The Boston/New England chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for their 40th Emmy awards. Included in the nominations are graduates and faculty of the New England School of Communications.
Rob Nesbitt (2011) in the Video Journalist category for his piece titled “A Cousin’s Run”, telling the story of James Anderson and his cousin Rusty Wilkins on WCSH-TV, Portland, ME.
Nick Woodward (1992) is included in the Education/Schools category for his work with Maine Public Broadcasting on their Maine Education Project.
Barry Alley’s (1995) work as photographer is included in the Comcast SportsNet nomination in the Sports Event/Game-Live/Unedited category for their work on Boston Celtics Basketball.
NESCom at Husson University instructor and 2002 alum Kris Bridges is included in the Interview/Discussion category for his work as Director of Greenlight Maine which is produced by Portland Media Group LLC at the television studios of NESCom. Although they are not included in the nomination, many NESCom faculty and graduates work on the program.
The Boston/New England chapter Emmys awards will be presented Saturday, June 24th at the Marriott Boston Copley Place.
In 2016, NESCom Marketing Communications student Kyle King set up an Instagram account to showcase his graphic design work. Now, 8,000 followers later, he’s busy making logos, branding, and cover art for hip hop artists and one of his designs is getting him some attention.
King had already done some work for Hip Hop artists Lud Foe and he was contacted once more by the artist’s management. “Then they gave me a call one day” says King “and told me that Lud Foe had been in a car crash that almost ended his life, and that they wanted to release an album called “#GETWELLFOE. They gave me a bunch of photos and gave me full creative direction and control over what the album cover should look like and gave me a few samples of the music that was going to be on it”.
The album was released and immediately received mentions on the homepages of both Fader and Complex. In addition, celebrated Chicago-area artist Chance The Rapper retweeted the artwork to his over 3.5 Million followers.
Now King is already hard at work on merchandise the will be used by Lud Foe on tour that ties into the theme of the album. King recognizes that NESCom has helped his growing career by saying “The fact that I am applying the marketing skills that I have learned at NESCom, into my true passion, which is Music, makes for a really fun and exciting work day for me!”
The Society of Professional Journalists at Husson University will host a free screening of the documentary Tickling Giants on Wednesday, April 19th 7pm in Libra Lecture Hall.
In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef created the satirical show, “Al Bernameg,” which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the “Al Bernameg” team as they discover democracy is not easily won.
Tickets to the screening are free but you can RSVP in advance HERE
The New England School of Communications at Husson University will once again participate in the annual Maine Science Festival which runs March 16th through the 19th at the Cross Insurance Center. Faculty will present on the following topics.
The Entertainment Production students at Husson University take full advantage of the school’s Gracie Theatre. Each semester, they get multiple opportunities to sharpen their skills in a practical setting by actively “teching” over a dozen productions. As a presenting house, the Gracie is an excellent venue for our EP Students to apply the classroom to the workplace. Their training in Stage Lighting, Production Management, Technical Direction, CAD and Scenic Construction (to name just a few skills) is given a chance to grow and mature, working alongside industry professionals.
This Spring semester offers a challenging variety of productions. Each month, Entertainment Production, in partnership with NESCom’s Video Production and Live Sound programs produce four episodes of a Maine-based late night talk show. The Nite Show with Danny Cashman features a set constructed by the EP program specifically for the Gracie Theatre. EP students handle all of the theatrical demands of the show, from scenery to lighting to talent wrangling. It is a great opportunity to use the full range of EP training.
Early in the semester, on Feb. 10, the theatre hosted a traveling puppet show, Kaytek the Wizard, based on the book by Janusz Korczak and created by master Puppeteer, Brian Hull. The EP Crew assisted Mr. Hull with his performance which features specialized projections and lighting in addition to his internationally famous puppetry.
What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience
On March 31, the EP students will work a touring production of What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience. Their duties will include the lighting requirements as well as the stage set ups. In past years, students have worked similar tribute concerts such as The Michael Jackson Experience and Almost Elton John. The theatricality and exciting music make these productions rewarding experiences.
April is always the busiest month for the EP Student. Production follows production, non-stop. This Spring, the EP students will assist The Husson University Theatre, a student-run activities club, to produce John Cariani’s Almost Maine on April 7 – 9. EP provides and supervises all of the technical demands for this production. Later in the month, the EP Crews will load in and tech a touring musical, Disenchanted (an irreverent and not-for children take on Disney Princesses) on April 22.
