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Nominated for a People’s Choice Award is an aerial video of Smackfest, a popular volleyball tournament played on the sands of Hermosa Beach. Led by instructor Skip Fredricks, students Dan Hall, Steve Pollard, Sophia Bailey, Steve Lewis, and Jayden Logan took part in the shoot as pilots, camera operators, visuals observers, and Interns.
The college’s high-demand drone program is a grant-funded offering that provides free comprehensive training in two tracks, UAS Surveying and Mapping and UAS Cinematography.
Judges will consider the video for the cinematography and editing categories the entry is also nominated for, but the People’s Choice Awards are determined by ratings from online viewers. Fredricks, who has had a nearly 20-year career in broadcast television, film and new media, is counting on the Grossmont College community and others to help boost the video’s ratings.
“A win here will go a long way in helping launch the careers of these drone program graduates, as my first Telly wins did in 1999,” said Fredricks, who owns a production company with past clients including Fox Sports, HBO, Universal Pictures, Google, Apple, and USA Networks.
“Voting five stars for this project would be an amazing validation of their hard work and talent.”