By Ben Otte
From promoting events and highlighting athletics through a lens, many upperclassmen may remember Kevin Otte for the videos he produced during his high school career for the morning announcements.
“In Junior High my friends and I made videos and we’d post them on YouTube. Then in High School, I started getting more interested in video making. I started making videos for sports,” Otte says. “Mr. Deprator, who was the TV studio director at the time, really pushed me to keep producing content for the morning announcements and to just get better at what I do.”
Still staying true to those words today, Otte took his talent to the next level, now doing similar work for a weekly sports show known as OwlSports Update at Temple University in Philadelphia. As chief videographer of the show, Otte spends much of his time filming and editing together video packages that are featured on the show.
After being encouraged along with other classmates from the School of Media & Communication, the Red Lion Class of 2011 graduate was one of many students to submit their work to the NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards Committee in late May in hopes to receive an Emmy nomination.
A few months later Otte received a message from a Temple studio worker that his submission had been nominated by the committee in the Collegiate Sports Production category.
The video work Otte submitted highlighted former men’s basketball guard TJ DiLeo as a student athlete. Working together with reporter Tanya Hubbard, the submission also gave a behind-the-scenes perspective of the atmosphere of last year’s Temple Men’s Basketball team’s trip to the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, OH.
Now with the nomination at-hand, the 2013 NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards Committee will host a dinner on September 7 to announce the winners within the various categories.
“Although it is a huge honor to be nominated for this award, I unfortunately can’t make it to dinner because I’m previously committed to film a wedding on that same day,” explains Otte. “It is an accomplishment by itself to be nominated for this award. Either way, I’m very excited to see what the future holds.”
Many say it’s Otte’s passion and dedication that got him to where he is today.
“This would’ve never happened without Mr. Deprator and doing all the TV and video work I did in high school,” he says. “That’s how it all started.”