Video Student Wins National Contest

Harrison Brailey

Harrison Braley

Harrison Braley wanted to give his mom, Danielle, something special for Mother’s Day this year. And that he did! Using the skills he learned in NEIT’s Video and Audio Production Technology program, Harrison entered the 2014 CertainTeed Exterior Living Spaces® Home Makeover Contest. Each year CertainTeed invites homeowners to submit 30 to 90 second videos that showcase why their home needs a makeover using the company’s expansive line of home improvement products.

Harrison used his creativity and filmed and edited his 1 ½ minute video, “Nightmare on My Street”. Harrison’s mom explained, “He used a sepia filter depicting “scary” conditions of our home that included rotting window sills, peeling paint and even “creepy” critter damage accompanied by eerie background music and descriptive subtitles.” His video qualified for the final round by placing in the Top 10 as selected by Facebook users. CertainTeed’s panel of judges chose the Grand Prize finalists based on creativity (70%), theme (20%) and need (10%).

Congratulations to Harrison for winning a special second place prize that included installation of siding, trim, and roofing products for his home, as well as $500 for the videographer! Needless to say, the Braley family was extremely excited. Harrison’s video may be viewed on CertainTeed’s Facebook page.IMG_9305

Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall

The Ocean State is going to be the site of another movie beginning this fall.  This one about the comeback of world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza .  “Bleed for This” is being produced in part by Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Co. in East Greenwich, RI.  Local filmmaker/actor and NEIT Digital Recording Arts (DRA) Technology graduate, Tom DeNucci is currently part of Woodhaven Production Co.

From the Providence Journal:

Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall

Boxer Vinny Paz will see his life on film in new drama. Photo by Sandor Bodo/Providence Journal

“Bleed for This,” the film about the life of local boxing legend Vinny Paz, will begin shooting in the fall with an estimated budget of $16 million, according to the Rhode Island Film & TV Office.

Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Chad Verdi of Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Co. of East Greenwich, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Noah Kraft as producers on the project. Writer/Producer Ben Younger will direct.

“Bleed for This” tells the story of world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza who suffered a near fatal car accident but went on to win three additional world boxing titles in the 1990s.

via Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall | Entertainment – Music, Theater, TV & more | Providence Journal.

NEIT Student Harrison Braley wins national video contest

Congratulations to Harrison Braley for winning CertainTeed’s national video contest and giving your mom a great Mother’s Day gift.

From: The Valley Breeze

As a follow up to the story printed a few weeks ago in The Valley Breeze, I wanted to thank all of our family, friends and the community who particpated in the online vote for our video submission to CertainTeed’s Exterior Home Makeover Contest. The short-film was shot, edited and submitted by my son and New England Institute of Technology’s video production student Harrison Braley as a Mother’s Day present. As a result of everyone’s particpation, we accumulated enough votes to make the top 10 contestants, which qualified Harrison’s video “Nightmare on My Street” to be judged in the final round.

CertainTeed awarded our video a special second place prize which will include siding, trim and roofing products, as well as a $500 gift to the videographer. We are very excited to have placed second in a national contest and look forward to remodeling the exterior of our home. From the bottom of my heart, a very sincere “Thank you!”

Danielle Braley

North Smithfield

via Contest winners offer thanks | The Valley Breeze.

VAP/DRA Students Learn Etiquette

VAPFilm Set Etiquette, that is! Local filmmaker/actor and NEIT Digital Recording Arts (DRA) Technology graduate, Tom DeNucci, presented students and alumni with tips on what to do and what not to do as a production assistant on set. On Saturday, April 19th, Tom was at the East Greenwich campus along with a film crew that included assistant director, Jon Schermerhorn, also a New England Tech Video & Audio Production (VAP) Technology grad. Those who attended got real world advice from the pros and practiced making a good impression on set. Here’s what some NEIT students had to say. “It’s the little things that make a big impact on set,” stated Sebastian Cruz, a Quarter 3 VAP student. “What a great way to get your foot in the door,” according to Eric Rudman, a DRA Quarter 7 student.

Having worked as an actor/producer/director on films such as Self Storage and Inkubus, Tom will soon begin production on a new movie, Almost Mercy, a psychological thriller. He is shooting this film in Rhode Island and hopes that some of the students from the workshop will become production assistants on the film. “We may be PAs but we will be the best PAs on set. I learned so much,” stated Haley Dutra, a Quarter 7 DRA student.

Another key player, Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office, opened the event and offered some sound advice on looking for work in the state. VAP and DRA students may contact him at the RI Film and Television Office to learn about job opportunities at steven.feinberg@arts.ri.gov, 401-222-3456, or www.film.ri.gov.

