Mason Faculty Member Wins Communicator Awards of Distinction

Posted: January 19, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Soheila Mellom, BA Communication ’86, MA Telecommunications ’02, and adjunct Communication Department faculty member, won a 2004 Communicator Award of Distinction for her two-minute animation, The Adventures of MicMan, produced as a final project in AVT 382 Digital Art and Animation.

The video placed first in the category of Educational Institutions/Student Produced. In the animation, which depicts an imaginary universe consisting of video equipment, the hero MicMan, who is a microphone, loses his hand during a joyride in a playground of video cables. His friends, other microphones, take him to a high-traffic space repair station, a BetaSX video tape recorder, to receive a new hand. MicMan enters the operating room through a magic door—a camera lens—and finally emerges with more than just a new hand.

Mellom created her characters and backgrounds in Adobe Photoshop, animated them in Adobe AfterEffects, and edited the piece in Final Cut Pro. Music and sound effects from three different sound libraries were added, along with voices performed by Mellom and her husband.

A 15-year veteran of the video industry, Mellom freelances as a television news photographer and editor for European broadcasters. She also owns a small production company, Bright Star Video in Centreville, where she produces, shoots, and edits videos for various clients. She has been teaching at George Mason for two years and occasionally takes art and visual technology courses for fun.

Mellom won two other Communicator Awards of Distinction this year for the production of a 10th anniversary show opening for Synergy Video and M&S Dance Studio. The video won in the categories of Creative/Editing and Event Production.

The Communicator Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communication field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. There were 2,937 entries from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and 7 other countries in this year’s competition.

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