May 17, 2010
Seminole Productions received notification from the Aurora Awards competition that they will be adding five new pieces of hardware to their bustling collection. Seminole Productions was recognized for its work with FSU athletics on both Athletic TV Programs, and for content running on FSU’s Big Screen Displays. Of the five Aurora Awards received, one was a Platinum Best of Show Award recognizing the top production in the category, while four others were Gold Awards recognizing production excellence.
The Platinum Best of Show award went to Jim Garbarino for his creation of Graphics and Visual Effects in the 2009 Bobby Bowden Show open. This season Garbarino updated the Bowden show to give fans watching the show that exciting game day feel by incorporating video footage on a massive video display. This is the second year in a row that the Visual Effects and Graphics in the Bobby Bowden Show open were recognized with a Platinum Best of Show Award.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers and being that it is an international competition makes it even a little sweeter,” said James Garbarino, Seminole Productions Associate Director of Video Operations. “For me personally, Coach Bowden’s show which I did myself, has won Best in Show two straight years. Winning these awards speaks to the fact that we are here doing network quality work associated with a university and people recognize that. It’s nice to get the accolades for that.”
Two of the four Aurora Gold Awards went to the popular Seminole Gametime programs, one highlighting the FSU Soccer team and the second highlighting the Seminole Volleyball team. These “behind the scenes” programs were created by Seminole Productions for Fox Sports. These shows offer viewers unparalleled access into their favorite FSU programs with content usually only seen through the eyes of coaches and players. The Gold Award for the Seminole Gametime soccer went to Jerry Tootle, while the other Gold Award for Seminole Gametime volleyball went to Zachary Judkins.
Two Gold Aurora’s were also awarded to Seminole Productions staff members, Brant Wells for his 2009 FSU Football Open that was shown on the big screens as the Seminole football team hit the field, and another Gold Award went to Phil Jackson and Brant Wells for the “In The Doak” Music Video.
Previous Aurora Award winners include Disney I.D.E.A.S, The History Channel, A&E Network and Fox Sports Net. The Aurora statue itself was commissioned specifically for the competition by a nationally renowned sculptor. The statues are cast in the same foundry that creates the Emmy, Oscar and Clio statues.
Established in 1987, Seminole Productions handles virtually every video production need for Florida State Athletics. Seminole Productions produces the Jimbo Fisher TV show, the Leonard Hamilton show and the Mike Martin show, as well as Seminole Sports Magazine and contracted shows for Sun Sports/Fox Sports Net. Seminole Productions also produces all of the production elements for Seminole Vision, the in-game entertainment productions for all of FSU football, basketball, and baseball home contests. Seminole Productions also provides visual communications support for Government and other agencies throughout the state of Florida.