Special thanks to Tom Strolla, Professor/Department Chair, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; Sally Kingsbury, Professor, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; and Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, for putting this workshop together to benefit our VAP and DRA students and grads.

Rhody has had more and more movie filming

Tom DeNucci – a New England Tech Alum turned Actor, Writer and Director talks about his next movie project and movie making in Rhode Island.  DeNucci is a graduate of Associate in Science in Video Audio Production and the Bachelor in Science in Digital Recording Arts programs.

 

From WPRI.com and The Rhode Show

In recent years, more and more filming has been taking place in Rhode Island, as cast and crew members flock to the Ocean State.

The Rhode Show was lucky enough to be on the scene with Rhode Island’s own Tom Denucci to get the scoop on his new movie.

“Almost Mercy is your classic revenge story. It’s about a couple of outcasts and deals with a lot of current issues that re going on right now in the news every day,” said Denucci, “So I think people are gonna be interested by kind of how ‘now’ the story is.”

These days when it comes to big time film making, its no longer all about Hollywood, but Rhode Island is a major player.

“People don’t realize what a great infrastructure Rhode Island has for making films – there’s tons of artists in Rhode Island, tons of filmmakers, and a lot of great, great talented actors,” said Denucci.

Almost Mercy has been sold to Universal, and they are aiming for a mid 2015 release.

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.)

Click link to read the entire story on LATimes.com via Film, TV productions flocking to Massachusetts; tax credit is big draw – Los Angeles Times.

Billboard Hot 100 and NEIT Alum, Iyaz

Billboard Hot 100 artist and New England Tech alum, Iyaz stopped by campus for a visit after attending Sunday’s commencement ceremony where two of his cousins received their Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Recording Arts.

DRA Grad nominated for 2014 Best Filmmaker Award

New England Tech graduate, Chris Esper has been nominated for the Providence Phoenix’s 2014 Best Filmmaker award.  Help support fellow NEIT alumni by voting AND sharing the link.ChrisEsper

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Winners will be announced on May 15, 2014.

NEIT Alumni, Victor Ramos, Returns Home for a Special Movie Screening

LA GUAGUA: DOOR TO DOOR

RETURNS HOME FOR A SPECIAL SCREENING

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Filmmaker Victorious Ramos is humbled by the positive reaction to his $500 movie shot in just 4 days

Providence, RI – Three months ago, first time writer and director Victorious Ramos premiered a feature-length film produced in just 4 days on a $500 budget called La Guagua: Door To Door (The Bus).

The entire romantic comedy was shot in the state of Rhode Island with local actors leading the comedic charge.

After a successful private screening to statewide media groups, La Guagua debuted as the opening film for the Providence Latin American Film Festival at the University of Rhode Island. The screening sold out the PAFF Theatre. It was the first time since the festival’s inception that a locally produced film created such a stir. An unanticipated public demand at local radio stations created an opportunity for the film to screen a second time at a larger venue. The film had its encore presentation at the historic Columbus Theatre in Providence to twice the amount of patrons and it sold out all 800 seats of the theater. It wasn’t long before the phone started ringing and La Guagua found itself on a road trip that included the historic Trail Theatre in Miami and Rutgers University in New Jersey.

The success of these screenings quickly spread and Vic Ramos was called to appear on Fox News (Providence), Centro (CBS-Boston), Un Nuevo Dia (NBC/Telemundo-NYC), Encuentro Latino (Comcast International Channel), WRHC Broadcasting (Miami) and WPMZ Poder (Providence).

The  project has now been invited to multiple screenings in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, New York, Massachusetts, Philadelphia and the Dominican Republic. Additional cities are added with every screening as audience members take to social media to praise the project. In less than four months this micro project, produced on a $500 budget, has managed to create a name for itself and audiences are jumping on board for the ride.

Sixcia Devine, author of the book Tapping Into The Hispanic Market has called the film “Authentic and Hilarious” while Carlos Muñoz, host and reporter on Latino Public Radio describes La Guagua as “the most important film production for Latinos in Providence.”

As Dominican Independence Day nears (Feb 27th), La Guagua: Door To Door has been invited to screen once again in Providence, RI, the city where it all began, as part of a number of activities celebrating Dominican Heritage. The film will be screened at the Avon Cinema, considered by many to be the mecca of independent films in Providence.

The viewing is sponsored by CTE Synergy. LLC. and will be presented to select audiences on Saturday, March 1st at 1pm / 260 Thayer Street, Providence, RI. Members of the media are invited to interact with the filmmakers and cast. The film is open for critical review.

Please contact Brenda Hernandez at Project9Films@gmail.com or 401-216-9567 for additional information/interviews. Link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL_RH9hKDl8 and official website: http://www.project9films.com