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FAL-WIN 2017

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FALL / WINTER 2017 PIERCE 15 RAVENINGS I n the making of a 91-second video, the students of Professor Heather Weibel Tullio's Media Production class managed to unite the Franklin Pierce community. e blissful bonus came when the resulting public service announcement (PSA), encouraging bystanders to take action to prevent and report sexual assault on campus, was recognized in June with a student Emmy by the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. e Pierce version of the national "It's On Us" campaign involved more than 100 student, faculty, and staff volunteers; two filming locations (e Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and the Peterson Manor); and immeasurable awareness of a vital topic. "We were making the video as a University project," explained audio technician omas Dynan '17. "e Emmy part was secondary — and kind of surreal." "It's On Us" brought Franklin Pierce its second Emmy in the last three years. In 2015, Carlo Falitico '15 and Lauren Caduto '16, with help from "It's On Us" faculty adviser Dr. Kristen Nevious, received the PSA Emmy for "Can Collaboration." e trio also earned two runner-up honors. Once 2015–16 class members elected to join the national "It's On Us" campaign, launched in 2014 by President Obama and the White House Council on Women and Girls, they quickly got behind the message. "It was important for us, as part of the Franklin Pierce community, to raise awareness and bring our community together to pledge, recognize, identify, and intervene in situations where consent has not and cannot be given," said talent coordinator Amanda Tapparo '16. "It is on us to put an end to sexual assault, and I think this project brings awareness to that fact." ough the Emmy judges applauded the final product, the road was not without its bumps for Tullio's 10 students. Filming in two separate locations in fall 2015 proved to be a challenge, as distinctions in sound and lighting (and one ragged, off-white backdrop) required adjustments during the editing and color correction processes. "We tried to make the two filming locations as perfect as possible," said Morgan Baker '16, who served with Luke Walsky '18 as a lighting technician/audio assistant. "ey both looked and sounded a little different, so making them into one video turned out to be difficult." Long before the PSA became an Emmy winner, the students, most of them mass communication majors, had to select a topic, script it, coordinate volunteers, and manage everything in between, from Tapparo reciting sections of the script for volunteers to repeat on camera, to 2016 graduate Cat Purdy's hours of editing, to Dynan and fellow audio technician Dimitry Legagneur '16 equalizing the discordant sound. Glitches in both audio and video required more than one re-start in the editing process, before the project was finally complete and shared in spring 2016. Winning an Emmy is a career hallmark for Dynan, Baker, Walsky, Tapparo, Purdy and Legagneur; directors Samantha Hulme '16 and Claire Dew '16; and cinematographers Jasmyne Fogle '17 and Scott DeLaura '17. At the June 24 ceremony, the students were surprised to receive personalized Emmy statues, engraved with their names. Baker's Emmy currently resides at his Mansfield, Conn., home, the centerpiece of a busy desk, bookended by a Franklin Pierce mug and a pigg y bank. Tapparo's shares a shelf with family photos and athletic trophies. And Dynan is still looking for the perfect spot for his physical award, but for the time being has found a productive place for it. "I'm looking for work right now," he said, "and an Emmy is certainly a great thing to put on my résumé." — Jana F. Brown Students Take Home New England Emmy for Sexual Assault PSA IT'S ON THEM

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