SMC productions earn 5 Tellys

One School of Mass Communication faculty member, David Weekly, instructor; and one SMC staff member, Jerry Halpain, lab coordinator; garnered five awards in the 27th Annual Telly Awards for two different video productions.

Weekley won a bronze for his work on an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recruitment video and Halpain won a sliver and three bronzes in four separate categories for his work on an Arkansas Foodbank Network promotional video.

The Telly Awards honor the very best in local, regional, and cable television commercials, and video and film productions.

Halpain, an SMC alum, won a Silver Telly Award, the contest’s highest honor, for editing.

“The piece focused on problems with hunger in the community and highlighting ways that the Foodbank Network is working to solve those problems,” he said. “I was happy that it was for editing, I consider myself an editor above anything else.”

Halpain said he saw the stereotype of hungry people being homeless and out of work debunked while producing the video.

“The majority of Foodbank clients featured in the video were home owners that were employed full time and just couldn’t pay all the bills and afford groceries,” he said. “It was eye opening in the sense that your co-worker could be going without food because they can’t afford it. That was the overall message the Foodbank wanted to convey in the video.”

Weekley, a previous Bronze Telly winner, won another bronze for a video promoting careers with the AGFC.

Both staffers will receive the awards later this year after they are custom produced by the same company that makes the statuettes for the Oscars and the Emmys.