MTSU’s EMC Productions wins national award for Outstanding 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.

The Baldwin Photo Gallery features Steve McCurry

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For the last 30 years Steve McCurry has put himself in dangerous and delicate situations alike in order to tell stories that so many others can not. What distinguishes McCurry’s style is his ability to capture the human emotions that reside in these situations, and the stories that are told only through one’s portrait. Steve McCurry

The Baldwin Photography Gallery at MTSU’s Bragg Building recently featured work from the famous photographer. Although the exhibit is not currently up, to get more information on McCurry and his work, visit his website.

For more information about the Baldwin Photography Gallery and for upcoming and past exhibits visit The Baldwin Gallery’s Website.

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
Student Union Ballroom D/E

The MTSU Film Guild wraps up a great year of student filmmaking

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Film Guild in vegasThe MTSU Film Guild, a dedicated group of student filmmakers, has over the past several months shown exponential growth, connecting with alumni and other professionals in the Nashville entertainment industry and beyond.

Recently, No Cleaner Threads, a short-film produced and shot entirely by Film Guild students, screened in New Mexico at the inaugural Las Cruces International Film Festival. In April of this year, the same short-film screened for industry-professionals from around the country at the 2016 BEA Festival of Media Arts in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several Film Guild members were in attendance representing MTSU.

In the Fall of 2015, Film Guild members partnered with Grammy-Nominated artist Gareth Laffely to produce a music video honoring Regen Morris, a young Tennessean who passed away from brain cancer in 2013. Partial proceeds from the song are benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, with the finished music video set to screen at the Grammy-Nomination reception in Chicago, Illinois.

In February of 2016, a crew of 40 Film Guild members represented MTSU in the Middle Tennessee 54 Hour Film Festival. The festival challenges filmmakers from around the region to write, shoot, and edit a short film in its entirety within a 54 Hour time period. This year’s festival attracted in excess of 50 teams from throughout Middle Tennessee. To accomplish the challenge, the Film Guild collaborated with MTSU alum Adam Mills and TV and motion picture rental house High End TV to shoot in 4K resolution with the Sony FS7 camera and Lomo Superspeed lenses. The experience provided an invaluable real-world challenge for Film Guild members. In late April, the films screened at Nashville’s Regal Hollywood 27. The Film Guild’s production of “Time Well Spent” was nominated for Best Picture for the 2016 competition.

12962613_10209624552317303_763063025_oIn addition to its professional-scale productions, the Film Guild also hosts workshops throughout the semester. The 2015 / 2016 school year has welcomed some notable guests such as Steadicam Operator Tony Reyes, Arri Alexa and DaVinci Color Correction Workshops with Matt Satterfield, and Assistant Directing with DC Suicide Squad’s 1st AD Bruce Franklin.

To finish out the semester, the Film Guild traveled to Regal Cinemas’ Headquarters in Knoxville, TN for a special demonstration from the mind behind Regal’s RPX, engineer John Hooper. Members were given hands-on experience with Sony 4K Projectors, 3-D Projectors, and Dolby Atmos audio engineering.

MTSU Film Guild logoFor the Fall 2016 semester, the Film Guild will meet Tuesday nights. All meetings are free and open to all interested students. All shoots are put on at little-to-no costs to students, with the support of the MTSU CSIL office. Contact for more information.

This post was written by Film Guild president Justin Carroll.

Exciting spring semester for EMC multi-camera students

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This semester is shaping up to be a very busy and exciting one for students studying live television production in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment’s Department of Electronic Media Communication.

The 25-person EMC Productions “varsity production team” has already produced five nine-camera live MT basketball games for Conference USA Digital Network and Blue Raider Network. The first one this season was from the Bridgestone Arena.

EMC Productions also produced their third “WHO KNEW” program, a TedTalk-style event presented by Nashville’s Music Industry Forum at Third and Lindsley in Nashville.

Last week, EMC Productions was hired to by NFHS Network to produce six TSSAA Boys and Girls Basketball Championship games, for satellite distribution by PlayOn! Sports, a professional sports network.

This May, EMC Productions will again produce the “Raiders Choice Awards” for MT Athletics.

Multicam studentsOver a single weekend, the EMC/RIM advanced television production concert class produced the IBMA-award-winning Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver concert with Riders In The Sky, a Grammy-winning western/comedy act who have had both a CBS and an NPR series plus a song in the movie “Toy Story.” Both performances were recorded at‪ the Franklin Theater. ‬‬‬‬‬

In April, the class will produce a concert with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn and the MTSU Dance Theater Concert at MTSU’s Tucker Theater.

