Another media, journalism and film production is gaining ground in the student Emmy award market. The short film “Mara” is a finalist in the dramatic film category for the 36th College Television Awards. Submissions undergo a three-round judging process, culminating in a Blue Ribbon panel that awards first, second and third prizes. “Mara” has moved on to the Blue Ribbon panel.
The retro-noir film was a student project that debuted at the 2014 electronic arts student showcase. Set in the dystopian Mara City, the film follows an ex-government soldier on a mission to complete one last job for a mysterious old flame. It was written and directed by Taylor High and produced by April Clore, Wes Walker and Evan Pollock.
Other crew included:
- Josh Pfaff, director of photography
- Cara Eckert, production designer
- Tyler Durham, original score
- Sam Houston, costume and hair and makeup
- MSU professors Diana Botsford, Mark Biggs and Colby Jennings, executive producers
- Brian Anderson
- Melissa Young
- Maggie Knoedelseder
- Jon Herbert
- Shawn Young
- Ryan Robinson
- Teri Austin
About the College Television Awards
The nationwide competition awards more than 65 trophies in 13 different categories. Entries are judged by active Television Academy members. Winners in all categories receive cash awards and a trip to Los Angeles for the Nominee Summit at the Television Academy, where they are exposed to industry professionals and undergo development workshops. Students also become part of the Television Academy Foundation alumni network, which provides access to year-round networking opportunities and events.