New England Tech would like to give a big thank you to Christian Beaulieu, a 2013 graduate from the Video Audio Program (currently named Digital Media Production). Christian assisted Career Services in speaking with a Digital Media Production class today regarding interviewing and finding work. Christian stressed the importance of having technical qualities and strong skills in communication. His perseverance led him to a few part time jobs and eventually landed him his first full time job. He will be working at HB Communications in Digital Media along with a part time job at Gillette Stadium as an Audio Visual Tech. Congratulations, Christian!
Tommy DeNucci, a 2005 graduate of NEIT’s Bachelor of Science Degree program in Digital Recording Arts Technology (currently named Digital Media Production), is now an internationally recognized writer, actor, director and producer. A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, Tommy, at the age of 30, has a wide genre of films to his credit. In May, 2014, Tommy and his crew shot the film, “Almost Mercy”, in just 18 days at 20 different locations in the Ocean State. This film is one of a five-picture deal Tommy has secured with Universal Studios. In September, 2014, Tommy was featured on the cover of “Imagine” magazine, the premier information source for film, television and media production in the Northeast.
Tommy’s mentor and creative partner in film production, Chad Verdi, says, “Tommy’s single most interesting character trait that I genuinely admire is his willingness to always test others and make them better.” Tommy now shares his insights with Tech News readers.
What made you decide to attend NEIT?
I always heard that New England Tech was known for its hands-on approach to learning. I didn’t really respond too well to conventional teaching methods in high school. I knew at NEIT I’d get a chance to learn by doing and concentrate my focus on what I was interested in.
How did you choose your program?
I used my father’s video camera when I was a teenager and knew from that moment on I wanted to have some kind of career in the film industry. I was happy to hear that NEIT offered a program in Video Production and later was even more excited to find out I could focus on filmmaking. I had taken a video production class in high school and loved it, so the idea of doing that all day was really exciting to me.
What did you do to get started with your career?
The first thing I concentrated on was writing. I worked really hard to hone in my screenwriting skills. I cranked out draft after draft of different stories I had cooking in my head. I finally found one that really stuck, “Self Storage” which would go on to be my first feature film. I had just started interning for filmmaker Chad Verdi. He got a chance to read “Self Storage” and really gravitated towards it. Chad green-lit the project and we’ve continued to make films together ever since.
Tell us about your current position.
I’m currently working on finishing the last feature film I shot, called “Almost Mercy”, which I wrote, produced and directed. It’s been my goal to take projects from the early stages of development all the way through principal photography and finally shepherd them through the post production process. I’m basically married to each movie I make. It’s a long haul but I love it.
What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position?
Hearing a lot of “no’s”, dealing with lots of disappointment, closed doors, things like that prepared me for what lied ahead. It’s all about never getting too high or staying too low. In this industry, things can swing pretty quick and there’s always going to be plenty of rejection. Understanding that early on helps prepare you for the road ahead.
Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?
Be tenacious. Go after every opportunity. Even those that appear to be dead ends may lead to great contacts. Invest in yourself by taking the time to intern and learn from people who are already on the job. There’s a lot more to getting coffee, than just getting coffee. Swallow your pride. I’ve learned some of the most interesting things about people and the business by doing some of the “low man on the totem pole” type jobs.
What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field?
Interning on a film set is by far the best way to learn. New England has been buzzing with production as of late, and these filmmakers are always looking for eager people to come on and intern. This is definitely a learn-by-doing type of field. It’s also an industry where hard work can get you very far. People notice the gamers, and those are the people who eventually come back and land themselves a paid position.
NEIT will always mean a lot to me. It’s where I fell head over heels for what I do every day. The flexibility within the structure of the program gave me the freedom to optimize my creative potential. It’s a place I’ll never forget.
If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts) contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu
Grandma Betty became an internet sensation when her grandson created an Instagram account for her. In spite of her medical diagnosis of terminal cancer, Grandma Betty had still had a positive outlook on life. Her grandson began sharing Grandma’s words of wisdom through her new social media account and she quickly gained hundred of thousands of followers.
One video had Grandma Betty dancing to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.” This video caught William’s attention and he shared with his thousands Instagram followers.
East Greenwich resident Bianca Sperduti was so moved by Grandma Betty that she felt sending a sympathy card to Grandma Betty’s family was simply not enough. That is when she turned to New England Tech Video Audio Production student Neil Guliano, whom she was classmates with at East Greenwich High School.
