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Digital Media Fest celebrates entries, creativity

From blogging and music to videos and social networking, digital media is at its most accessible. LSU students are no strangers to the technology associated with digital media, and this year, participants in the Digital Media Fest showcased their creative talent.


A panel of three judges tally the scores of the students' presentations. The presentations were a new component to this year's Digital Media Fest.
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The Student Digital Media Fest is sponsored by LSU Communication across the Curriculum, or CxC, a national award-winning program that helps LSU students of all majors improve their writing, speaking, visual and technological communication skills. This was the fifth year for the annual Media Fest, purposed to celebrate the creative and intellectual digital media work LSU undergraduates are producing in and out of the classroom.

The Digital Media Fest seems to have found its groove, as this was its biggest year yet.

"It started in 2006 as a film festival, with 18 entries," said Joey Watson, coordinator for Communication across the Curriculum. "We were trying to create a venue for students only."

Each year, the fest has grown and now accepts all forms of digital media including animation and art, film and video, informational and promotional, and photography. This year, there were 151 entries.

The fest introduced a new feature this year, enabling all of the entries to be viewed online for public voting. Viewers were asked to give entries a star rating of one to five stars. These scores were tallied for an "Audience Choice Award."

Judges utilized the website, too, scoring each entry based on technical criteria. A panel of 45 faculty and industry experts judged all of the entries. The judges' scores were then used to determine which students and entries made it into the final round.

The top scorers in each category were named as finalists.


Art freshman Hunter Esmon gives his presentation for his "Key Foundations Promotional Video," under the Informational & Promotional category.
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Academic / Extra-Curricular Gumbo
· Lorin Stumph, art junior, for "Salome Update"
· Kadie Tardo, art junior, for "International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC)"
· Beth Nowacki, industrial engineering senior, for "Transatlantic Climate Bridge"
· Kourtney Mccloskey, art senior, for "Bird Trap"

Creative Animation & Art
· Cathryn Kinler, art sophomore, for "Loyalty Knows no Species"
· Brandon Crist, mass communication senior, for "Refraction & Shadows"
· Jonathan Hewitt, history senior, for "A White Dream"

Film & Video
· Jessica Plauche, art junior, for "A Mid Summer's Eve"
· Max Zoghbi, psychology senior, for "Who Are You?"
· James Rodger, history junior, for "A Question: Heaven"
· Elizabeth Shaw, communications studies sophomore, for "Miss Emily's Apple Bread"

Informational & Promotional
· Sarah Navoy, mass communication senior, for "New Conditions, New Job: A look at the oil spill …"
· Clint Self, management freshman, for "ALC LiveUpdate"
· Dave Dixon, art junior, for "A promotional video for bike riding in Baton Rouge"
· Hunter Esmon, art freshman, for "Key Foundations Promotional Video"

Photography
· Elizabeth Barrett, freshman, for "Of All Evil"
· Laney Mcgarry, human ecology sophomore, for "Sister"
· Emily Slack, mass communication junior, for "Silk Climber"

Technical & Scientific
· James Catalano, architecture junior, for "_digital_graffiti"
· Leland Howe, landscape architecture senior, for "Construction of Millennium Bridge"
· Amanda Scott, art senior, for "Phalaenopsis"

For the final round, the selected finalists went on to compete in a presentation round on March 29-31. During the presentations, the students were scored on their ability to present and sell their project to a community panel. The presentation scores were combined with their technical scores to determine the final winner in each category.

"This is the first year for the presentations," Watson said. "It's interesting to hear them talk about their entries. It makes it a two-fold competition."

Watson said the finalists were given an opportunity to practice their presentations in the CxC studio, for optional feedback.

"That is a strong part of what we're trying to teach," he said. "We want students to know we're an available resource."

In addition to the finalist awards, the winners of the Dean's Scholarship Awards were given to the highest scorer in each college.

Academic / Extra-Curricular Gumbo

WINNER: Kadie Tardo, art junior, for "International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC)"
Prize: HD Flip Cam valued at $230 from sponsors at CDW

RUNNER-UPS:
· Kourtney Mccloskey, art senior, for "Bird Trap"
· Beth Nowacki, industrial engineering senior, for "Transatlantic Climate Bridge"
· Lorin Stumph, art junior, for "Salome Update"

Creative Animation & Art

WINNER: Cathryn Kinler, art sophomore, for "Loyalty Knows no Species"
Prize: $250 gift card from Elite Educational Sponsor, B&H

RUNNER-UPS:
· Brandon Crist, mass communication senior, for "Refraction & Shadows"
· Jonathan Hewitt, history senior, for "A White Dream"

Film & Video

WINNER: Elizabeth Shaw, communications studies sophomore, for "Miss Emily's Apple Bread "
Prize: FireStudio Mobile valued at $299 from sponsors at Presounus

RUNNER-UPS:
· Jessica Plauche, art junior, for "A Mid Summer's Eve "
· James Rodger, history junior, for "A Question: Heaven"
· Max Zoghbi, psychology senior, for "Who Are You? "

Informational & Promotional

WINNER:Sarah Navoy, mass communication senior, for "New Conditions, New Job: A look at the oil spill…"
Prize: $250 gift card from Elite Educational Sponsor, B&H

RUNNER-UPS:
· Dave Dixon, art junior, for "A promotional video for bike riding in Baton Rouge"
· Hunter Esmon, art freshman, for "Key Foundations Promotional Video"
· Clint Self, management freshman, for "ALC LiveUpdate"

Photography

WINNER: Elizabeth Barrett, freshman, for "Of All Evil"
Prize: 24x30 gallery wrap print valued at $160 from sponsors at CanvasPress.com

RUNNER-UPS:
· Laney Mcgarry, human ecology sophomore, for "Sister "
· Emily Slack, mass communication junior, for "Silk Climber"

Technical & Scientific

WINNER: James Catalano, architecture junior, for "_digital_graffiti"
Prize: $200 gift card from Elite Educational Sponsor, B&H

RUNNER-UPS:
· Leland Howe, landscape architecture senior, for "Construction of Millennium Bridge"
· Amanda Scott, art senior, for "Phalaenopsis"

Dean's Awards

The Dean's Awards are sponsored by individual college deans and are awarded to the top technical scorers in each college, irrespective of category.

College of Art & Design Dean's Award
Cathryn Kinler, art sophomore, for "Loyalty Knows no Species"
$150 scholarship award

E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean's Award
Clint Self, management freshman, for "ALC LiveUpdate"
$300 scholarship award

College of Science Dean's Award
Charles Moore, computer science senior, for "Greek Temple Scene"
$150 scholarship award

College of Engineering Dean's Award
Beth Nowacki, industrial engineering senior, for "Transatlantic Climate Bridge"
$150 scholarship award

College of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean's Award
Jonathan Hewitt, history senior, for "A White Dream "
$300 scholarship award

Manship School of Mass Communication Dean's Award
Sarah Navoy, mass communication senior, for "New Conditions, New Job: A look at the oil spill … "
$300 scholarship award

College of Music & Dramatic Arts Dean's Award
Michael Martin, theater senior, for "One Planet / One People"
$150 scholarship award

Audience Choice Award
The Audience Choice Award is awarded to the entry with the most star votes (online public voting via www.DigitalMediaFest.lsu.edu), irrespective of category.

WINNER: Laney Mcgarry, human ecology sophomore, for "Sister "
Prize: $200 gift card $200 gift card to Amazon.com from friends of LSU CxC