RANDOLPH COUNTY, W.Va. — Voting ends this Thursday for the 2019 Webby People’s Voice Awards, recognizing the best of the Internet, and among this year’s nominees is a Randolph County couple for their series of short science videos aimed at kids of all ages.
“Lullaby Theories,” from the minds of Jonathan Lacocque and Clara Lehmann and featuring the voices of their identical twin daughters, is nominated for Best Art Direction, Video – Performance and Craft.
“It’s an honor and it’s surreal. It’s really quite surreal,” said Clara Lehmann, a Helvetia native.
She and Lacocque, her husband, co-own Coat of Arms, a post-production studio they first opened in the Chicago area in 2010 before moving it to Helvetia in 2013 as the company and their family grew.
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In addition to the Webby People’s Voice Award, judges chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences could select “Lullaby Theories” for the separate Webby Awards.
The Webbys, now in their 23rd year with an international reach, are sometimes called “The Oscars of the Internet.”
Awards are presented in categories covering websites, video, advertising, media and public relations, apps, social, podcasts and games.
On this year’s nominee list are Apple, Spotify and Instagram along with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga.
In all this year, 13,000 entries for the Webbys were submitted from 50 states and 70 countries and fewer than ten percent were selected as nominees.
Lacocque said to see “Lullaby Theories,” a self-funded project, among them was “unexpected.”
“If you look at all the people kind of up for potentially winning, let’s say, a lot of them are still representing large cities, large agencies, large corporations,” he said.
Apple, for example, is one of the nominees in the Best Art Direction category.
Their nomination is proof, both he and Lehmann said, that “great content” can come from anywhere.
“We already felt really rewarded because we get to do what we want to do every day and we love it, so the fact that someone else that is a critic really enjoyed it, it just affirms what we love and that we want to continue,” Lehmann said.
The two, who first met at Carleton College in Minnesota, created “Lullaby Theories” with help from their twin daughters, Lucy and Sophia, now age 5, in between corporate projects.
“Because our kids are in it, their voices as well as mine, and then we directed, wrote and produced the entire series, we felt like it was kind of culmination of a lot of hard work finally being rewarded in a very positive way,” Lehmann said.
Each of the four episodes deals with a different scientific theory relating to epigenetics, pain, sleep and parallel worlds.
For each theory, scientists were consulted through The Science and Entertainment Exchange.
“It’s exploring theories that might be a little bit complicated, but that we want to explain from a four-year-old or five-year-old’s perspective so that they are very approachable and, also, so that science feels like it’s for everyone,” she explained.
The winners of the Webbys and Webby People’s Voice will be announced on April 23rd.
On May 13th, Jenny Slate, an actress and comedian, will host an awards ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Coat of Arms is nearing completion on a new project, a feature-length documentary called “Born in a Ballroom.”