Cinema students receive prestigious nominations

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Nicole Bullard

Out of 650 contestants from all over America, communication arts instructor Hiro Konishi and five students from Saddleback College were nominated in the Documentary Program.

Debra Hill, 54, cinema T.V. radio, was included in the nomination by directing the 22 minute documentary “Bullets to Bubbles,” which was about disabled veterans learning how to Scuba dive.

The nominations come from College Broadcasting, Inc. where students from all over the nation can be nominated for their cinema, T.V., or radio films. The award is called the Best Short T.V. Documentary Award.

Creators of “Bullets to Bubbles” were invited to attend the award ceremony for their nominations.

Along with the Best Short T.V. Documentary Award there are many other College Broadcasting, Inc. awards that students have been nominated for.

The award ceremony is on Oct. 29 at the National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla. Although Debra Hill said she might not be able to attend the ceremony, she is excited her documentary was considered for the Best Short T.V. Documentary Award.

“I’m delighted. I can hardly believe it. I had no expectations whatsoever,” Hill said. Hill is a physician in Laguna Niguel. Her interest in the Cinema, T.V., Radio Department has led her to become a student in the program at Saddleback, she said.

Her documentary is about the transformation of disabled veterans that learn scuba diving so they can be active people and enjoy life it to its fullest.

“This project was very transformational to me too,” Hill said. “I fully appreciate how people can overcome such adversity and find pleasure in life.”

The Cinema, T.V., Radio program is a hands on program for students trying to gain experience in the entertainment industry. The students direct, shoot, and edit their own film to become acclimated to the environment surrounding a cinema, T.V., or radio career.

The Cinema, T.V., Radio Department has many branches such as the communication arts. Konishi is also the instructor of the Documentary Program where the creators of the “Bullets to Bubbles” documentary are students.

The Documentary Program’s work appears in other events as well, like the Newport Film Festival and many other regional cinema events.

The Cinema, T.V., Radio Department offers a foundation to help build creative talent, provide opportunities to do on-air programming and to work with the latest digital technology.

“My interest in psychiatry and people transforming their lives by immersing themselves in the underwater world is what really inspired me about the project,” Hill said. “I didn’t even expect any of this. I am very glad to be part of it.”

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