In Awards and Achievements, Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Students

TMA students shine bright by being presented with multiple awards by faculty

These awards are a way for the faculty to honor those students who have been exemplary in their work and service to the department and to their peers this past year.

“We have excellent Media Arts students in this department.  We are always proud of their work, and a bit in awe of them to be honest.  But to achieve what they did this year, in particular, was really special, even for them!” said theatre and media arts Associate Chair Brad Barber. 

 

VERA HINCKLEY MAYHEW SCREENWRITING CONTEST

Several years before his death in 1973, Wayne E. Mayhew of Berkeley, California, established a trust fund to provide annual awards in creative writing and fine arts at Brigham Young University in honor of his wife, Vera Hinckley Mayhew, a former BYU student. This contest is run through the College of Humanities, and the Screenwriting Contest is judged by the Media Arts Writing Committee. This year’s Mayhew Screenwriting Winning Scripts were:

Feature Length Script: 

Winner: A Lovely Family, written by Claire Hatch

Short Script:

Winner: Best Swishes, written by Jennifer Baker

Runner-up: Benny, written by David Sant 

TV Spec Script: 

Winner: Superstore – Senior Discount Day, written by Rachel Oehler 

Web Series:

Winner: Liza and Her Boy, written by Claire Hatch

Runner-up: Bygones, written by Rachel Oehler

 

APERTURE MEDIA JOURNAL AWARDS

Due to the pandemic, the review & publication process for the Aperture journal was postponed for a time. Since the journal was on hiatus this year, we would like to recognize last year’s winners.

Screenplay

  1. Making Contact – Sam Burton
  2. Myth Understood – Liam Isaak
  3. Home Town – Elise Finlinson

New Media

  1. How Can I Help? – Dallin Penrod
  2. Radioland – Sam Burton

Essays

  1. Choice, Construction, and Conversation – Nathan Young
  2. The New Dada Movement on Youtube – Kayla Gough

 

EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA ARTS FICTION

The Fiction Production Area awards recognize students who have made a significant contribution to the production of fiction projects. We applaud their dedication, professionalism, mentoring and example. 

There are a number of factors that determine these awards; if you did not receive an award this year, please know that you are still appreciated!

The Fiction Faculty have awarded the following:

Blake Mower

Colin Phillips

Diana Jones

Ian Wood

Isaiah Rogers

Jonathan Rollins

Josh Garcia

Marcus Weathered

Mars Moreno

Claire Hatch

Matt Mitchell 

Max Wright

Parker Gehring

Eva Hansen

Rachel Oehler

Rachel Olson

Sarah-Ann Moran

Tanner Liddiard

Ysabeaux Ng

 

EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA ARTS NON-FICTION

The Non-Fiction Production Area awards recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the production of non-fiction projects during their time in the program. We applaud their dedication, professionalism, mentoring and example. The Non-Fiction Faculty have awarded the following:

Outstanding Students in Non-Fiction:

Sam Richins 

Sophia Prestwich 

Kate McKellar 

Excellence in Non-Fiction:

Lacey Duncan 

David Sant 

Anna Allred 

McKay Olsen 

Livia Demartini 

Skyler Sorenson

 

EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA CRITICAL STUDIES

The Media Arts Critical Studies Area awards students who demonstrate exceptional effort in analytical thinking and writing about film and media. Award recipients are now allowed—no, encouraged—to update all of their social media profiles to include the title “Critical Engager Extraordinaire.”  Seriously though, thank you for your hard work, and congratulations. The Critical Studies Faculty have awarded the following: 

Sam Burton

Cheyanne Elton

Elias Gold

Liam Isaak

Adia London

McCall McClellan

Ysabeaux Ng

Sheridan Shepherd

Nathan Tanner

Sophie Whitaker

 

EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA ARTS WRITING

The Writing Area Award recognizes seniors who have made a significant contribution to screenwriting efforts within the program. The Writing Committee has awarded the following:

Eva Hansen

Claire Hatch

Rachel Oehler

Josh Bauer

Micah Gandola

 

ANIMATION “YOU’VE DONE GOOD, KID” AWARD

The “You’ve Done Good, Kid” Award is given to Animation students whose work consistently goes above and beyond and quite often does so without recognition. Your faculty and peers recognize your excellence and look forward to watching you continue to shine as you transition from BYU out into industry.  This year’s winners are:

Kalen Stewart

Jenika Wimmer

Riki Kuniyuki-Hirahara

 

EXCEPTIONAL MEDIA ARTS TA/EMPLOYEES

The exceptional Media Arts Employee Award is given to TAs, RAs, and staff employees who have done a stellar job for the department. We are fully aware that your hard work helps keep our department running smoothly. Those listed below were nominated by their supervisors: 

James May

Elizabeth Harrison

Nathan Young

Claire Hatch

Clara Tsao

Jonathan Rollins

Nathan Tanner

Weber Griffiths

Liam Howard

Sam Burton

Lincoln Wagner

Sam Larson

Blake Knecht

Josh Garcia

Mamie Tonnies

Suzette Payne

Kennedy Koford

Parker Gehring

Isaiah Rogers

Liam Isaak

Jake McMaster

Jenna Woolley

Aarron Reupena

Heather Moser

 

EXCELLENT TMA FRONT OFFICE EMPLOYEES

This year we’d like to recognize the excellent work provided by our student front office staff in keeping the office running during the pandemic.  Their work was vital to keeping the department functioning during this time.  Their flexibility and adaptability was stellar, and they did it all with a great attitude and a smile!

Amanda Case

Brooklyn Dummar

Meridian Casalegno

Dinah Squire

Jessica McKee

Michaela Rappleyea

Monroe Matsen

 

THE MEDIA ARTS WOMEN AND FILM SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Women and Film Scholarship Award is a monetary award that supports the study of 1) the representations of women in film, television, and other moving image media and 2) the contributions of women to film, television, other moving image media industries, and film critical studies. The recipients of this award are: 

Jenna Schaelling

Claire Hatch

Ysabeaux Ng

Lacey Duncan

 

MEDIA ARTS OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD

CONGRATULATIONS to our five

Outstanding Student Award Winners!

Each of these students was selected due to their many contributions to the program, their excellent scholarship, and their exemplary citizenship. We are proud to announce the 2021 Media Arts Outstanding Students are: 

James May

Aarron Reupena

Jennifer Baker

Nathan Young

Elise Finlinson

We also had three Outstanding Student Finalists.  They are:

David Sant

Emma Spears

Suzette Payne

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