Film, TV productions flocking to Massachusetts

The Bay State is being dubbed “Hollywood East” because it’s fast growing film and TV productions.  That is just more great news from the LA Times for our Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts students.

“Tumbledown” stars Jason Sudeikis, left, and Rebecca Hall talk with director Sean Mewshaw during a film shoot in Concord, Mass. The indie movie’s budget was roughly $4 million. (Seacia Pavao)

From the LA Times:

There were 21 movies that shot in Massachusetts last year, more than double the number in 2011, according to the state’s film office. Film and TV productions spent $313 million in 2012, up from $176 million in 2011. The state paid out an estimated $78.2 million in film tax credits in 2012, according to the state department of revenue.

The script came initially out of a place of nostalgia or even homesickness for western Maine. – Desi Van Til, “Tumbledown” writer “It was a great place to film,” “Ted” director and writer Seth MacFarlane said of Boston. “You get the tax benefits, but it’s also a really beautiful city.”

In addition to the financial incentive, Massachusetts touts a deepening crew base and a sprawling film studio in Devens that opened in January.

New England Studios is the biggest studio in the state. The $41-million studio boasts four soundstages, 20,000 square feet of office space, 16 dressing rooms, and two hair and makeup rooms.”

We now say that Massachusetts offers everything for film, television and digital media — from soup to nuts,” said Lisa Strout, director of the state’s film office.

Massachusetts has a rich history of film production that dates to 1903. But it was “Good Will Hunting,” written by Cambridge natives Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, that put the state on Hollywood’s radar in 1997.

In April, a casting studio put out a call for extras for the James “Whitey” Bulger biopic “Black Mass.” Last week the first images of Johnny Depp, who will play the notorious Boston mobster, surfaced on the Internet. The movie reportedly began filming Monday (May 19, 2014.)

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Alumni Event: Production Assistant Workshop




 will conduct a FREE

Production Assistant Workshop

for current NEIT VAP/DRA students and alumni ONLY 


9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


East Greenwich, RI

Room S 216/218


Register at or with Cheryl Booker at (401)780-4345


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Sign-in/refreshments


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Introductions by Steven Feinberg
Executive Director RI Film & TV Commission


10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Production Assistant Workshop

                    • Set Etiquette
                    • Tools of the Trade
                    • Working with Talent
                    • Production Drill Exercise
                    • Q & A


TOM DeNUCCI – NEIT Graduate, Actor/Writer/Director

2010 was a big year for Tom, who played “Pax”, a wise cracking rookie cop in the Robert Englund horror thriller “Inkubus”.  Later that year, he played alongside Peter Ficinelli in the film “Loosies”, before capping 2010 off with a leading role in “Infected”, playing Michael Madsen’s son.  In the summer of 2012, DeNucci teamed up with producer Chad A. Verdi and the Woodhaven Production Company to bring “Self Storage” to life. Tom found himself on both sides of the camera.  Aside from writing and directing the picture, he also starred alongside Eric Roberts, Jonathan Silverman, and Michael Berryman.  This spring, Tom will be shooting another story he has written, “Almost Mercy”.

Active job market for New England Tech grads

The Career Services office at New England Tech reports a very active job market for graduates of the New England Institute of Technology.   Employers value NEIT’s Career Services Office as a recruiting resource when seeking highly skilled technical employees.

Rhode Island college career servicesLatest News from Career Services:

FBI Recruiting for Electronics Technicians

The national recruiter for the FBI was on-campus for a recruitment presentation and conducted interviews for graduates of our Electronics Systems Technology AS degree program.  The FBI is recruiting for positions throughout the country and our graduates are a direct match for their openings. 

2 recent Career Recruiting events were held on campus during the winter quarter:

  • Transportation Technology Career Fair held on January 23rd hosted 27 companies from the Marine TechnologyAutomotive, Auto Collision and Auto Service Management technologies.   Balise Collision, AutoZone, Travel Centers of America, Speedcraft VW, Firestone Complete Auto Care and Carriage House of New London/Mercedes are a few of the companies that have hired grads/students from the Career Fair.
  • Technology Career Expo ’14 was most recently held on March 6.  68 companies were on campus to speak with students and graduates from various technology programs about current and future employment opportunities.  Many students were able to network with local employers and secure interviews as a result of attending the Expo. 

“One thing that really helped me after the Career Expo was writing those thank you letters to the companies for taking the time to talk to me. In addition once I received a one on one interview I brought in nice copies of my resume, references, and letters of recommendations from my teachers. The companies really appreciated the extra effort and plus it gives them something to look at while interviewing. Thanks again for everything.” – Jennifer Adamek, CBYT student who received 2 job offers as a result of attending the Career Expo event.

North Providence Police on campus

15 Criminal Justice students  sat in on a short presentation from the North Providence Police Department on Wednesday, January 29th.  They learned about the opportunities and application process.  A few students completed an inquiry card which will start them on the application process. 

Diversified Project Management

Phil Leonard and Bill Clegg from Diversified Project Management  conducted on campus interviews for Project Management Trainee position in Newton, MA with 9 students  from Construction Management, Architectural/Building Engineering and Interior Design on Tuesday, February 25th.    

