July 29, 2003
Seminole Productions recently garnered two Gold Awards in the Aurora Awards international competition to bring its international awards total to seven this year. The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries come from across the United States and abroad including Canada, Hong Kong, Denmark, Mexico and others.
Established in 1987, Seminole Productions handles virtually every video production need for Florida State Athletics. Under the direction of Mark Rodin, Seminole Productions produces the Bobby Bowden Show, the Seminole Basketball Report with Leonard Hamilton and the Mike Martin Show, as well as Seminole Sports Magazine and Seminole Uprising. Seminole Production’s also produces all of the in-game entertainment needs for Seminole Vision, the big-screen video production for FSU football, basketball and soon baseball. That’s over 80 live-events every year to enhance the game day experience for Seminole fans.
Seminole Productions received Gold Awards for the 2002 Baseball Highlight open, produced and created by Jim Garbarino, and the Tallahassee Boy’s Choir/Gift of Life, produced by Jerry Tootle. Other previous Gold Award winners of note have been 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.
Earlier this year, Seminole Productions was honored with five awards and an honorable mention by the Videographer Awards. Of the five Videographer Awards won by the Seminole Productions staff, three were Awards of Excellence. They included the Bobby Bowden Show open, created by Jim Garbarino and animators Erik Gamache and Rob Levine, the Football Video Board open, featuring tailback Greg Jones, also by Garbarino, and the Gift of Life by Jerry Tootle. Seminole Productions also took home two Awards of Distinction for the Bobby Bowden Show and football player headshots both by Jim Garbarino. The Honorable Mention was for the Mike Martin Show, also by Garbarino.