Piedmont University Students Win a Silver Telly Award


Junior mass communications major Caleb Rogers filming scenes for the short film “Overtime.” // PHOTO COURTESY CALEB ROGERS

(Audio provided by Caden Nelms)

Olivia Justus, A&E Editor

Piedmont University is eager to applaud a few of our fellow students for their hard work and dedication when they were making their short film last spring. Tyler Goins, Aaron Palmer, Caleb Rogers, Connor Creedon, Christopher Barker and Johnny Goodwyn all worked together on a short film named “Overtime.” This short film took many hours to shoot, edit and produce for Associate Professor of Mass Communications Melissa Jackson. Not only did each student receive great grades for this assignment, but they also won a very prestigious award for their hard work. 

“Winning a Telly Award is huge,” says junior mass communications major Caleb Rogers. “I was surprised we actually won a silver Telly.”

Jackson submitted the trailer of the short film “Overtime” to the Telly Awards. This organization loves to honor excellence in video in all types of forms. This group of students won the Silver Telly Award in the General-Non-Broadcast Division for the trailer they released. For this contest alone, there were over 15 thousand entries, making it a very prestigious award to win. The trailer for “Overtime” was judged by nine different professionals who work for the most illustrious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising and emerging technology such as WarnerMedia, NBC News, Framestore NY and Vimeo. 

“It was very exciting to hear,” says senior sports communications major Aaron Palmer. “I felt so honored that something I helped create garnered this positive attention.”

This group of students should feel extremely proud of winning such an amazing award especially during the year of the pandemic. The time, effort and teamwork helped this trailer and short film create a huge example for other students to go by. Piedmont University students and faculty are super proud of these students for being excellent in and outside of the classroom. 

To watch the award winning trailer, click here.