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Jennings Sunday: Jennings students capture video award


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L to R: Seth Fry, Kyle Gabbard, Kyle Poole, Jake Fortner, and Brandon Hendrix. Students in the JCHS Television class are the only students in the US to win the 2012 MarCom Video award.
L to R: Seth Fry, Kyle Gabbard, Kyle Poole, Jake Fortner, and Brandon Hendrix. Students in the JCHS Television class are the only students in the US to win the 2012 MarCom Video award.


Jennings County High School won a prestigious national award in video production, the only school to be honored.

The MarCom 2012 National Awards is a competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.

This year, there were more than 6,000 entries from the United States, Canada and other countries.

The entries are from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies and free-lancers. Even national public relations organizations, local ad clubs and local business communicator chapters enter.

The awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, a group that represents several thousand creative professionals.

The judges look for companies and individuals who transcend the average and serve as a benchmark for the industry. Winners were selected from more than 200 categories in seven forms of media and communication efforts.

Ben Eckert, Brandon Hendrix, Jacob Fortner, Kyle Poole, Seth Ray, Marshall Hollwager and Kyle Gabbard who won the MarCom Video Award for 2012.

This project started off as a German III project.

“They have had German projects like this before, but this one was above and beyond,” Eckert said.

The video, “Emil and the Detectives (The German Project 3),” is based on a book by Erich Kästner. The book, ”Emil und die Detektive,” is a German novel for children set in contemporary Berlin.

Eckert is director, screenwriter and main actor. Fortner is the translator and is also an actor. The editing was done by Hendrix. Hendrix was helped with the filming by Gabbard. Poole, Ray, Balenger and Hollwager are all actors in the project.

The video’s planning took about one day, the filming took three days, and it was edited in roughly a week.

Fortner, Poole, and Eckert’s favorite scene was the dream sequence. Brandon preferred a scene that they filmed at the local Dairy Queen. In the scene they simulate a train car by using a green screen.

The video is about 11 minutes and can be found on Youtube.com under the user Vdeogamer.

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