The Winners for the 43rd Telly Awards have been announced. With over 12,000 entries from all 50 States and 5 Continents, the Telly Awards are extremely competitive and strictly judged. Videos, including television commercials, documentaries, and web videos, are entered each year, and only a few hundred awards are granted.

This year, Edit House Productions is pleased to announce that 2 first-place videos were selected for the recent thirty-minute documentary, the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial “Spirit of the Ceremony,” featuring anchor Colton Shone. The documentary aired on KOB-TV in Albuquerque in August 2021.

The two first-place statues are awarded for best “Cinematography” and “Cultural Documentary.”

The project started in late 2020, during the Covid pandemic. Multiple days were spent over Zoom meetings discussing the pre-production of the project. Pre-Production is the planning phase of any video production. During the pre-production, locations were selected, interviewees were discussed, and travel was planned for June 2021.

Footage for the documentary was recorded between June and July 2021, using our Sony FS700 matched cameras. Multiple interviews with dancers, tribal members, and community members were recorded. In fact, in just four days, over 10 hours of raw footage, that’s over 5Tb of footage, was recorded for the thirty-minute documentary.

Filming was strenuous, at times temperatures reaching near 110 degrees near our main filming location, the Reck Rock Park Amphitheater in Gallup, New Mexico.

After filming and cooling off, we began ingesting to the raw footage. The ingesting process is transferring all recorded media off the camera’s internal cards onto our server back at Edit House Productions.

Editing began in mid-July 2021. After ingesting footage, we laid out each interview’s footage onto a timeline in Adobe’s Premiere Pro. The footage was then transcribed so we could visually see what each person was saying. Highlighted sections of each interview were selected and then pulled into a new sequence in Premiere Pro.

Editing continued by maneuvering each interview section into a place that told a story of the event. Once the footage was on the timeline sequence, the story was clear; we began adding what we call b-roll footage. B-roll footage is additional footage of activity that the interviewee may have been talking about or mentioned during the recorded section.

Once the documentary was completed, it was sent to KOB-TV, where it aired on August 19, 2021.

Edit House Productions was pleased to participate and partner with KOB-TV and the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial for this historic project. We are grateful for the wonderful feedback and now two National first-place awards for the documentary.

If your business or entity could benefit from a television commercial, online web video, or documentary, reach out to Edit House Productions today.


Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Kim says she’s always been fascinated with mass communication and the way that people receive news, advertisements, and information. That’s changed a lot in the last few years!

At Edit House, she’s involved in the development of video messages for our clients’ broadcast media buys, website, and training videos as well as overseeing the media buying for our clients.

She loves learning the specifics of each client’s business and designing a plan to move them forward.

Kim also loves documentary production and has won several national and international awards for writing and production. Those productions have taken Kim and Ed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to NASA’s mission control in Houston, to most areas of New Mexico.

Kim earned her MA and BA degrees in Mass Communication from the University of South Dakota, then taught at state universities in Kansas before starting her own advertising agency in 1990. After a move to New Mexico in 1995 and 10 years in broadcast television sales management, she joined Ed in the company in 2005.

She enjoys gardening, camping, cooking, and time with her family and golden retriever, Pete.