BVU Students Develop Digital Media Festival

BVU Students Develop Digital Media Festival

A Buena Vista University class is developing a juried event that will offer high school students from Iowa and the multi-state region an opportunity to showcase their creative digital media talents and win $2,000 scholarships.

The idea for the “SHOWOFF Student Media Festival” was conceived by a group of four students in the Integrated Media Campaigns class taught last spring by Jerry Johnson, assistant professor of digital media, says Grace Bodey, a junior digital media and graphic design/visual communication double major from Belvidere, Ill.

This fall, students in the Media Project capstone course taught by Dr. Bruce Ellingson, professor of digital media, have been taking that project to the implementation stage. The festival is scheduled for Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the BVU Art Gallery at Social Sciences & Art Hall. Bodey, who is mass media manager for the project, said they plan to make the festival an annual event.

The digital media categories for the event are: Static Photography, Slideshow Photography, Original Video, Video Remix, Audio Mash-Ups, and Original Audio. The festival will include workshops, campus tours, and a showcase of the entries. Deadline for entries is Nov. 1.

One $2,000 BVU scholarship will be awarded in each category, as well as one $2,000 BVU scholarship for a student selected from the pool of category winners.

Clair Lynn, a student in the capstone course who was also in Johnson’s class, says he wanted his students to create an event from the ground up, including everything from concept, purpose and scope to t-shirts and a production schedule. She is a senior media studies major from Farragut.

The other students in Johnson’s class who developed the concept included Bailey Schafbuch, a senior communication and performance studies - corporate communication major from Madrid, and two May graduates, Katelyn Knobbe and Sadie Quist.

“We want to inspire our students by giving them an opportunity to tell a story using professional, technical and critical skills,” says Johnson. “Our goal is the planning of the event and encouraging students to collaborate with each other in using different media to tell a story.”

“Our capstone media class is bustling with anticipation for this event,” says Bodey. “Everyone has specific responsibilities as we tackle the production schedule and make sure judges are selected, press kits are sent, high schools receive encouragement to submit, and entries are archived correctly. We all feel that we are contributing to a greater cause, and it’s really motivating to know how real-world this experience is proving to be.”

BVU students in the capstone course in addition to Bodey and Lynn are: Kylie Swanson, senior English and media studies double major from Coin; David Ekstrom, senior digital media major from Odebolt; Paige Miller, junior digital media/graphic design double major from Sheridan, Wyo.; Katy Rubino, senior digital media major from Story City; Miranda Klingenberg, senior media studies major from Armstrong; Tyler McDanel, senior history and digital media double major from Storm Lake; April Allen, senior history and digital media double major from Sioux City.

Entries should be submitted online. All entries must be published to a Web site such as YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, or Flickr, and the URL to the piece must be provided in the entry form.

Information can also be found in the SHOWOFF Facebook group and on Twitter.