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 Students Spend Fall Break Competing in 24 Hour Animation Contest


690 students from 29 schools from across the country, and the globe, competed in Animation Educators Forum’s 24 hour contest to create a 30 second film from scratch on Friday, October 7.This date happened to fall on Fall Break for the MTSU competitors. Each year the contest coordinators sets a theme parameter for student work, this year’s theme: Keeping in mind that walls can be both metaphorical and physical: “create a 30 second animated film that includes a WALL in one form or another.” You can view all submissions on the youtube playlist here.

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From the 139 groups of 5 students, 6 were from MTSU. Our Animation students worked diligently on their productions overnight, fueled by pizza and various forms of caffeine. The contest still proved to be a valuable learning experience for all those who participated.img_0157

Students practice their teamwork, time management, meeting deadlines, and of course, animation skills to push themselves past their comfort zones to compete each year. To learn more about the contest and Animation Educators Forum, visit the forum at And for more information about the Animation program at MTSU visit this webpage.