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.

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.

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.