EMST’s Matthew Evans workshops TV pilot through prestigious Stowe Story Labs

Matthew Evans, Assistant Professor of Entertainment and Media Studies, recently had the honor of collaborating with some of the finest writers in the country through the Sidewalk Narrative Lab from Stowe Story Labs.

Evans career in screenwriting and active writing projects both guide his teaching content for EMST students. (Photo: Dayne Young)

The lab is typically hosted in conjunction with the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, though it was a virtual event this year.

“I was honored to be selected by the Stowe Story Labs, which are known for their fantastic workshops, top-notch industry mentors and its network of alumni,” Evans said. “It’s validating to have one’s work selected, and humbling to share it with other writers.”

The four-day program blends presentations, mentorships and discussion to help writers hone their crafts. The Stowe Story Labs requires participants to be invited. Only a few, including Evans, of more than 600 applicants were invited this year.

At the late-August virtual event, Evans presented his writing and received feedback from some other of entertainment’s best minds.

He brought his newly-written sci-fi pilot “Hellas” as a launching point for group brainstorming. It is an original one-hour television show set on Mars in the dystopic near-future.

Evans said the collaboration enhanced his work, especially the process of pitching it to industry mentors in the Sidewalk Narrative Lab.

“When pitching, you really have to strip away all that stuff that doesn’t matter—simply because you have to be so concise,” Evans said. “So, that level of focus was helpful in thinking about my main character, which then led to me rewriting some of the script’s scenes.”

Matthew Evans began teaching at Grady College in 2019.

Many of the broader lectures encouraged techniques that helped shape Evans and his future work, including lessons he plans to incorporate with his students in EMST at Grady College.

In particular, Evans cites expertise from David Pope, a script analyst. Pope encouraged authors to pursue “speaking about the unspoken.”

“Using clips from movies, he had some great examples of subtext—including the use of humor, passive-aggression, and metaphor,” said Evans. “I plan on adding these to my toolbox when teaching.”

A member of the Writers Guild of America, West, Evans’ portfolio already includes scripts written for HBO Films, Cloud Nine Productions at CBS TV, and more. He plans to pitch “Hellas” to executives in Hollywood with hopes of it getting picked up for production.

#ProfilesOfTenacity: Cate de Castro

What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

From the start  of my time at UGA, I was surprised at how many students would go out of their way to help me. In every organization I joined there was always someone who was willing and excited to see me succeed. These individuals inspired me every day through their servant leadership. They reminded me just how important it is to take the time to reflect on those who made an impact in my life. I think at times it’s easy to take for granted the small things people do that make such an impact in other people’s lives. Little things like taking the time to read over a script or giving professional advice really helped to give me confidence and encouragement. I hope to always pay forward the kindness and support shown to me by my peers.

Who is your professional hero?

As an aspiring producer, I really admire Kevin Feige and his ability to establish a longstanding franchise. What stands out the most for me is his ability to work creatively across numerous projects and manage them in a way that enhances each other. I also respect his clear long-term ambitions for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how they further a larger story without diminishing individual films.

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

To me, tenacity means pursuing your dreams with determination and perseverance. It means knowing what you want in life and having the courage and drive to reach for it.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

One of my favorite memories from Grady has been coordinating the speed networking event for the Entertainment and Media Studies club, The Industry. It reminded me so much of my freshman year when I was first trying to find my place on campus. The Industry really helped to connect me on campus and get my foot in the door professionally. It surrounded me with other passionate storytellers who went out of their way to encourage and help me develop my passions. Coming back this year, reflecting on how much I’ve grown, and seeing all of the new freshmen who are now in my shoes was extremely rewarding and heartwarming. The Industry has been extremely instrumental during my time at UGA, and as president this year, it means a great deal to me to have so many new and familiar EMST students looking to get involved and find their home on campus.

What are you passionate about?

Filmmaking and storytelling have always played an influential role in my life and have shaped me into the person I am today. There is such power in film to experience the world through someone else, and I am constantly moved by stories’ abilities to shape our identities and perceptions. For me, one of the most beautiful aspects of film is its ability to capture the human experience and express it in a form that can be shared around the world, making us feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves.

What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?

YouTube is my favorite social media channel. It’s a really great way for creatives to share their work and engage with viewers. It also provides opportunities to learn new skills — it helped me so much when starting photography and filmmaking. I am constantly inspired by everyone’s work and learning new things every day.

