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BYU Students Integral Part of Award Winning Video Production

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Phone: 603.472.2264

Bedford, NH -- (August 5, 2010)

B.U.M.P. Limited is pleased to announce that Starrs Universal has won a first-place 2010 Silver Telly Award for its media production of "The Mormon Tabernacle" for Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys, part of the BYU Virtual Tours series. Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys is a co-production of Brigham Young University Religious Education and Starrs Universal.

An integral part of the production has been mentored students from BYU. More than a dozen BYU students have received professional experiences and mentoring by working on BYU Virtual Tours.           

Sam Mangum, who now works for National Geographic, began as a student editor and later worked as an Associate Producer for Starrs Universal. “As a student this was a great opportunity for me to work in a mentored environment. I was able to gain real-life experience while still in school. After I graduated I continued to work at Starrs Universal as a full-time editor.  The time I worked at Starrs Universal helped me to develop my creative talents and also build professional relationships. Working there helped me gain the confidence and experience I need as I continue my professional career.”
Mark Gillins, one of the student editors on the project who now works for BYU Broadcasting states, “Perhaps the most significant takeaway from my time on BYU Virtual Tours was the realization that creating something that requires so much of my time and talents better be worthwhile, not just in the sense of entertainment value, but mostly in that it should be uplifting and inspiring, ultimately drawing its viewers a little closer to my Heavenly Father, even if the content isn't strictly spiritual in nature.  I do my best to apply this mindset to all of my work and when seeking new projects to take on as a professional.”

John Starrs, a graduate of BYU Broadcast Communications, and producer of BYU Virtual Tours says that working with BYU students has been a rewarding experience. "I believe that mentoring students is an excellent opportunity for everyone involved: for the students as well as the mentors. This award is not a student award, it is a professional award, and a testament to the professional quality of work of which Brigham Young University students are capable."

About the Telly Awards

Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 11,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor. Other outstanding work is awarded a Bronze Telly.

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About B.U.M.P. Limited

Starrs Universal is an associated company of B.U.M.P. Limited.

B.U.M.P. (Building Unity Media Productions) works to add to the ways people can “bump” into uplifting media, and to “build unity” with our friends of faith all across the globe.

B.U.M.P. Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Watchmen Institute.


Brigham Young University Religious Education presents
Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys
Featuring BYU Religious Educators teaching about sites significant in
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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