The EMC 3140 Multi-camera class is also busy producing six live baseball games for Conference USA Digital Network and The Blue Raider Network, six modern dances for video, seven episodes of a cooking series called “Snackbreak” and a two episode game show series.

The EMC 2131 basic studio production class will be producing 22 interview segments and 22 demonstration segments as class projects.

In and among the above efforts, multi-camera students have produced an interview show for Recording Industry Department with Beverly Keel and Bill Carter and an interview special for MT Athletics with ten members of the 1963 Blue Raider Men’s Basketball Team.

Before the semester ends, multi-camera students will have produced a six-episode interview/performance Songwriter Master Class series with Odie Blackman; another series of interview/performance programs for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the 2016 Blue Spark Awards.

We will also be planning our summer return to Bonnaroo, where last summer, we produced 16 live concerts in 4 days. At the same time, we will prep for the Fall 2016 Women’s Volleyball and Soccer telecasts where students have produced as many as 27 live games in 15 weeks.

Bob Gordon, Assistant Professor of Multi-Camera program production said, “I am proud of the enthusiasm, and the endurance of the EMC and RIM students who combine forces for these exciting, real-world styled projects.”

The College of Media and Entertainment leans forward.

EMC at the CMAs

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Country music’s biggest night was also a big night for 25 (and counting) MTSU alumni and current students from MTSU’s College of media and Entertainment. Alumni and students from Electronic Media Communication (EMC) Department worked in a variety of production positions and several RIM alumni worked in audio positions.

LEAD/Technical Producer for ABC – Nic Dugger
Technical Director – Tony Holt
James Stevens – Graphics
Replay – JJ Hacker
Associate Producer – Bethany Dameron
Associate Producer – Samantha Smith
Video Shader – Melody Carson
A1/Live Mixer – Adam Ellis
Live Graphics Operator – Haley Burnett
Truck Engineer – Chris Payne
A2/Stage Manager – Joe Harvey
A2/Stage Manager – Tanner Freese
Robo Cam – Jacob Stong
Robo Cam – Michael Welsh
Camera – Arr/Press Room – Patrick Gibbs
Camera – SR/Back Hall – Murphy Mulvihill
Camera – Set/Pool Feed Cam – Stephan Peters
Truck Utility – Chris Robertson
Lead Truck Utility – Jared Bowers
Lighting/Grip – Adam Mills
Truck EIC – Rob Devlin
ENG Camera – Joel Wilson
Production Assistant – Robbie Weaver
Production Assistant – Justin Carrol
Production Assistant – Brett Gilbert

CMA poster signed by MTSU alumni and current students working the television production of the event. Photo courtesy of Nic Dugger.

CMA poster signed by MTSU alumni and current students working the television production of the event. Photo courtesy of Nic Dugger.

RED Digital Demos RED Epic Dragon to EMC Students

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Red-Camera-LogoOn Tuesday, September 15th, RED Digital, one of the leading cinema camera manufacturers in the world, made a special trip to Murfreesboro to demonstrate some new functionality of their RED Epic Dragon to EMC Students. Travis Sims- who specializes in RED Education, showed EMC Students some tips and tricks on how to best utilize a RED Camera in the field. Students were shown how to correctly set color temperature, and how to correctly balance between shutter speeds and ISO on the camera. The room was packed full with students wanting to learn as much as they can about the equipment. RED Digital noted that due to the high interest of students and faculty, they will be returning in November for another demonstration.

Student Organization Fair

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There’s a student organization for everyone in the College of Media and Entertainment. It’s a great way to get experience in your field, build your resume, and network with students and professionals! Students rule and it’s a lot of fun.

Thursday, Sept. 3
10am to 2pm
Main hallway of the College of Media & Entertainment

Come and meet these great organizations:

  • Ad Club
  • Audio Engineering Society
  • Cinema Club
  • EMC Productions
  • Film Guild
  • GrammyU
  • MT10, student television
  • Photo Society
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Sidelines
  • Social Media Club
  • Society for Electronic Music
  • WMTS 88.3, student radio
  • Women in Film & Television ** New Organization

The College of Media & Entertainment would like to thank the MTSU ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter for putting together the Student Organization Fair and giving students the opportunity to get involved in professional organizations.

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