What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience?

This summer, I had the opportunity to work for Manalive Media Group, a startup production company, and found myself frequently pulling from the skills and knowledge I gained from Grady. As an entrepreneurism intern, I managed the Guest Speaker Program, which provided a space for relationship building and constructive conversations with leaders from the worlds of business, finance, media entertainment, government, academia and nonprofit. On the creative side, I collaborated with the film development team to conduct script coverage, develop lookbooks for projects and engage in creative discussions. 

What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

This year I was accepted into UGA’s Blue Key Honor Society, which recognizes students for their scholarship, leadership and service. It was extremely heartwarming to know that I had made a positive impact on my professors, peers and community. My professors and peers have played such a crucial role in developing my passions and professional goals. I am extremely grateful for all that they have invested in me and hope to always continue learning and growing to be the best version of myself.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I love horseback riding and have been riding since I was four years old! I haven’t been able to keep up with it as much in college, but in high school I worked three jobs so I could keep riding because I loved it so much.

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

For the past two years I have spent at Grady, Studio 100 has been a hub for creativity, collaboration and innovation. It has served as a meeting place for me to engage with industry professionals and my peers, fostering a culture of encouragement and servant leadership. To me, Studio 100 represents all the best UGA has to offer and has been the heart of my time at UGA. It demonstrates the passion, commitment and dedication the students and faculty have for their community.

Diverse identities are often lost in translation when movies and television are dubbed for other languages

When movies and television are translated to other languages, LBGT and BIPOC individual characteristics are often lost or reduced, according to research by Laurena Bernabo, assistant professor in entertainment and media studies.

Many characteristics are lost when television programs are translated, according to Bernabo’s research. (Photo: Laurena Bernabo)

To best understand the processes behind dubbing an American television show to other languages, Bernabo made multiple visits to New Art Dub in Mexico. It is the company that dubs many Fox shows. She also interviewed Fox executives in Los Angeles and Brazil. Bernabo focused on the show “Glee,” which is known for featuring characters that identify as LBGT and/or BIPOC, and their community storylines.

“Translation tends to lose a lot of the ways identity is communicated aurally, both through the vocabulary people use to talk about themselves and the tones and speech patterns associated with different groups,” Bernabo said.

In most cases, Bernabo found that executives and dubbing professionals did not have malicious intent when stymieing character traits. Rather, little attention was paid to the talent that executed the dubs and how they performed.

For example, Bernabo found when dubbing studios don’t employ Black voice actors to dub Black characters, those dubbed characters tend to sound like their white counterparts, even when the original actor’s voice is discernably different from white actors’ voices.

Laurena Bernabo

“There are also lots of references to one’s identity, be they Black or gay, that might get lost in translation because they’re deemed offensive, or they utilize references that the dubbed version’s audience won’t understand,” Bernabo said.

In the case of “Glee,” some of the character traits altered in translation included voice tone, pitch, inflection and connection to cultural references.

Bernabo recommends television executives and dubbing companies cultivate and employ voice actors of the same ethnicity to that of the character their voice portrays. Also, when cultural or local references are made in a script that pertain to race, gender or sexuality, Bernabo suggests the voice actor be educated and aware for how that dialogue in a script represents specific culture in the show.

The danger in intentionally or unintentionally scrubbing diverse personality characteristics from television figures is that real people may be less inclined to celebrate individualism.

“A multicultural approach to society tends to celebrate difference and the ways a culture is enriched by virtue of a heterogeneous population,” Bernabo says. “But when characters are dubbed and, due to numerous intersecting factors, made to sound like a more homogenous group, the ways in which characters differ from each other become muted.”

More attentive dubbing can prevent stereotypes from being exacerbated, but also can use character personality to challenge local stereotypes in a particular region.

You can read Bernabo’s published research in its entirety:

Keith Wilson selected as a 2021 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow

New EMST lecturer Keith Wilson has been selected as a 2021 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow.

“This is a singular honor for documentary producers,” said Jay Hamilton, head of EMST. “Sundance is the premiere venue for independent filmmakers, and for Keith to have a project chosen for these programs places it at the forefront of new and exciting visual storytelling.”

Wilson’s documentary project for the labs is titled: “I Didn’t See You There.” Spurred by the spectacle of a circus tent that goes up outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into an unflinching meditation on freakdom, (in)visibility, and the pursuit of individual agency.

