Former Ranger photographer wins state Emmy for documentary

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Robbin Cresswell, former student and Lone Star Emmy winner, shoots digital video at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 8.  Photo by Edmund Lo

Robbin Cresswell, former student and Lone Star Emmy winner, shoots digital video at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 8. Photo by Edmund Lo

Photography student’s skills land her an award and a job.

By Amanda Tetens

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

A documentary video by former photography student Robbin Cresswell received a 2014 student award from Lone Star Emmy, a Texas chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

She originally submitted the video, “Professional Farrier,” as a final project for her class, COMM 1317, News Photography 2, with Professor Edmund Lo.

The video earned an award in the chapter’s Lone Star College/University Regional Student Production category for News: General Assignment – Light News.

Cresswell said the award came as a surprise because she had no experience in video editing prior to the class. Cresswell said to challenge herself, she decided to do a video for the final project instead of a photo.

“I thought video journalism was my weakest point,” Cresswell said.

She said the video, which showed the process of making horseshoes, took a full day to shoot and about 18 hours of editing.

She said after submitting the video she thought that was the end of it.

After the video was posted to The Ranger online, it drew the attention for a nomination.

“She was a very mature student,” Lo said. “That really helped her effectively learn the skills from the course.”

Cresswell said her experience on this campus not only helped her win this award, but it also helped her land her current job as an administrative assistant for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in the communication department, where she uses her photography and video skills for the department’s social media accounts.

Cresswell said she attended this campus off and on for the past 10 years, taking classes here and there.

She said after losing her job and being out of work for a year and a half, she took the news photography class to sharpen her skills,

“(I learned) to deal with a lot of different people and adhere to deadlines.”

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