Streaming the 2014 WELS Regional Choral Festival

Streaming the 2014 WELS Regional Choral Festival

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.

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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.
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Red Eye sets records

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.

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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.

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Alumni Update: Marcus Taplin

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.

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Hockey broadcast crew gets to work

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.

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Alumni Update: Ruth Wels

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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:

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Earthquake time treeze

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.

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Introducing Amanda Quist

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.

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Internship Profile: Brands

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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.

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Internship Profile: Weber

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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. 

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Stone Path Studios – Summer Project Update

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.


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