WSC Instructor, Students Garner Iowa Oscars Awards

WSC Instructor, Students Garner Iowa Oscars Awards
Courtesy of Wayne State College.

WAYNE – A pair of Wayne State College students along with a recent graduate took home awards at the Iowa Oscars for the first time.

According to a release from Wayne State College, the group showcased their film during a competition of the Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) on May 22.

For Dr. Mike White, Assistant Professor and instructor of the Wayne State College Electronic Media and Film program, this was not his first time at the Iowa Oscars. Dr. White won one of their highest honors again this year taking home the award of excellence for best feature film and he won the same highest honor last year for best screen play.

Students compete against professionals in most divisions as honorable mentions are given in the student-only competition.

You must qualify for the Iowa Oscars and you have to be an Iowa resident or be connected to an Iowa school. Also, applicants must receive an 85 percent approval to get nominated, then only one award is given for each category for the award of excellence and you must have a 95 percent approval by the judges to earn the award of excellence. The award of excellence is the highest honor the Iowa Oscars can give.

Wayne State College students worked with Dr. White on his projects.

Shelby Hagerdon of Smithland, Iowa and Ally Boyd of Papillion’s film “Sigmund and Dora” won the Best Art Direction (Production Design) Award of Achievement at the IMPA Awards in a category that included everyone. This is a professional category as the film also received an Honorable Mention in Best Student Film Category.

Many of the crew members of both “To Live Again” and “A Day with Lily” were Wayne State College students. Three WSC students worked with Dr. White including WSC senior Ally Boyd as assistant director on both projects, Shelby Hagerdon as Co-Producer on both projects and WSC junior Nathan Reiland Smith of Sioux Falls, S.D. as the Sound Engineer.

Hagerdon graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in history, interdisciplinary studies – film production and theory and minors in geospatial technology and political science.

Hagerdon has been accepted to the Emerson College MFA screenwriting program. This is the #5 school in screenwriting in the country. She recently graduated and is a producer at 44i in Sioux Falls, S.D. She is also going to attend Emerson MFA in Boston where she will attend remotely and go several weeks a year.