Press Release / Feb. 18, 2015

SCAD students, alumni earn coveted acclaim at MPSE Golden Reel ceremony

Several Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students and alumni recently received major recognition in the sound design field for the student film “Sea Odyssey.”

Thirteen members of the film crew earned the prestigious Verna Fields Award for Student Filmmakers as part of the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards. The coveted acclaim came during the 62nd annual ceremony held in Los Angeles.

“This was always a project with a lot of spirit and passion behind it,” Director and Writer Adam Nelson (B.F.A., film and television) said. “That sentiment is something that definitely carried through into production and in our post work. It’s been humbling to see the film touch such a large number of people in different ways.”

“Sea Odyssey” explores a career-first father’s attempt to connect with his young son, who is unexpectedly diagnosed with a terminal illness, by taking him on an ambitious deep-sea expedition.

Students and alumni who were recognized include Timothy Cella (B.F.A., film and television), Nelson, Carolyn Shannon (B.F.A., film and television, 2014), Lauren Skillen (B.F.A., film and television) Beau Anthony Jimenez (B.F.A., sound design, 2014) and Eolyne Arnold (B.F.A., sound design, 2014).

Also recognized were Melissa Terry (B.F.A., sound design, 2014), Jacob Flack (B.F.A., sound design, 2014), Nick Caramela (B.F.A., sound design), Matt Yocum (B.F.A., sound design), Kai Paquin (B.F.A., sound design, 2014), Alex Previty (B.F.A., sound design, 2013) and Henry Drayton (B.F.A., film and television).

“I like to think that the final product on screen is an amalgamation of the efforts of all those people,” Nelson added. “Before the film started to take shape, it was simply a blank page and a story that I wanted to tell. To, not only see the film come to life, but also go on screen at these wonderful festivals and win these great awards is just amazing.”

“Hominid,” another SCAD student film about the Bigfoot legend, was also nominated for the same category. Out of five finalists, SCAD was the only university with two nominees up for the recognition.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines. With over 29,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation.

At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of nearly 12,000 students, from across the United States and more than 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. The university, students, faculty and alumni have garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications worldwide including Time, Vogue Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

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