Student Video Captures Hartman Foundation First Prize
Academy of Art University students Eli Africa, Luis Calero, Nico Hernandez, Sin Wang, Jason
Yee and Vanessa Yuille recently won the top prize, a $7,500 award, in the Hartman Foundation
Scholarship competition. An even mix of
School of Motion Pictures and Television
School of Multimedia Communications
students, the team captured real cowboy life in a short video entitled The Cowboy in All of Us to
Celebrating the 25th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,
the Hartman Foundation challenged students to create a video highlighting how Hollywood has
portrayed real cowboys in films past and present. With so many films glamorizing and spoofing the
cowboy lifestyle, the group gave careful consideration to the theme of their project.
They finally settled on the notion that if cowboys are a dying breed; then they will live on
through the immortalization of true cowboys in Hollywood. Paying tribute to one of the greatest
Hollywood Westerns, The Magnificent Seven, the group proudly dubbed themselves “The Magnificent
During their brainstorming, the team realized each person possessed distinct capabilities
within their craft. Playing to their own unique “magnificence,” they divided up the work to produce
the video. The project ended up being an illuminating lesson in artistic collaboration and
inventive storytelling that Academy of Art University students often experience in courses.
“I think it’s really cool how this school is full of such different artists, and that we are
recognized for our ingenuity and able to contribute to our fullest when working together,” said
Jason, Multimedia Communications student.
From fashion to filmmaking, Academy of Art University students experience all forms of art
and design, making them more desirable to the professional world. In his final semester at the
Academy, Nico, an international student from the Phillipines, says that his time at the School of
Motion Pictures and Television has prepared him for life.
“The filmmaking program is powerful in terms of learning storytelling and the specialized
techniques you need to know in the industry. I would highly recommend it to other international
students like me. I feel like I grew as a person here and learned things that I never imagined,”
Nico looks forward to his future in the film industry in the States or the Phillipines, while
Jason and Vanessa are just getting started on the journey to the career of their dreams, but the
entire Magnificent Six team has one thing in common, the ability and the passion to achieve