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2014 Alum Jamie Gagnon Talks About Working on American Horror Story: Cult

2014 Video Production alum Jamie Gagnon first came to NESCom because, as he put it, “I had wanted to get three things: Friends/Like-minded people/connections, hands-on experience, and to test my desired path against other potential careers and NESCom succeeded all of my expectations”. Since graduating, Jamie has been quite busy pursuing that path and it has lead him all the way to California. Jamie took some time out of his busy day to fill us in on his latest achievement, working on seventh season of the hit FX television series American Horror Story.

Q: What have you been doing since graduating from NESCom?
A: Immediately after graduating NESCom, I spent the majority of my creative time writing and eventually, directed a short film before leaving Maine. Since moving to Los Angeles, however, I’ve done some freelance editing, grip work on a music video and a short film, and currently assist a film producer.

Jamie Gagnon on the set of American Horror Story: Cult

Jamie Gagnon on the set of American Horror Story: Cult

Q: What was your role on American Horror Story?
A: I’m a Set Production Assistant (PA).

Q: What was an average day at work for you?
A: First, I check into the Production Trailer, gather call sheets and sides (the segment of the script we are shooting that day), and usually distribute walkie-talkies to our crew. Then from there, I typically assist in a range of duties from coordinating First Team (actors of the day) or Background actors (extras), distribute paperwork, parrot calls to action like “Picture’s Up!” “Rolling!” “Cut!,” lock-up the set (to prevent any noise or people from ruining the shots) and continue to do so for the majority of the day. Finally, we spin the walkie channels to relay information and collect paperwork at the end of the night.

Q: What’s been the most stressful part of your work on the show”
A: There was this one day in Orange, CA. We were shooting only exteriors of the “Butchery On Main” (the restaurant featured in the show) and word had gotten out the night before that American Horror Story was going to be there and so, our set was littered with teens and twenty-somethings who were out to get a peek at Sarah Paulson or Evan Peters. They would constantly try to get past me so they could snap photos and let’s just say it made for a stressful day.

Jamie Gagnon on set

Jamie Gagnon on the set of American Horror Story: Cult

Q: What have you learned through your experience?
A: The sheer level of professionalism on American Horror Story is astounding. These shows have such a rigid system of coordination and execution that few in Maine have ever witnessed. It’s not that we’re incapable of such a production in Maine, it’s just that we don’t have the infrastructure to support it as of yet.

Q: Do you have any plans for the future?
A: My next goal is be staffed on a show so I can have a steady source of income and grow and learn on set at a more consistent pace; I’ve actually already been asked to work on two other shows. I also continue my writing projects. I’m nearing the end of my autobiographical self-help book about my battle with Leukemia which has the placeholder title, My Cancer Story. I put a first draft chapter-by-chapter on my blog, www.guyonawire.com every Monday. I am also reworking a cartoon show that I had put away years ago that is also based on my life– but my childhood, growing up in Northern Maine. Other than that, I’m developing a short film that I’m writing and directing soon, record and host a podcast every week called Not Quite Hollywood and, last but not least, I co-host a Youtube show with fellow alum, Brandon Doyen, called We Need Movies.

Q: What advice would you give NESCom students interested in your field?
A: Keep busy. Life will not hand you anything and therefore, you must work hard for what you want. I keep busy because it A) helps keep me sane and B) spreads my reach far beyond one platform. I believe podcaster and all-around multi-hyphenate Chris Hardwick, said it best: I put lots of fishing poles in the pond. Something eventually bites.” Of course, his poles all went off at the same time and he has juggled several gigs at once, but that’s not likely for everyone.

Finally, do what you love, love who you want, and most importantly, love yourself.

WHSN Students Finalists in National Competitions

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The student staff of WHSN 89.3FM is once again being recognized for their work by being nominated for awards in 3 categories in 2 different national student media competitions.

For details on the finalists and the dates of the awards see below.

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College Broadcasters, Inc  2017 National Student Production Awards.

Category: Best PSA – Audio

WPSC-FM, William Paterson University
“Preparing for Finals at Cheng Library”

90.5 WERG, Gannon University
“Gannon University Relay for Life”

WHSN-FM, New England School of Communications at Husson University
“OHI” – Jon Brangwynne

KTSW-FM 89.9, Texas State University
“Graduation Confetti PSA”

Category: Best Special Broadcast – Audio

WHSN-FM, New England School of Communications at Husson University
“Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2016”
Students of the New England School of Communications

WVYC-FM, York College of Pennsylvania
“Poland Abroad Travelogue-Amanda Stagg”

Bearcast Media, University of Cincinnati
“One Too Many”

WSUM 91.7 FM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Battle of the Bands Live Broadcast”

Winners will be announced at the 2017 National Student Electronic Media Convention, November 2-4 in San Antonio, TX

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College Media Association Broadcast Finalists 2016-2017: Pinnacle Awards

Category: Best Radio Special Event Coverage

Radio Hofstra University / WRHU FM / WRHU.org, Hofstra University

VandyRadio, Vanderbilt University

WHSN, – Live Broadcast from Walk MS 2017 – New England School of Communications at Husson University
Kristen Ackley & Zachary Hewins

Radio DePaul, DePaul University

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, Rowan University

Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention, held Oct. 25-29 in Dallas, TX

NESCom Alum and Faculty Nominated for Boston/New England Emmys

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.

Nominees include:
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.

Instagram Leads Student To Design For Hip Hop Artist

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.

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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!”

Society of Professional Journalists Host Screening of Tickling Giants

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

For more information on the film, visit http://ticklinggiants.com

Faculty to Present at 2017 Maine Science Festival

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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.

Friday Field Trip Day – Cool Science (hands-on area).
Presenter: Lauren J. Holleb – Developmental Psychology Brought to Life
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/friday-field-trip-day/

Tech Night – March 17th 4pm-7:30pm
Presenter: Laura Gurney – Manipulating the Web with Browser Tools.  Hands-on activity (ongoing, drop-in). Exploration of development tools built into browsers.
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/tech-night/

Exploration Station – March 18th 9am-4pm
Presenter: Gerald Wright and Mike Knupp, – App Creation
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/exploration-station/

The Loudness Wars – March 18th 11:30am-12:30pm
Presenter: Eric Ferguson
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/the-loudness-wars/

Audio Recording 101 – March 19th 11:30am-12:45
Presenter: Josh Small
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/audio-recording-101/

For a full schedule of events and more information on the Maine Science Festival, visit http://www.mainesciencefestival.org

Entertainment Production Students Hard At Work On Spring 2017 Events

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

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.

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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 Alum Visciano Included In Adele Grammy Wins

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.

NESCom Students Win 2017 BEA Festival Of Media Arts Awards

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

NESCom Video Production To Host Filmmaking Workshop With Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell

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.