Telly Awards honor two LLNL videos

The 44th Annual Telly Awards honored Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with five awards for two videos that helped announce the Lab’s Dec. 5, 2022, fusion ignition achievement and visualize how experiments happen at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). LLNL’s Technical Information Department (TID) and the Office of Strategic Communications collaborated on the winning projects.

“Communicating and visualizing complex science such as high energy density physics using 3D modeling, animation, and video are important tools for sharing our research and accomplishments,” said Mitch Vander Vorst, TID department head. “These projects are great collaborative efforts, from conceptualization and writing to editing the final product that best tells the story succinctly. Continuing to build out these capabilities with a highly talented staff is paying off and helps showcase the Lab to a broad audience.”

The “National Ignition Facility Achieves Fusion Ignition” video won a Silver Telly Award in the Non-Broadcast — Writing category and the Bronze Telly Winner in the People’s Telly — Non-Broadcast category. The project team included Breanna Bishop, Adam Connell, Blaise Douros, Benny Evangelista, John Jett, Patricia Koning, Jason Laurea, and Elenita O’Malley.

The Beamline to Ignition” was a Silver Telly Winner in Non-Broadcast — 3D Graphics/Animation (Non-Stereoscopic) category and Non-Broadcast — Government Relations category, and a Bronze Telly Winner in People’s Telly — Non-Broadcast category. This animation shows how experiments happen at NIF, starting with the initial laser pulse and ending with data collection after the lasers fire on the target. The project team included Brian Chavez, Adam Connell, Ryan Goldsberry, John Jett, Patricia Koning, Jason Laurea, Jacob Long, Bob Sickles, Eric Smith, and Brendan Thompson.

Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and platforms. This year, nearly 13,000 entries were submitted from 50 countries and 5 continents. The entries were judged by leaders from major video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.