We are happy to introduce Amanda Quist as the newest member of the studio staff! Amanda is rejoining the campus as the Coordinator of Public, Education, and Government Access, a position that was created to help facilitate Bethany’s contract with the cities of Mankato and North Mankato to run the public access channels.
Landon Brands spent the summer in New York, New York completing a live action internship with Click 3X, a studio that does award-winning design, visual effects, and animation work .
Tell us about your responsibilities at Click 3X.
I worked as a production assistant on national commercials and TV promos, which meant helping on set, in the office, and all around New York City. I helped maintain our shooting space and equipment, and also spent time with graphics and client services as my schedule allowed. The highlight of my internship came when I was asked to help develop concepts and visuals alongside award-winning creatives for an international TV promo slated to air in 2015.
Benjamin Weber was one of three students to complete a summer internship at Mankato’s CBS-affiliated television station, KEYC-TV. As a production assistant, Ben learned how to floor direct–relaying messages between the anchor and director via headset. Additionally, he learned how to run audio for the newscast, helped with editing commercials together for the master controller, and generated a training guide for both the floor director and audio positions.
Stone Path Studios just wrapped up a summer of interesting projects. One of these jobs presents a compelling example of student designers making complicated concepts easily understandable, as the students went to work creating an animated infomercial for Minnesota Valley Credit Union. The piece explains what a Credit Union really is, and it allowed students Olivia Lee, Aimee Bruss, and Josh Kloster to successfully pitch a concept to the client and fully execute their design.
Becca Alberts just returned to Mankato from a summer in Hollywood where she completed a visual effects (vfx) internship with film studio Paramount Pictures.
Tell us about your responsibilities as an intern in the VFX department.
I mostly dealt with loaning assets (hard drives, printers, keyboards, etc.) to film production teams—logging them into our database when returned and preparing them to be shipped to various locations all over the world. One of my other responsibilities was to help put descriptions from scripts into “shot breakdowns” that allowed the team to determine the VFX side of a film’s budget.
Aimee Bruss just finished her summer internship at Sunstone Creative Group, Inc. in Mankato, Minnesota. At Sunstone, Aimee worked on a number of logo animations for clients and for the company itself. She also assisted when filming on location and learned more about shooting with a DSLR camera.
We heartily congratulate Brian Christiansen on being selected for an elite internship with ESPN! Brian was one of only six interns chosen from a pool of 18,000 applicants. It was a five month process from his initial application to the offer, with five phone interviews along the way.
“The application process was very intense, ” commented Brian. “But I felt very prepared for all of the questions, which made it easier to respond under pressure. Honestly, I just want to get out there. I’m tired of talking about it, it’s time to get to work.”
For students looking to join the design community, industry connections are highly valuable. This is why media arts professor Kurt Paulsen does what he calls a “stunt” project in his Visual Communication class.
For this project, the class is divided into teams and instructed to research a design or production firm where they may be interested in working. Each group then develops a unique package and sends it to the company to introduce themselves. Read more…
Nine students made BLC Studios history this weekend when they helped with a live-to-tape broadcast of the North Mankato Fun Days Parade.
Every project is a valuable learning experience for our students, including the recent production of a music video for New York-based rock band American Authors.
First, the video, then the story:
The music video for the song “Best Day of My Life” was a unique challenge for seniors Stephanie Erlandson and Aaron Evans (both of whom graduated from Bethany in December of 2013). This was the second music video they produced in their final semester, as they had already agreed to create a music video for singer-songwriter Mason Jennings. Read more…