MTSU’s EMC Productions wins national award for Outstanding Student-Produced Live Game Production

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EMC Productions, MTSU’s live TV production varsity team has won the award for Outstanding Live Game Production, Collegiate Student category of the College Sports Media Awards. The College Sports Media Awards are conducted by the Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The award was announced June 1, 2017 in Atlanta in this national competition’s awards ceremony. The winning entry was for EMC Production’s coverage of the men’s basketball game between MTSU and Florida International and aired on ESPN3.

On hand to accept the award for EMC Productions were Zac Leonard, Stephen Hart, Kaelin Bastin, and Logan Day. All four of these students held key positions in the winning production team. Professor Bob Gordon, Executive Producer for EMC Productions had this to say about the team, “These students go beyond what is required. They don’t look at these events as assignments they have to do. They look at them as fun, exciting, shows that they want to do. They are preparing for a career in live event television production and I love helping them get their start.”

EMC Productions students with the SVG award. Logan Day, Kaelin Bastin, Zac Leonard, and Stephen hart

EMC Productions students with the SVG award. Logan Day, Kaelin Bastin, Zac Leonard, and Stephen Hart

This is the second win of this coveted award by EMC Productions. The first win was in 2014 for their live coverage of the men’s basketball game between MTSU and East Carolina.

EMC Productions is a unique organization at MTSU. It is essentially the university’s varsity team for live TV event production. Students compete for positions on the team, and just like athletics teams they must work and practice to develop their skills. The name of the organization will change to Media Arts Productions on July 1, 2017 when the name of the department changes from Electronic Media Communication (EMC) to Media Arts.

First Look Showcases Exemplary Work by EMC Students

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FIRST LOOK is an annual showcase sampling of the best work of the academic year done by students in MTSU’s Department of Electronic Media Communication (EMC).

The official screening event for FIRST LOOK 2017 will take place on May 4, 2017 at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. Media industry professionals are invited to attend as well as EMC students and their families. A catered reception will take place in the theater immediately after the screening.fl17-logo-v1

First Look is a showcase for everything we do here at the EMC department, whether it be a film, photography, animation, or interactive media. If you have a project that could be considered the best, talk to your professor about how to enter or check out the EMC First Look page and submit!

FIRST LOOK: a screening of exemplary student work


Nothing inspires like seeing one’s peers do great work! That’s why it’s so worthwhile to attend EMC’s FIRST LOOK screening on September 21 at 3pm in the Student Union Ballroom. This one-hour event is a screening of exemplary work done by MTSU film, video, animation, and photography students.

FIRST LOOK 2016 laurelsThe FIRST LOOK 2016 selections were chosen from student work completed in the 2015-16 year. Each spring the EMC department assembles this kind of sampling to present to the professional marketplace in Nashville. Last year’s presentation was May 3, 2016 at Green Hills Cinema. The EMC department holds an on-campus screening in the fall semester. This year’s fall screening is co-sponsored by MT Engage.

Many of the selections in the screening have gone into the national film festival circuit. Come and see this excellent work on the big screen in the Student Union Ballroom.

If you are a current EMC student, come and see the work of your peers – and start thinking about what you might submit for possible selection in FIRST LOOK 2017!

3:00pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Enter your script or film in the Nashville Film Festival

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Calling all aspiring filmmakers! Now is the time to get your entry ready for the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), now in its 47th year. The festival celebrates scripts, films, and web series.

Winning scripts will have the opportunity to be read by top industry heavy-hitters, while all semi-finalists and finalists will earn passes to the festival in April. This is a great opportunity for writers to learn, network and have a great time with other writers, filmmakers and industry professionals.

The festival is offering over $60,000 in cash and prizes, including the passes to the festival for semi-finalists and finalists, where industry players and indie and professional filmmakers from all over mingle. As one of the oldest film festivals in the country, NaFF has established great relationships with studios and industry insiders who can help writers get scripts made.

For more information about the Screenwriting Competition, past winner’s success stories and more, see the NaFF website.

For students and alumni interested in entering NaFF’s Film and Web Series Competitions, see NaFF’s film page.

EMC First Look 2015 now viewable on Vimeo

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On May 7, 2015 EMC rented Nashville’s Belcourt Theater for a screening of a sampling of the best EMC student work of the year. The screening consisted of a one hour and seventeen minute compilation of portions of those works. Now the compilation is available for full viewing as well as each of the twenty-five films sampled in the comp reel.

CLICK HERE to view any or all of the films.

Photo by Professor Jonathan Trundle.

Photo by Professor Jonathan Trundle.

EMC FIRST LOOK showcases the best student work of the year

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FIRST LOOK Facebook logoOn May 7 EMC took over Nashville’s Belcourt Theater for its third annual screening of a sampling of the best EMC student work of the year. More than one student commented on how wonderful it was to see the work on the big screen. The one hour and seventeen minute screening presented a sampling of the best video work of the year. Also shown on the big screen was a sampling of the best student photography of the year. An interactive display was also presented with a sampling of interactive media projects on mobile and desktop systems.

Attendance was estimated at somewhere between 250 and 300. Attendees included industry professionals, student and their families, faculty, and alumni. A catered reception immediately followed the event inside the theater and allowed many introductions to be mode.

Video work covered a broad sampling from the department including animation, short films, music videos, documentary films, broadcast journalism, and experimental works.

Photography samples included commercial, studio, artistic, photojournalism, and even a set of 3D photos.

The event is called FIRST LOOK because it is the media industry’s first look at the new talent coming out of MTSU.

The videos from the event will soon be published on Vimeo, and will be announced when available.

Students Will Messerschmidt, Felicia Chun, and Scotty Wright welcomed guests to the event.

Students Will Messerschmidt, Felicia Chun, and Scotty Wright welcomed guests to the event.

View from the projection booth. All photos by Professor Jonathan Trundle.

View from the projection booth. All photos by Professor Jonathan Trundle.