'Shattered Dreams' wins Lone Star EMMY Award
“Shattered Dreams,” a dramatic video telling of the fatal consequences of teenage drinking and driving, has won a Lone Star EMMY Award.
SATV City Videographer Brian Groves and Angelo State University Multimedia Specialist Brandon Whitford produced the 12-minute video. The pair collected iconic EMMY trophies at an awards banquet in San Antonio in November.
“Shattered Dreams” was one of six finalists for the Emmy in the category of “Children / Youth / Teen – Program / Special / Feature / Segment.” The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences serves all 19 television markets in Texas. The academy recognizes excellence in the television industry with its distinguished EMMY Award.
“When we were asked to be a part of this project, neither of us thought it would reach as many as people as has … much less ultimately be honored at the Lone Star EMMYs,” Groves said. “This is a tremendous honor not only for our planning team but for the entire city of San Angelo.”
“Shattered Dreams” was a collaborative effort between the City of San Angelo, ASU, the San Angelo Independent School District, local law enforcement and San Angelo’s two hospitals that aimed to promote responsible decision-making among high school students regarding underage drinking and impaired driving. It did so by fully immersing teens in a visual experience that combined a short film and a live element showing how irresponsible choices can end the dreams of young people and of others. The video can be viewed at youtube.com/CityofSanAngeloTx and on SATV, Suddenlink channel 17.
“This entire experience has been so exciting and, frankly, unexpected,” Whitford said. “Our aim from the beginning was to create a short film that would challenge students to think about the long-range impact of their decisions. What an honor – not only to receive such an awesome award but to have worked with a team of amazing people that truly care about young people in our city.”
“Shattered Dreams” also won the Kurt Ugland Programming Impact Award from the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors on Nov. 2. The award honors the video that “most influenced people’s perceptions by touching their hearts and minds.”
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The Public Information Office won first- and second-place trophies against the largest cities in the state at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers’ conference June 8.
The City won first place in the Public Service Announcement (Marketing) category for “I Do This for You: Officer Stephen Guevara.” The piece stars Guevara poignantly talking about why he became a San Angelo police officer. City Videographer Brian Groves produced the 73-second video with help from video intern Ethan Lankford and Angelo State University videographer Brandon Whitford.
The Public Information Office also won a second-place Award of Excellence in Public Service Announcement (Educational). “Fit City: Running” highlights some of San Angelo’s favorite running paths, including the Concho River walk, San Angelo State Park and the Red Arroyo Trail. Also produced by Groves, it featured Public Information Officer Anthony Wilson, his wife Christina and Finance Director Tina Dierschke, footage by Lankford, and drone shots by A.J. Deardorff, the City’s Informational Technology network engineer.
Both awards were for cities of at least 100,000 people. The videos can be viewed at youtube.com/CityofSanAngeloTx.
“Brian is a TAMIO rock star,” Wilson said. “That status is well-deserved. His technique is impeccable, his approach is cinematic and his storytelling is compelling. San Angelo and our City colleagues are endless sources of visual gold; Brian never fails to make them shine.”
Groves also served as a panelist for a session on video equipment and as a commentator during the conference’s film festival highlighting top works by municipal videographers.
Wilson spoke about broadcasting City Council meetings live on Facebook during two sessions. San Angelo is the first Texas city to do so. The City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page has one of the state’s largest municipal followings with 25,000 likes. A TAMIO board member, Wilson also facilitated a session on drone regulations.
“That information professionals statewide look to a two-man office in San Angelo as a source of expertise and inspiration is amazing,” Wilson said. “We’re running with the big dogs. Or maybe, as my boss told me, they’re running with us.”
An affiliate of the Texas Municipal League, TAMIO provides professional development for public information officers, and promotes active cooperation and the exchange of information and ideas among its membership.
In February 2017, the Public Information Office won five advertising awards at the local American Advertising Awards banquet:
- Judge's Commendation: I Do This For You
- Judge's Commendation: Try Something New, San Angelo Parks
- Gold Award: I Do This For You
- Gold Award: Try Something New, San Angelo Parks
- Silver Award: Did Your Butt Start This Fire?