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.
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!
Each Friday in the Bragg building at 1 p.m. students, faculty, and guests gather with EMC Chairman, Billy Pittard, at the EMC Friday Forum. It’s an open discussion about inspiration and information such as technological advances, curriculum, news and events as they relate to the EMC department. A recurring theme for the past few years has been the rise of virtual and augmented reality.
Friday, February 3rd, people gathered for a special opportunity to test out the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. The equipment was provided by the Makerspace located in the James E. Walker Library. All students present got to give the Vive and Rift a test drive.
Along with the virtual reality demonstration Bob Henderson, Media Professional, gave us a look at how he creates 360˚ images using a DSLR camera on a robotic mount.
Saturday, January 28, Harold Baldwin celebrated his 90th birthday at The Baldwin Photographic Gallery named in his honor and located in the John Bragg Media and Entertainment building. Family, friends, students, and faculty came out to celebrate the man who brought photography education to MTSU.
The band played and the crowd mingled and observed the current exhibit in Baldwin’s gallery, titled “Dignity” by Dana Gluckstein.
Harold Baldwin brought photographic education to MTSU in 1962 and taught hundreds of photographers until his retirement in 1991. In 1964, he began a tradition of bringing exhibitions of the work of the world’s great photographers to the MTSU campus. He also began a tradition of collecting at least one piece from each exhibition. Over the years his efforts amassed a priceless collection from world renown photographers.
As the MTSU campus evolved, the exhibition space was moved several times, and in 2012, the renovation of the LRC building threatened the permanent loss of space for the gallery. Understanding this, Harold donated $100,000 for the construction of the beautiful current gallery which opened in January of 2014. Harold also made a lifetime commitment to donate $1,250 to the gallery every month for the rest of his life to ensure ongoing exhibition of the finest photographic works.
The Baldwin Photographic Gallery is recognized as one of the finest galleries in the region. Featuring notable photographers and breathtaking photography, the gallery serves as a point of inspiration to the university and the entire region. Thank you Harold!
As MTSU Men’s Basketball team got ready for a game against Louisiana State, the EMC Productions team prepare to take on a challenge of their own. EMC Productions was hired by ESPN 3 to broadcast the game on January 28. Watch the video below for a special behind the scenes look at the fast paced and exciting world of EMC Productions as they cover the MTSU Men’s Basketball Team take on Louisiana Tech.
Here is a special look at the multi-viewer interface the production team uses to compete. Billy Pittard says “The student crew works as hard as the athletes on the court to produce the live broadcast. The quality of their performance is just as visible and just as critical as the athletes…” The first 2 and a half minutes you will hear the team get organized for the big countdown, then they’re live!
EMC Productions is a student staffed, faculty managed production team led by Assistant Professor Bob Gordon. Students are assigned positions such as Director, Production Manager, Camera Operator, and more to broadcast the events they are hired for. EMC Productions have been hired by MT Athletics to produce selected Football and Men’s and Women’s Basketball games for Networks like ESPN 3, American Sports Network, and BeIN Sports.
Students learn the ins and outs of MTSU’s $1.75 million Mobile Production Lab to successfully broadcast each event. The truck uses 9 cameras, 7 instant replays, and state of the art graphics and stats. Check here for more information about EMC Productions.
MTSU has partnered with VER to give students the opportunity to work with professional grade video entertainment equipment. VER is known for the largest inventory of rental professional grade audio, video, and recording equipment in the world. Three years ago MTSU was approached by VER who had the idea to lend the school an LED video wall in order to train students to use the technology that is becoming more broadly used by many touring artists and other live events. In that short period of time the company has already hired over a dozen recent graduates who received training in this program.
The LED wall in action at last years event at New Vision Baptist Church
In Michael Forbes’ Media Technology class (EMC 3090) he and his students are currently preparing for an upcoming event at New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. Students will design, program, and set up the wall to complement artists at the event. As the band performs, the video wall will display moving images created by the students to enhance the musical performance. The wall is 47 feet high and 11.5 feet tall and is estimated at ten thousand pounds.
Forbes’ class has three events on the schedule for this semester. One of which being the Recording Industry’s “End-of-Semester Show” in MTSU’s Tucker Theatre. This event will be a collaborative production between three different departments from the university. The musical performances and audio production will be from the Recording Industry Department, the lighting will be done by the Theatre Department and of course, the EMC Department is providing the video support in the form of the video wall, the video content on the wall, plus Professor Bob Gordon’s multi camera video production class will shoot and record the live performance.
Artlightenment is an annual Art Show and Film Festival which showcases visual artists, painters, sculptors and filmmakers. Created by painter and film producer, Robyn Morshead in 2009, this week long event is held at the Celebrity Center (Old Fall School Building), in Nashville, TN and also features workshops, live music and a fashion show, making this event a vital force in Nashville’s creative community.
Make sure to come out Thursday November 10 thru Saturday November 12 to show support for the MTSU Film and Photography students that will be featured at the festival. Tickets are only $10 for the week and this includes access to all exhibits, film screenings, fashion show, workshops and more.
For more information about the festival, the event schedule, and to buy tickets visit the Artlightenment Webpage.
Students from Allie Sultan’s Single Camera film production class documented the happenings from the Animation department’s 24 Hour Animation Contest. Congrats on a great job to all of the Animation students and the producers of “Illusion of Motion,” Christian Hall, Samuel White, and Kyle Mitchell.
Shelby Lee Adams self portrait
The photography of Shelby Lee Adams will be exhibited in The Baldwin Photographic Gallery from October 24, 2016 through January 19, 2017. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Bragg Building on the MTSU campus. The exhibit titled “Relationships” is composed of portraits of residents of the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky.
The photographer and author will be visiting campus on November 17 for a special lecture as well as a reception of his exhibit in The Baldwin Gallery.
Born in Hazard, Kentucky, Adams gained an understanding of the plight of the Appalachian region at an early age. His photography focuses on the relationship of the people of Appalachia and their lifestyle.
The October 28th installment of EMC’s Friday Forum will feature a screening of “The True Meaning of Pictures, “a documentary film about Shelby Lee Adam’s work. The screening will take place in the Bragg Building room 104 at 1 p.m. For more information about the author and photographer visit his blog.
EMC alumnus and co-founder of Gemini Production Group, Matthew Pessoni, revisited his alma mater on Friday to host the latest installment of EMC’s Friday Forum. Read more
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham gave MTSU students and faculty a mesmerizing interview on Mr. Meacham’s latest book, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. Read more