"My Hero" Wins Student Emmy for Children's Programming





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Published on Apr 2, 2012

BYU Student Film "My Hero" won a College Television Award for Best Children's Program 2012. The film is about a 10-year-old boy, Kevin, and his action figure friend, Super Hero.

Kevin, who loves comic books and action figures, reaches an age where kids start to make fun of him and he must decide whether to own up to his interests or give into peer pressure and follow the crowd.

"The message of the film is that you should be proud of who you are," said Brandon Ho, who wrote and directed the film. "We often worry too much about what other people think. We shouldn't be ashamed of who we are and we shouldn't let other people determine how we feel about ourselves."

The film takes on bullying issues directly, as the main character is bullied for his interests. Ho said part of the story comes from his own experience. He once tried to prevent a bully from picking on another child and ended up getting beat up by the bully. In the film Kevin does the same but walks away unhurt.

"This was a special project for me; It was the culmination of everything I've been learning and studying here at BYU," he said. "This was the film where I really got to take my education and put it into practice and see if my theories really were reality or if they were just nice ideals to have."

My Hero was produced by film students Erin Anderson and Brandon Habermeyer, who accepted the Emmy during ceremonies March 31, 2012, in Los Angeles.

See http://news.byu.edu/archive12-apr-emm... for information about other student Emmy winners.

Video feature produced by BYU University Communications
Producer Julie Walker; Photographer Brian Wilcox, Editor Nicholas Adams

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