Along with nine other fellows, Wilson will be a part of the Sundance Institute’s weeklong Documentary Producers Lab July 25-29. Joining them for the Producers Summit during August 2-5 will be more than 50 industry leaders and 65 independent filmmakers. Both programs will be taking place digitally at https://collab.sundance.org/.

Keith Wilson is a director, creative producer, and visual artist whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Berlinale, South by Southwest, Hot Docs, the U.S. National Gallery of Art, documenta14, and the Museum of Modern Art. He received his MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas-Austin, and grew up on a cul-de-sac in suburban Atlanta.

The Sundance Institute’s Producers Program champions the current and next generation of producers across fiction and nonfiction film and encompasses a year-round series of Labs, Fellowships, granting and events.

The Labs support emerging independent producers and engage the community of veteran producers who sustain the vibrancy and vitality of independent film. Under the guidance of advisors, the Labs allow fellows to deepen the creative potential of their projects, develop their creative instincts and evolve their storytelling, communication and problem-solving skills at all stages of their project. The fellows continue on through the Producers Summit and receive ongoing year-long mentorship, creative support, and networking opportunities with industry.

The Producers Summit brings together diverse sectors of the industry including financiers, packaging agents, distributors, and domestic and international sales representatives with emerging and mid-career producers for a revolving series of conversations around critical issues facing the field and producer sustainability. The program includes curated talks, one-on-one meetings, roundtables and a keynote conversation with Hasan Minhaj exploring the critical role of bold, personal storytelling.

Grady InternViews: Abbey Clark

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

I stay up to date on news specifically to the states in the Southeast. My day begins with sending the summary I worked on the previous night of any top headline reports for the states in the Southeast. Throughout the day, I assist producers and anchors with any stories they may be working on.  We also have at minimum two daily meetings with the entire Southeast bureau team and ad hoc thereafter.  The job involves a lot of researching, writing and cold calling to get the right facts!

It is a remote internship as of now but generally is in person! Virtual has been nice because I am with my family, but I would really love the experience to work at CNN Center in Atlanta. I have been invited by leaders of the SE Bureau team to visit the office when I return to Georgia!

What has been the biggest surprise in your internship (ie: is there anything you didn’t expect?)

What surprised me the most is the amount of news that is out there and what is required to get a news story on the air.

What is the most valuable lesson or skill you have learned during your internship?

Flexibility and eagerness to learn is key in being successful in this internship and I think with most jobs overall.

What has been the most memorable experience you have had during your internship so far?

I remember my second day at CNN I was asked to help Ryan Young, a CNN Correspondent, on a summer violence surge happening throughout the country and I had to cold call police departments throughout the southeast states and watch press conferences from the departments as well. It took me about four hours and hundreds of calls to gather all the information, but I did it and I was featured as a contributor in the byline of the article. 

What do you think made you stand out while applying for the job and what qualities do you have that are helping you succeed?

I think the diversity in things I am involved in or have experience with really helped me stand out. I have a certification in digital media arts and have numerous jobs pertaining to customer service, technology, retail, film, social media and more. Diversifying yourself with lots of skills is very important to stand out to a company showing that you are a fast learner and open to opportunity with everything you do.

Information about the internship from WarnerMedia: Ted Turner is the visionary who launched CNN. Since that day, the world has never been the same. The Ted Turner Maverick Internship is designed for the next generation of “mavericks” who will shape the journalism world to come. It’s designed to offer maximum exposure to CNN, while preparing the intern to lead the way into the new era of news and storytelling. Since 2020, one Grady College student has been selected by WarnerMedia and CNN as a Maverick Intern each summer.

Grady InternViews: Abigail Childers

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

I am working for the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also referred to as the International Emmy Awards. My title is Summer Judging and Membership Intern, and I am working remotely, from my kitchen table most days. A typical day for me would include mixed responsibilities for the Judging and Membership departments of the International Emmy Awards. My work in the judging department includes reading scripts submitted by young scriptwriters all around the world who have entered their work into the International Emmy Awards’ Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting competition. My job is to read these scripts and process them as they meet various guidelines. As I continue with this internship, my work in the judging department will expand into creating ballots for the semi-final round of judging for the television categories. My work in the membership department includes keeping member information up to date, locating and suggesting new members and researching the television landscape in countries all over the world.

How is it structured? 

