reserved for student music videos and films, both
documentary and narrative.
“It seems to work better so for the foreseeable future, we will
have three shows,” Bass said.
Media Arts
Eleven high school juniors and seniors at-
tended Marist’s first Pre-College Digital
Movie-Making Program during the sum-
mer of 2011. They created a five-minute
film in two weeks.
Assistant professor of media arts Josh
Robbins led the event along with profes-
sor Jeff Bass, James Duryea, and Lee Walis
with students Mike Caiola, ’11, and Nick
Sortino, ’11, as teaching assistants.
“I loved it because we got to make mov-
ies the way movies are supposed to be
made,” Robbins said.
The students, along with Robbins, wrote
the script while taking intensive work-
shops in screenwriting, directing actors,
blocking and the breaking down of each
department. Once the script was written
and pre-production was finalized, they
created the film during three days of 12-
hour shoots. The students acted in the
film as well.
“One frustrating thing I find doing mov-
ies in college is that you also have four
other classes,” Robbins said. “It’s hard to
do production the way it is supposed to
be done.”
The film, called “Jack of Hearts,” was
shot in the studios on campus as well as
outside and around Poughkeepsie.
Robbins said. “When we did the edit-
ing, we made decisions together on
what shots looked the best.”
The students got an additional treat
when film director A. Sayeeda Clarke, a
friend of Robbins, traveled from New York
City to teach the students about how to
cast and direct actors in a film.
Robbins hopes to do the institute again
next year, although it may be a little more
challenging since Marist plans to reno-
vate the Lowell Thomas Communications
“By the end, the kids were really making
decisions based on knowledge,” Robbins
said. “It was a great time. I got a lot out
of it.”
Media arts provides new awards opportunities
Nick Stefanacci (in yellow shirt) and Cooper Heirakuji in “Jack of Hearts.”