posted May 24, 2012, 9:14 AM by Primary Admin   [ updated May 25, 2012, 8:51 AM ]
Living Arts College student Eric Hunsley won first place and a $1,500 cash prize in the “Emerging Professional PSA Competition”, held by the city’s Environmental Awards Program for 2012.  Hunsley wrote, directed, and edited the 30-second public service announcement, touting water conservation for the city of Raleigh that took top honors. The spot features Baines, a muscular man, and actor Kara Leigh Maloney. Baines is brushing his teeth and leaves the water on as Maloney, clad in a negligee, appears behind him. At first it appears Maloney’s character is admiring Baines’s physique, but she instead scolds him for wasting water. Two of the four other PSAs submitted by LAC students also earned honorable mentions.  In all, three groups of LAC students and students from four other schools produced 16 announcements. 

Hunsley overcame some challenges on the way to making the award-winning spot, hurdles that his instructor Michael Pearce said made for “an extremely tough pre-production period.” One involved finding an extremely-fit man who would be comfortable taking off his shirt. “Casting was a nightmare,” Hunsley said. Under Pearce’s guidance, students Ian Kowalski, Douglas Newman, Senora Roberson and Lizz Allred helped turn Hunsley’s idea into a prize-winner, and Hunsley credits his “incredible crew” with helping him earn top honors.