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November 15, 2007


Dominguez Hills Graduate Takes A First Place Award
in the 2007 California State University Media Arts Festival

(Carson, CA) Recent California State University, Dominguez Hills alumnus Johnny Santo Domingo won first place in the television category at the 2007 California State University Media Arts Festival, which was held November 2 through 4 at CSU Channel Islands. His entry, “Imagine,” which was partially filmed in the university’s Macintosh lab, depicts the creative process a student goes through in presenting a film project.

“It shows the whole process of storyboarding, conceptualization and finally executing it in a non-literal way,” Santo Domingo said. “All [our class] projects really help you develop those skills. With ‘Imagine’ being my last project here, I wanted to incorporate all those skills so that I could use it in my portfolio.”

In its 17th year, the Media Arts Festival is intended to help students in the CSU system make a successful transition between producing films, video and interactive media in college classes and working in related industries. Finalists are judged by a panel of industry experts in the categories of narrative, documentary, television, animation, music video, interactive media, experimental, feature screenplay, and short screenplay.

A fellow Dominguez Hills student, senior James Oda, was also a finalist in this year’s festival. His “Roll Real Slow” placed fifth in the music video category.

Santo Domingo, who graduated in May 2007 with a degree in television production/digital graphics, continues to gain professional experience at his alma mater as a production manager in the campus’ Department of Digital Media Arts. In addition, he is further developing his technical skills as an intern at Zoic Studio, a visual effects studio in Culver City.

“I help out the artists, doing runs for all the producers and soaking up all the information that’s passed around,” said Santo Domingo, who grew up in Victorville but now lives in Carson. “Ultimately, I want to direct. But, for now, I’m a compositor of visual effects. When you get a shot, there are usually multiple elements, like the live action, which you shoot with a camera. Then there are other elements, like for example a book floating around, which have to be done digitally. I have to take all those elements and piece them all together to make them realistic.”

Santo Domingo received $500 for his first place win in the Media Arts Festival, and his talents also earned the Dominguez Hills art department a $250 prize.

“It feels good [to win],” Santo Domingo enthused, who had been a 2006 Media Arts Festival finalist in the experimental, music video, and television categories. “I’ve never won anything in my life. It’s kind of crazy when you think about it, since there were 230 submissions in the entire festival. Knowing that and making it to the finals was pretty exciting.”

For more information about the festival, visit www.mediaartsfestival.org.

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About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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