A week later, they will mount a production of You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown, which is a product of the Musical Theatre Performance class and several independent student practicums. The EP students will have worked on this production all semester, designing and producing all of the technical elements, and presenting the final product in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (our experimental workshop facility) on April 28-30.
The school’s commitment to professionalism and industry driven training drives every aspect of it curriculum. These and other on-going productions help the Entertainment Production degree program fulfill their part of the NESCom motto: “Ready to Work. Day One!”.
NESCom Audio Engineering alum Joe Visciano spent Sunday night attending the 59th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA. Visciano was included in the Adele’s nominations for Album and Record of the year, which won both categories.
During the acceptance speech for Album of the Year, you can spot Visciano on stage with engineers, mixers, and producers who had a hand in the album’s creation.
The Broadcast Education Association, a national organization that works to promote and educate student-operated media has announced their 2017 Festival of Media Arts winners. WHSN 89.3, the radio station here at Husson University has been selected as a winner of two awards in the Comedy/Drama and PSA/Promo categories.
Comedy or Drama Category 1st Place: Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, New England School of Communications at Husson University; Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2016
2nd Place: Cole DeWispelare, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ticking
3rd Place (tie): Marti Vaughan, University of Nebraska at Omaha; The Shining Aftermath
3rd Place (tie): Faiza Azam, Masood Malhi & Rafy ur Rahman, University of the Punjab, Pakistan; The Drying Village
PSA, Promo or Commercial Category
1st Place: JD Hershberger, Goshen College; Goshen Theater Promo Series
2nd Place: Owen Miller, New England School of Communications at Husson University; It Could Happen To You
3rd Place: Eugene Cephas, Jocelyn Bell & Benjamin Googman, Austin Peay State University; What’s That Gas?
Award of Excellence: Riley Irving & David Cohen, Ithaca College; City Rhythms Promo Award of Excellence: Nick Herrick, Adam Rogers & Kyra Biscarner, Marshall University; WMUL Car Bash Promo
Award of Excellence: Lyle Kwiatkowski, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bubbles the Unemployed Clown
Award of Excellence: Tyler Cooper, University of Southern Indiana; Halloween Giveaway
The awards will be given out during the 2017 BEA Festival of Media Arts April 22 – 24, 2017 at the Las Vegas Westgate Hotel & Casino. For more information on the BEA and the Festival of Media Arts, visit http://www.beafestival.org
The Video Production department at the New England School of Communications of Husson University will host a free filmmaking workshop with Travis Trudell on February 22nd, 7pm at the Gracie Theatre.
Trudell has worked in the camera and lighting department for many notable movies including The Social Network, Manchester by the Sea, The Town, Shutter Island and Ghostbusters.
The audience will be welcome to ask questions after a visual presentation about set etiquette, safety, and professional lighting techniques. Trudell is well known for his accessible teaching style and friendly sense of humor. Please join us for a fun and informative evening about making a living through the art and craft of filmmaking.
As the temperature drops this winter, 7 live sound technology students and Assistant Profession Eric Ferguson are already thinking about warmer weather. In what has become a NESCom experiential learning tradition, students will set sail with Cruise Production, a company out of Fort Lauderdale owned by 1990 alum Tim Cabral to work as stage crew on the Country Cruising excursion.
The 2017 edition of Country Cruising kicks off on January 14th and travels from Tampa to stops in Key West and Cozumel aboard the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas. The cruise includes performances by 22 country music artists including:
Charles Esten, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
Clare Bowen, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
Keynote speaker, Susan Schmidt Horning (left) poses for a selfie with NESCom Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon (right). Horning is one of the leading scholars in American recording technology history and an associate professor of history at St. John’s College in New York.
New England School of Communications Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon recently returned to the United States after presenting a paper at the 11th Annual Art of Record Production Conference in Aalborg Denmark, at Aalborg University. His paper, “Finding Originality Through Reference Mixes,” was a study of recording practices that analyzed communication strategies between recording engineers and the artists. The analysis covered the process of creating the recorded music using both communication strategies and the use of reference material, perceptual learning and isomorphic mapping. This research topic was part of the conference’s focus on imagination and creativity.
The conference consisted of three days of presentations in research topics about the recording arts and industry. Contributors came from all over the world and included all fields of academic study including electrical and software engineering/development; history; music; musicology; psychology; communications and media.
Gordon also moderated a group of presentations during the last day of the conference