New England Tech students Neil Guliano, Robbie Savage and Joseph “Judah” Giudici then helped by directing, videography and edited the video, completely as a volunteer project. Here is the result an awesome memorial video to Grandma Betty. May we all learn from Grandma Betty.
Special thanks to www.eastgreenwichnews.com for making sure we were aware that our students volunteered and helped to produced such a quality project.
New England Institute of Technology President Richard I. Gouse announced today that the college is embarking on a $120 million expansion program at its East Greenwich campus.
President Gouse stated, “This is an exciting day for New England Tech. This is the 2nd phase of our $250,000,000 campus development program in East Greenwich. This expansion will allow us to offer on-campus housing for the first time in our college’s 75 year history. We will also be expanding our information technology’s facilities to more than 300,000 square feet. This will make us the region’s largest provider of collegiate level technology driven training. These changes will also allow our college to offer new and expanded degree granting programs in such related areas as information technology, advanced manufacturing, health sciences, architecture, engineering, video/audio production.
- More than 300,000 square feet of new facilities
- A 400 room on-campus dormitory
- Expanded classroom space with increased information technology capability
- A new student dining area
- Expanded amenities for students, including a fitness center
- The development of a “green” open space area
- Infrastructure upgrades to accommodate NEIT’s 226 acre campus, including electrical, water, sewer, drainage, and traffic flow improvements
In addition to our expansion project, we can be proud of New England Tech’s many recent accomplishments:
- The creation of an information technology workforce training initiative dedicated to meeting the needs of regional employers.
- Renewal of NEIT’s accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
- The recent expansion of the college’s nursing simulation lab making NEIT one of New England’s largest and most comprehensive health science education facilities.
- In conjunction with the Town of East Greenwich and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the completion of two transportation projects to assist with traffic flow near our campus.
- The success of our graduates. Continually sought after by employers, since 2005, close to 12,000 students have graduated from New England Tech and have subsequently found employment with more than 4,000 companies, nearly 2,000 of which are located in Rhode Island.
- The celebration of New England Tech’s 75th Anniversary in 2015 with special events throughout the year.
President Gouse concluded, “On behalf of our entire college community I am pleased to announce this commitment to our students, faculty and staff. Our commitment however does not end there. The first two phases in our campus development will represent a $250 million dollar investment in Rhode Island and our host community, East Greenwich. For 75 years we have been on the cutting edge of hands-on career training and thousands of our graduates are employed in high level careers. This economic development investment will not only continue that tradition, but will now place our college at the most advanced levels of workforce training for 21st century employment. We recognize that these are turbulent times and that is why we have instituted progressive measures such as a tuition freeze program and increased financial aid to make our college more affordable. New England Tech, along with the region’s other not-for-profit institutions, understands the key role we play in expanding the local economy. This expansion furthers our on-going commitment to the State of Rhode Island.”
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 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, today the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each of our degree programs is taught with a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning. For more information, call 800-736-7744 or visit www.neit.edu.
New England Tech is proud to see Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts graduate, Tom DeNucci get the cover story of the September’s issue of IMAGINE magazine. Everyone here at New England Tech would like to congratulate Tommy on his continued success in the film industry.
From IMAGINE Magazine:
Tommy DeNucci was born in Cranston, RI in 1984 and at thirty he is a writer, actor, director and producer. He also has a five picture deal with Universal. He happens to be charismatic and lights up a screen. The camera likes him and so does the boom operator – a voice with resonance. He also expresses himself well. His mentor and creative partner in film production Chad Verdi says of Tommy, “his single most interesting character trait that I genuinely admire about Tommy is his willingness to always test others and make them better.” Before he was thirty he directed three films that received worldwide distribution. At present DeNucci and his team are editing ALMOST MERCY, the film he shot in eighteen days in May at twenty different locations in the Ocean State. According to Tommy the film has a bigger feel than it should have considering its budget as he pushed the look he says as far as humanly possible. Tommy recommends this to fledgling filmmakers, “Show up early and be the last to leave. Do the dirty work in the beginning. Learn the process from the very bottom, try to get in every circle you can and don’t think your ‘less than’ when you work from the bottom up…just go for it.”
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If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu
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.
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!”
Film 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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
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.