Behind the Scenes: EMC Productions

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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-imgresviewer 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 and VER Partner to Create Unique Opportunity for Students

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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.


EMC Productions Gives Professional Experience to MTSU Students


EMC Productions is MTSU’s driving force in student broadcasting. Having taken the College Sports Media Award for best student-produced sports broadcast in the nation, the team has quite a distinguished reputation. For the last nine years Assistant Professor Robert Gordon has been helping MTSU students learn professional level live video broadcast experience.  With help from MTSU’s mobile production lab, Gordon and the team of students broadcast coverage from events ranging from MTSU Athletics to award shows, musical events, and local music and art festival Bonnaroo.

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-5-15-17-pmEMC Productions is essentially the varsity team for live TV production at MTSU. Production students need to be ambitious and talented make the cut. There are currently about thirty students involved in EMC Productions.  Students do not receive credit hours for their involvement, but the key positions are paid. Like other athletic teams, students must practice, stay competitive, and be continually motivated to perform in order to stay on the line-up.

Working with professionals in this environment goes a long way in filling out a resumé and a LinkedIn profile. To learn more about EMC Productions contact Assistant Professor Robert Gordon or visit EMC Productions.

MTSU Film and Photo Students featured at ARTLightenment Art and Film Festival


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.

artl2016posterMake 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.

Shelby Lee Adams Exhibit Now Open in The Baldwin Photographic Gallery


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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.


There’s a student organization for every EMC major

Student org fair 2016

The main hallway of the College of Media and Entertainment was abuzz last week with a fair and exposition of the student organizations affiliated with programs in the College. For the EMC department in particular, there is at least one student organization for every EMC major. The exposition was sponsored and organized by the MTSU ACM SIGGRAPH chapter of the world’s largest organization for computer graphics and interactivity.

Any student enrolled at MTSU may join any official MTSU student organization. One’s studies do not even need to relate to the organization, however, most student organizations naturally attract members whose major is relevant to the field.

Student organizations can provide valuable qualities to the university experience. Because student members decide among themselves how and what they want to do with their organizations, this provides opportunities that are not available in the curriculum. When students who share common interests get together, there is both camaraderie, and an opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to the educational experience. Many students use these opportunities to generate experience points for their resumes and content for their portfolios.

EMC-related student organizations:

ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter is one of only 20 official university chapters worldwide. It is part of the world’s largest organization for computer graphics and interactivity.


MTSU Film Guild is a group of student filmmakers dedicated to developing the skills necessary to pursue careers in the filmmaking industry.

MTSU Film Guild on Facebook

MTSU Cinema Club is an organization created to promote the art form of film from technical, artistic, and cultural aspects. Each week members will meet to watch a film and then discuss its strengths, weaknesses, and overall importance.

MTSU Cinema Club on Facebook

MT10 is MTSU’s student-run television station. MT10 gives students opportunities to work in production and management while operating a television station. Members have three types of opportunities for participation and involvement: 1) leadership as an officer or manager, 2) participation with the stations live news programs, and 3) participation with the stations entertainment programs.

MT10 on Facebook

MTSU Photo Society brings together the community of photography students, faculty, alumni, and local amateurs to share work, discuss issues in photography, connect with each other, and promote excellence in photography.

MTSU Photo Society on Facebook

MTSU Social Media Club aims to expand digital media literacy, share lessons learned, encourage adaption of industry standards, and promote ethical behavior in social media.

Social Media Club on Facebook

WMTS is MTSU’s student-run radio station. WMTS 88.3 FM is completely student operated, offering hands-on broadcasting experience, and giving students a voice throughout our community.

WMTS Website

VR/AR Club aims inform students of current developments within the field of Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality while engaging them with the theory and practice of Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality in a multimedia landscape.

VR/AR Club website

Women in Film and Television MTSU seeks to educate, inspire, and encourage women to become leaders in the Film/TV and related media industries. We are open to interested people of all genders and majors.

Women in Film and Television MTSU website

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.

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.

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.