Say-Yes-to-Recess-2A video collaboration on the value of recess featuring faculty, leadership and researchers from the Clemson’s College of Education and College Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences was named a Bronze winner at the 37th Annual Telly Awards. Only a quarter of the 13,000 entries each year receive this honor.

The video was part of the Policy Matters educational webcast, which is designed to ensure sustained, positive change in the education of youth. According to Marty Duckenfield, associate producer of the video, numerous Clemson faculty members played a part in shaping its content and getting it into the hands of Clemson Broadcast Productions to craft the award-winning video.

“This subject was important for all involved, and the professionals at Clemson Broadcast Productions made the production of the video a true pleasure,” Duckenfield said. “The response we got upon the video’s release was amazing, and to be awarded along with so many other great Telly Award winners is truly an honor for the many involved in the production.”

The video features an interdisciplinary team of Clemson faculty, in addition to principals, teachers and children in local schools, explaining the value of recess in an effort to recommend policy guidelines supported by the College of Education.

Duckenfield heaped praise upon the many faculty involved, including June Pilcher, Dave Fleming, Dean Brett Wright, Dean George Petersen and representatives from the College of Education’s Call Me MISTER program and the U.S. Play Coalition, which is housed within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. She also said Clemson Broadcast Productions Producer and Director Paul Ruszkowski, Unit Director Eric Rodgers, Design Director Thomas Messervy and the rest of the team at Clemson Broadcast Productions helped shape the content into an entertaining and highly informative video.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. Entries do not compete against each other but are judged against a high standard of merit. According to Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards, this process ensures that all submitted videos undergo the same rigorous review and consideration.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Day. “Clemson’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs; the finest video and film productions; and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.