Cardi’s Furniture

Larisa Vlasov, NIROPE STUDIOS of  Cardi’s Furniture in  Swansea MA,  is a returning graduate lending her time.  She along with Career Services conducted mock interviews for 6 students in the Digital Recording Arts Technology.  Great experience for the interviewees and others in the class to learn to interviewing techniques. 

New England Tech Grad Nominated For MOTIF Theater and Film Award

New England Tech grad Chris Espers has been nominated for a MOTIF Theater & Film award!

Motif Theater and Film Awards

His film called “Still Life” is up for Best Director and Best Editing, while the film made for Sally Kingsbury’s Documentary Filmmaking class, “Cinematic Power“, is up for Best Documentary.

Show your support and vote for these two films here!

New England Tech Instructor Making Movie Magic in Providence

New England Tech instructor Stephen Souza to appear in The 48 Hour Film ProjectNew England Tech instructor Stephen Souza teamed up with Good Natured Dog Productions and Mandy Miller, of SHIFT Communications this past weekend to film their entry for the Rhode Island “48 Hour Film Project.”

After being assigned the genre of “Western,” and a character of “plumber,” the group set off to create movie magic in just one weekend. In just 48 hours the group had to write, cast, and film their flick, which had a time limit of no more than seven minutes. They also had to ensure the film was handed in on time – just one minute late would mean they would be disqualified.

The films entered into the competition – about 30 in all – will be premiering this week at Cinema World in Lincoln, with the winner to be announced on August 17 at the Columbus Theater in Providence.

Digital and Recording Arts Students Put Their Skills To Work In Providence

Providence Public Schools logoOn Friday, May 2, 2013, Quarter 11 New England Tech’s Digital Recording Arts (DRA) students in the Remote Production class produced a video of the Providence Public Schools City Wide Concert performance.

The concert was the culmination of the hard work from the Providence Public Schools music students in grades 4 to 12.

A total of 16 bands performed on four different stages during the two-hour concert. Under the direction of DRA Technology Associate Professor, Mike Davis, the 12 person crew used five cameras with a multi-camera switcher and monitored the audio for the entire concert. “The team was looking forward to the opportunity to record a live concert. Parents of students expressed how many of the students feel their accomplishments get overlooked,” said DRA student and executive producer of the project, Mike Salois. “We wanted to come in and challenge ourselves as well as produce a quality product for them.”

Thanks to John DeTora, Michael Salois, and Ryan Gavin for a job well done!

New England Tech Produces The Big Break Contest Video – Airs During Idol Finale

Cardi’s Furniture and Channel 12’s “The Rhode Show” host a battle of the bands competition each year called the “Big Break Contest“. This year’s winning band, Fly Kite Canvas, received a 60 second commercial (music video) that aired on the American Idol finale on May 16, 2013. Cardi’s produced the commercial and purchased the air time.

2013 Big Break video by New England Tech Rhode Island'

For the past several years, the video has been shot in various locations, but this year New England Tech was approached to produce the video in our recording studio at the East Greenwich Rhode Island campus.

Check out the videos below to see the behind the scenes production and the final product!

Behind The Scenes

The Final Product: Fly Kite Canvas

Special thanks to Tom Strolla, Professor/Department Chair, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts, for coordinating this project giving New England Tech valuable TV exposure!

New England Tech and Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame Establish Scholarship

Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame logoEast Greenwich, RI  –  Seth Kurn, Executive Vice President at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college has partnered with the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame (RIRHOF) to establish a first-time scholarship award in the amount of $1500.

The scholarship announcement was made on May 9, 2013, at the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremony held at Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, RI.

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame Scholarship will be presented in December 2013, to a New England Tech student enrolled in the college’s Video and Audio Production Technology Associate in Science degree program.  Student selection will be based on academic standing and/or faculty recommendation.

As Kurn stated, “Our college community is so pleased to now be associated with the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame.  We are very grateful for its generosity and commitment to those students who are working towards a career in the radio production field.” 

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students. The college offers over 40 associate, bachelor, and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. For more information, please visit or follow NEIT on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and the New England Tech Blog found on the college’s website. 

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to honor those men and women who have contributed to the 91-year radio industry in Rhode Island. All proceeds raised by the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame benefit local charities. To date, RIRHOF has contributed more than $54,000 to local organizations. For more information on inductees, criteria for membership,  philanthropic partners as well as information relating to RIRHOF charitable causes, please visit

New England Tech Student to Debut Film – July 18, 2013

Movie ticket - new england tech grad promotes his movie in Rhode IslandCome see New England Tech Video & Audio Production graduate Brian Bouyea’s movie premier – Showcase Cinema, Warwick, RI – July 18, 2013.

Additionally, another local Rhode Island filmmaker – Shawn Manchester – will also be premiering a film the same evening.

The night promises to attract many other local film directors, actors and enthusiasts, and will feature a question and answer session for the audience after the films air; as well as an after party hosted in the same building.

In addition to being a great evening out, the event is also expected to be a great networking event for those looking to become involved in the Rhode Island film making industry.

The event is open to the public. To purchase tickets, or learn more about the directors and their films, visit

New England Institute of Technology Presents Back Focus 2013

On May 7, from 10am – 7pm, instructor selected Visual/Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts projects from each quarter of  the past academic year will be showcased in room S249.

Back Focus 2013