Ocean exploration internships for Video & Film Production students

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nautilus_smallImagine yourself visiting exotic locations aboard a world-class scientific research ship, exploring the ocean depths via remote video cameras. Sunken ships, deep-sea creatures, and possibly even sunken treasure await.

For many years recently retired EMC Professor Mary Nichols has worked during the summer months aboard the Exploration Vehicle (E/V) Nautilus, a 64 meter scientific research vehicle. The leader of this mission is Dr. Robert Ballard, best known for his 1985 discovery of the RMS Titanic. Internships are available for EMC students. Many EMC students have taken advantage of this great opportunity in the past – including Nic Dugger who now runs TNDV.

Apply now for 2016 internships. CLICK HERE

Applications will close January 16, 2016.

EMC Ryan Skelley alumnus worked for three summers as an intern aboard the nautilus, and is now a paid employee.

EMC Ryan Skelley alumnus worked for three summers as an intern aboard the nautilus, and is now a paid employee.

EMC facilities are getting a serious graphics upgrade with Ross XPression

XPression

Studio 1 and Studio 2 in the Bragg building are set for a major graphics upgrades with the installations of two Ross XPression real-time motion graphics systems. XPression is a system of real-time motion graphics, clip servers, workflow tools, and purpose-built software applications that can be used in any kind of live TV productions such as news, sports, elections, etc. This is the system chosen by high-volume production TV networks such as ESPN and E!

Learn more and watch a video at this link.

The essence of this system is the production and real-time playback of motion graphics. This is an essential part of live television production and those with the right expertise can make an entire career of working with this type of system.

James StevensXPression Training Thursday, Oct. 8 at noon
EMC alumnus James Stevens will conduct an XPression training seminar for interested students this Thursday, October 8 at noon in Studio 1. James is an Emmy Award winner who has worked with this system on shows such as the CMT Awards, CMA Awards, So You Think You Can Dance, Big Brother, and others. James has also taught motion graphics classes here at MTSU and is an EMC inductee of the Wall of Fame.

MTSU has a major presence at SIGGRAPH 2015, the world’s largest computer graphics conference

Left to right: Jared Moore, Caleb Hoskins, Jackie Vazquez, Kelsey Hoggard, Professor Marc Barr, Anthony Filipas, Cole Smeltzer, Angel Agee

Over twenty MTSU students, two MTSU professors and many alumni are organizing, attending, and participating at the 2015 SIGGRAPH Conference going on this week in Los Angeles, CA. It’s the perfect venue for students enrolled in MTSU’s Animation program to learn directly from movers and shakers in the industry.

MTSU’s own Professor Marc Barr is the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference Chair. It is a great honor for our university that Professor Barr has been put in charge of this huge and important conference. Here is an official overview video of the conference from Professor Barr:

Seven MTSU students have been selected as official student volunteers working at the conference, and recent MTSU Animation graduate, Natalie Rountree is working as an official Leader for student volunteers.

MTSU Assistant Professor Kevin McNulty is serving as Education Committee member, Education Committee Booth Manager, and Curator for the 4th Annual Faculty Submitted Student Work Exhibit.

MTSU Animation Alumnus and Oscar winner, Mikki Rose, currently working at Blue Sky Studios is serving as Computer Animation Festival Program Chair for the Conference. Mikki is also an inductee of the Wall of Fame for our College.

MTSU Animation Alumnus, Mike Hardison, currently working at Blizzard Entertainment is serving as the Games Program Chair for the Conference.

MTSU has one of only twenty university SIGGRAPH chapters world wide. Student members gather to hear special presentations from industry leaders and participate in events such as this conference. For more information, contact faculty advisor Assistant Professor Kevin McNulty.

MTSU students Victor Chavez, Anthony Filipas, Caleb Hoskins and Cole Smeltzer pause for a snapshot outside the exhibit hall.

MTSU students Victor Chavez, Anthony Filipas, Caleb Hoskins and Cole Smeltzer pause for a snapshot outside the exhibit hall.