The Department of Video Technology under the helm of the Faculty of Arts and Design held its annual Video Technology Awards at the Riverside Hotel in Durban North on Thursday, 15 November 2018.
These awards are part of the various initiatives by the department to encourage and motivate students to excel in their academics. Top performing students for all levels from first year students to Bachelor of Technology students are awarded for their outstanding work, innovation, technical skills and academic excellence in the field of video technology.
The Head of Department at Video Technology, Professor Philippe Wade welcomed everyone to the awards that included the students and parents, staff and friends of the department. “It’s really exciting to come to celebrate the works of our students throughout the year. The quality of work that I see at the Video Technology Department is absolutely astonishing. Alumnis of DUT have already won five international Emmy awards, there are thousands of success stories and we want it to continue. One of the reasons that students succeed so much is due to the parents. We have to thank you (parents) for all the effort you put in and the dedication that contributes massively to the students’ successes,” he said.
Video Technology’s senior lecturer of Television at DUT Cary Burnett and Professor Pete Burnett handed out Certificates of Achievements awards for Academic Achievements, Outside Broadcast, Debut Drama, Music Video/Montage, Drama, Insert and Music Video awards, to name but a few. Also, they gave out Certificates of Excellence awards for Best Sound, Script, Editing, Innovation, Bruce Dobie Award for Initiative and the Combined Artist Award for Outstanding Achievement which were some of the highlights.
Two Video Technology students Nasiphi Debe and Austin Mohabir received a cash prize award of R3000 each from Gela Productions.
Video Technology student Zama Mtshali clinched the awards for Best Video and Best Editing. Speaking on her achievement, senior lecturer Carey Burnett added that Zama certainly had an eye for camera work. “What really struck us was that the video montage was shot entirely on campus and through the video we were able to see the extraordinary from the ordinary,” she said.
The dynamic Video Technology student, Wade Danhauser reeled in the Best Camera Award. Speaking on his achievement, Prof Burnett said that there was a lot of ‘behind the scene’ planning done by Danhauser for his piece at the circus.
One of the prestigious awards given was the Bruce Dobie Award for Initiative which was awarded to Angelique Botha. Speaking on Botha, Burnett added that it is the most prized award in the film and television industry. “The idea of seeing what is needed before being asked, making things work. Botha was very much the ‘go to’ person for other students in the department. She worked in no less than 13 other productions other than her own,” she said.
Last but not least, the Combined Artist Award for Outstanding Achievement was given to Mondli Mtshali.
“He is a star, to be able to balance and to go from a documentary to another subject matter, to something like a music montage that is absolutely beautiful, but in a completely different way, looking at what it means to be human, there is this common thread that he explores in a very diverse way,” said Cary Burnett.
Pictured: Video Technology’s Cary Burnett, Angelique Botha (winner of the Bruce Dobie Award for Initiative), and Professor Philippe Wade.