My internship is entirely remote, which has had both pros and cons. As a remote intern, I have some more flexibility with my workday, which is nice. However, if this internship were in person, it would be in New York City and I would much prefer that had it been possible.

What has been the biggest growth you’ve experienced so far?

The biggest growth I have experienced so far is absolutely having access to such a vast amount of international content. International TV stations, production studios, news channels, contacts, languages – in just a few weeks, the International Emmy Awards have shown me that the entertainment and media markets across the world are so similar and yet incredibly unique all at once. Exposure to international content and contacts this early in my life will definitely have a positive impact on my view of the entertainment industry as a whole as I pursue my career.

What is your advice for other students looking to take on a similar role? 

My advice for students who are looking for a role like mine is to take advantage of opportunities that are right in front of you. Class projects, meeting other students in your field, making connections with teachers – those things go a long way when it comes to a job like this. If it weren’t for a friend I knew in EMST, I wouldn’t have known I wanted to apply for the major. If it weren’t for Dr. Miller’s class, where I learned how and what to research, I wouldn’t have been qualified for the job I have now. If it weren’t for my dedication to the projects I had in his class, I wouldn’t have known how passionate I truly am about industry research and experience. These opportunities just appeared in front of me, but I had to do the work to make them worthwhile. From your Grady application essay all the way to your first big break, you have to maintain your dedication as well as your belief that your hard work will pay off. 

 What lessons will you take back with you to Athens in the fall?

When I go back to Athens, the biggest lesson I will take with me is that it is important to create opportunities for others whenever you can. It is because of the influence of so many experienced people around me that I am able to succeed in the job I have now. As I gain knowledge and experience from this internship, I look forward to passing along what I know to others to help create opportunities for them to learn and grow in their own careers. At the same time, I will return to Athens with a greater understanding of the importance of forging a path for myself in this industry. As amazing as it is to have such a great support system and so many wonderful industry connections, at the end of the day, it is up to me to maintain quality work and an impressive reputation.

Grady InternViews: Caitlin Vinson

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

I am an intern for The Bert Show out of Atlanta. Because of COVID, I am doing my internship virtually at home. Usually, I prepare my three city news headlines (New Orleans, Nashville and Chattanooga) the day before. I will find two articles for each city and summarize them. Then, I will send that Google document to the other intern I am working with. 

The morning of the show, we will email that document to our studio director by 7 a.m. Once the show starts in the mornings at 6 a.m., the other intern and I will work together to index the entire show. This just means we are typing out what the cast on the show is saying. We have to include who is talking, what they say and add time stamps throughout the script. We index until 10 a.m. Then after the show is over, we fix any errors and email it to the studio. 

When I am not indexing or working on city headlines, I submit personal stories about what’s going on in my life every Monday. These personal stories are what helps us get on-air and practice being live.

On Thursdays, we have to submit three to five things that are trending in the world right now. We usually discuss things like beauty, fitness, and videos on TikTok or YouTube. 

What has been the biggest growth you’ve experienced so far?
Vinson prepares for her day with a cup of coffee as her computer starts up. (Photo: submitted)

I think my biggest growth so far is just stepping out of my comfort zone. I never would’ve thought I would be working with a big radio show and getting to go on air. I stepped out of my comfort zone when applying for this job and I continue to step out of my comfort zone each and every day. It is really neat to see the different things I have picked up already just by working with the team for a couple of weeks. 

How do you feel that Grady has prepared you for tackling the job?

I feel like Grady was my first step into getting me out of my comfort zone. I took a leap going into this major and into this industry. Now that I am in it, I want it more than I did before. It has been a dream come true to get to see the things I can only experience here at Grady. My classes and professors have all taught me skills that I will carry with me to any future job. I have found a new appreciation for the hard work that many of these people do on shows like this and just in the industry in general. 

What lessons will you take back with you to Athens in the fall? 

This experience has definitely been one for the books and I am so grateful I got the opportunity to do it. I will be taking my new-found confidence back with me to Athens in the fall. I was so nervous when I started this program at Grady because I thought I would have the hardest time finding my place, but this internship has helped me learn that I am right where I belong. I will be taking all of the knowledge I learned from this internship with me and use it to boost up others in this industry. 

Grady InternViews: Kate Sullivan

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

My internship involves me traveling to the Atlanta area three times a week to capture interviews with intriguing people. A typical day in my internship is waking up early, traveling usually at least an hour to northern Atlanta to interview maybe a high school football player, a Gwinnett County swim league medalist, a Girl Scout camp director, a turf company president or even an employee at the PGA tournament. After I get all my interviews and videos of b-roll footage of the events, I go back home and edit it all on my computer within a few hours. Lastly, I upload the video to the Gwinnett Daily Post’s YouTube channel and show it to my boss. The next day, there are usually hundreds of views on the video. 

What does the structure of your internship look like?

My boss will email me a few opportunities every week and I can take those opportunities to film, edit and post — or not if for some reason I can’t. I would say this internship is a hybrid (both remote and in-person). It is in-person 50% of the time because I have to go to events, film things and interview people, but it’s also remote because the rest of the time I am editing and posting on my computer alone. 

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
Sullivan sits with other photographers at the PGA Tour. (Photo: submitted)

The biggest challenge I have faced so far is feeling like a fish out of water. Most of the things I’ve already worked at haven’t been super huge events (except for the first two that I did). My first assignment was for the Gwinnett Stripers Triple-A baseball team and my second assignment was for the PGA Tournament, which is a national professional golf tournament. During the Stripers game, I was excited to be there but also convinced that something was going to go wrong, or I was not going to get enough footage. Because of that fear, I ended up getting approximately three times as much footage that I needed. Also, I forgot to bring my computer to the game because I didn’t think I would need to start editing at the stadium, but the game ended later than I thought, so I didn’t start editing until midnight and finished around 4 a.m. At the PGA Tournament, I was feeling a little bit more prepared since it wasn’t my first time doing something for the internship. But I also expected to be “just one of the media people that everyone ignores when she asks you to do an interview.” That couldn’t have been farther from what I experienced. Everyone was so nice at this tournament: the valet person, the front doorman, the rest of the media team, even the golfers. I surprisingly got to interview a few golfers, including the winner, which I was a little starstruck about. Now that I’m getting the hang of these events that I’m covering, I have much more confidence and feel like I can do any event anywhere alone and film it like a pro. 

How have you used what Grady has taught you to excel in your internship?

I know Grady has prepared me for this job in several ways. One thing I will always remember is the ongoing lectures in Dr. Hamilton’s Intro To Media Studies class two years ago where we talked about angles on a camera for hours. Angles are super important. They just are. A big thing I’ve also learned throughout all of my Grady courses is communication skills. I know how to talk to someone properly now. I know how to email someone who I’ve never met and ask if they’d be willing to do an interview with me. I know how to have confidence and not be awkward in a professional setting.

What’s your advice to other students looking for a similar opportunity?
Sullivan poses with her press badge. (Photo: submitted)

My advice to other students looking to take on a similar role is just don’t hesitate to reach out to those opportunities that may seem far away or not as fun or impossible to get. I had applied to Grady LA — a study abroad program — for this summer, but before I knew if I got it or not it was cancelled again. Luckily, I heard from a distant friend of mine that she emailed this guy asking if they had internships, and he just made her an internship because they had both worked at The Red & Black at UGA. Since I also worked at The Red & Black in the past, I emailed the same guy and asked for the same internship. Because of this lucky networking, I got the job. I wouldn’t be doing anything else right now or getting course credit like I am if I had not reached out. The worst people can do is say no. 

Grady students adapt EMST club to handle COVID-19 changes

When The Industry was created in the fall of 2018, then-freshmen Ashton Bruce and Emily Minnick had no idea they’d be running the club in the middle of a pandemic during the last semester of their college career. 

The Industry provides a variety of opportunities for students to connect with each other as well as recent alumni in the entertainment industry. Due to the coronavirus, Bruce and Minnick had to adapt, moving club meetings on Zoom and complying with department standards to limit student production crews. 

Bruce is a third-year from Dawsonville, and Minnick is a fourth-year from Canton. Both will be graduating this spring.

Students in The Industry tend to work with those within their COVID-19 bubble, club co-presidents said. (Photo: Aleesa de Castro)

The club works to send out cast and crew calls for student film productions and conducts a small writers room, where a handful of students peer edit scripts and work with Professor Matthew Evans to find their screenwriting voice. They also host screenings of student work and Q&A events and panels with industry professionals.

Despite the challenges, both Bruce and Minnick said there’s been a silver lining for their club in the middle of the pandemic. They’ve heard from new speakers and actively engaged with new club members.

