Troy University graphic design students Nathan Hobbs, Cole Patterson and Howard Purvee have had their music videos selected as Official Selections in the 2023 UNA George Lindsey Film Festival.
Hobbs and Purvee’s “Killer Queen” won Best Music Video in the College Division and Patterson’s “Just Sign The Papers” was a runner-up in the YellowHammer Film Festival held in December, and Killer Queen was also recently awarded a Gold Addy in the annual American Advertising Federation Competition.
Both films were created in design professor Chris Stagl’s “user experience” class over the past year.
“It’s an absolute honor to see the creative work of our students being recognized at the next level,” Stagl said. “These students are redefining what it means to be a designer, and their desire to work in video as a medium is very much in line with the expectations of this industry. These three students have been leveraging their minor and elective courses to take as many film-based classes as possible and it’s clearly paying off.
“In fact, with a few of their classmates, they have established what they call ‘the breakfast club’ and help each other as much as possible to complete projects. A collaborative spirit and teamwork mentality is what we’re all about here.”
Hobbs, a senior from Black, Alabama, who recently received two gold awards, three silver awards, two Judge’s Choice awards and was named Student Art Director of the Year in the ADDY competition, said the continued recognition has been an encouragement.
“It’s an honor to have our work going out and being successful like this,” he said. “It’s really encouraging to continue to create and experiment in the future. This is such an incredible experience with some guys that are the best I’ve ever worked with.”
Cole Patterson, a senior from Alexander City, Alabama, said words couldn’t do his feelings justice.
“When you make a video like this, especially one for a project, all you think about is the immediate deadline, grade and reward of eventual sleep,” he said. “To have that effort be acknowledged and praised beyond that initial purpose, to be affirmed that you’re making things actually worth watching…words can’t do the feeling justice.”
Howard Purvee, also a senior from Black, Alabama, added, “I’m beyond excited to see the work get more recognition, the crew worked very hard, and It’ll be cool to see where else this goes.”
The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is hosted each year by the University of North Alabama. The festival was founded by celebrated entertainer George Lindsey, along with now-deceased communications professor Bobby Hurt and retired Office of Communications Director Bill Jarnigain.
George Lindsey is well known for his role of Goober Pyle on the “Andy Griffith Show” and many other credits in television, including episodes of “Hee Haw,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Gunsmoke,” “M*A*S*H,” and as the host of Turner South’s Emmy award-winning “Liars & Legends.”
The film festival runs March 2-4.
Both films are available on YouTube: