The Speechless Film Festival is fast approaching and with it is Media Week 2015. This year’s Media Week runs Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21. We’ve assembled a wonderful group of professionals and educators from all over the country to visit campus and present about various aspects of media—including valuable industry insight.
2014 was a huge year for BLC Studios.
We did 19 Hockey Broadcasts for MSU and three of our students were recognized at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts where we tied for first in the category of TV Sports Event Production.
Five students completed Media Arts capstone projects, including a live action short film, a short documentary, a stop motion music video, and both a live-action and kinetic type PSA.
The International Speechless Film Festival celebrated year two showcasing 50 films from 16 countries and 10 guest speakers.
BLC Studios had a busy weekend in Watertown, South Dakota, where staff members and students had the opportunity to stream the WELS 2014 West Regional Choral Festival. This is the second year Bethany has helped stream the event.
The Choral Fest broadcast is an ambitious project that is driven by BLC Studios staff, one or two Bethany students, and several local high school students and parents who run cameras and help with the production. This is a great arrangement because it gives high schoolers interested in broadcasting an opportunity to get involved with a legitimate production.
Last week marked the 9th Annual Red Eye Film Festival for Bethany Lutheran College and BLC Studios. This year was particularly exciting, as Bethany students were joined by teams from the film programs at Minnesota State University-Mankato and South Central College. A total of 88 students in 16 teams participated, easily making this the largest Red Eye Film Festival to date.
Each team was given a different genre, prop, and line of dialogue to prompt their films. In previous years, teams had only 48 hours to write, film, and edit their movies. To facilitate the large number of students involved, teams were given just under a week to work this year.
Since graduating from Bethany in 2011, Marcus Taplin has been involved with several exciting freelance gigs in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the past year, Marcus has been working as a freelance Director of Photography for TV shows like Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives on the Food Network, Bath Crashers on DIY Network, and a new show called World Access on the Travel Channel. He has also worked on many other projects like Pepsi’s Real Big Summer campaign, Best Buy commercials, Minnesota Vikings commercials, Minnesota Gophers intro videos, and most recently an independent feature film called Dragonfly.
Members of the Maverick Hockey broadcast crew are starting their broadcast season a little early this year. In the past, the broadcast crew has used an exhibition hockey game for their practice broadcast. This year, studio director Greg Vandermause wanted to get the crew together before they hit the hockey arena. This was achieved through several live soccer broadcasts, which allowed new crew members to train with the equipment and experience the rush of a live broadcast for the first time.
Ruth Wels, a 2012 graduate, was active in fine art, video art, and animation as a Bethany student. Her love for stop motion and media led her to LA after graduation, where she worked at the WB and Stoopid Buddies Studios. Ruth is currently employed as a creative producer at Participant Media, the company that runs Pivot TV, where she works on various editing and design projects. This spot is one of her latest creations:
In Audio Video Production 3, students experiment with various production techniques. Recently, Landon Brands and several other students decided to take on a motion tracking project that explores a single instant in time during an earthquake.
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.