“I think our numbers have done really well to sustain considering that we’ve gone entirely virtual,” Bruce said. “I’m really happy with how we’ve grown through the pandemic.”

The Zoom meetings have included more appearances from industry professionals outside of Atlanta, like Los Angeles and New York City. Post production and writer’s rooms for television are based in Los Angeles, Minnick said, so students who are interested in those specific areas can understand the different career possibilities on each coast.

“I think it gives people who are interested in the industry but don’t know where exactly they want to settle a better insight to make decisions for their future,” Bruce said.

The remote workforce has expanded within the entertainment industry due to COVID-19, but upcoming graduates are nervous for their future careers. While Bruce and Minnick admitted that’s always been a pre-pandemic reality, they feel just as prepared to graduate in part because of the emphasis the EMST department has placed on safe productions that mirror the industry itself.

Some of the new logistics to produce student films include downsizing crews and placing an emphasis on working with others near your bubble who follow COVID-19 safety precautions.  

The pandemic has also changed how entertainment and media studies students tell their stories. Minnick explained scenes between characters have become less intimate to allow for social distancing, and typical themes cover isolation and technology. When the pandemic hit, Bruce and Minnick had just begun their second semester in the major, which means they still don’t know the reality of producing without these guidelines.

The Industry club members gather for a photo after working on “Trust the Process,” another student-produced film. Photo courtesy of Aleesa de Castro.

They hope the changes they made because of the pandemic will help make the club more accessible in the future to students who wouldn’t have been able to attend meetings previously. Minnick said having online meetings and presentations would have helped her get involved earlier.

“There was a lot of hesitation, being like a first-generation college student, not being familiar with the film industry at all and also being a woman in film,” Minnick said. “I think I felt very scared to put myself out there and just like go for it. So you know, very much encouraging people to get in on it as soon as they can and not being afraid.”

Four students earn top awards at 2021 BEA Festival of Media Arts

Editor’s Note: Taylor Potter and Ana González are BEA Best of Festival winners. Their television pilot script won out of all first place winners in the student category. They will split the $1,000 prize.

Students in Grady College’s Department of Entertainment and Media Studies  won big at the Broadcast Education Association’s creative competition, Festival of Media Arts. 

Fourth-year students Taylor Potter and Ana González took home first place for original television series pilot script. Second-year student Hyde Healy received an award of excellence in the same category, and fourth-year student Tévon Knight received an award of excellence for a short video.

The BEA is the premiere international academic media organization driving insights, excellence in media production and career advancement for educators and students. The competition receives over 1,500 submissions representing students and faculty from schools around the world.

Potter and González developed their television pilot, “Buyer’s Remorse,” in Professor Matthew Evans’ writing for television course, which was launched last semester. The show depicts the perils of a realtor who, desperate to make a mid-career comeback, resorts to dealing drugs to save her family from foreclosure but becomes the catalyst for her family’s destruction. 

The course’s emphasis on peer collaboration allowed Potter and González to refine their work, and it taught them important lessons on story, character and conflict.

‘“Buyer’s Remorse” seeks to discover the lengths to which a mother and wife would go to save and protect her family at the expense of herself and her career,” they said.

The moment the “Buyer’s Remorse” team learned of their award.
Healy’s pilot script for the show “Command Sandwich” showcases his passion and skill for writing. Healy wrote the pilot before taking classes in the EMST program. His sister Isabella, who studied cinematic arts at the University of Southern California, played an active role in providing feedback for the script’s first draft, Healy said.

“I used my dysfunctional workplace experience in food service as the basis for this pilot. I love comedy, and my dream job is to write comedy professionally, so I thought I’d used the time granted while the world was shut down to write this pilot,” Healy said.

He credits involvement in clubs like The Industry and Sharkwing Sketch Comedy for exposing him to student work and inspiring him to write the pilot. 

Knight also received an award of excellence for his one minute campaign video of Brianna Hayes, a candidate for UGA Student Government Association president in 2020. 

“In the span of about 72 hours, I directed, shot, and edited the project together,” Knight said. “I think this award was a true confidence boost. BEA is not easy to compete in because colleges across the nation send in high-quality pieces.”

One key element Knight took away from his Grady classes is the necessity to devote all of himself to the project in order for it to feel authentic and be effective. The shooting styles and compositions used in the video were techniques he learned in Professor Garland McLaurin’s cinematography class, Knight said.