MSP Awards on May 8th
2013 Deadlines for Entries: Papers by April 29th and Production Entries by May 2nd
MSP students and Comm Studies/Communication Majors may enter papers and production work completed for any BTMM/MSP course from last summer, last fall and this spring.
Applications can be picked up outside the MSP Office in Annenberg 205
*Deadline for Paper Categories: April 29th at 12:00pm
*Deadline for Production Categories: May 2nd at 12:00pm
Get ready for awards, scholarships, raffles and free food! The MSP Awards is two weeks away at 12:00 pm on May 8th in the TV1 Studio of Annenberg Hall. Don’t forget to enter your best work in 14 production and paper categories. Jillian Mele from NBC10 will be on hand to host the event.
Please email entry forms and/or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, work produced in any BTMM or MS&P course may be entered, even if the entrant is not a BTMM/ MSP student.
This includes work from last fall and summer.
Best Sports Package
1st place – Luis Cruz, John Petrini & Adam DeLucia – Sterling Makes Champions
2nd place – Johnny Mehler & Ankit Patel – Anthony Lee Profile
3rd place – Lindsey Bitler & Paul Bruno – Rollouts & Temple Traditions
Best Audio Production
1st place – Regina Medeiros & Samuel Higgins – All in All, It’s Just…
2nd place – Todd Shaeffer – PSA: Strangers (CD)
3rd place – Mihir Patel – Ambler Commercial
1st place – Kevin Otte – www.redlionladylionsbasketball.com
2nd place – Brett Statman – www.astro.temple.edu/~tub98366/#&panel1-3
3rd place – Zach Fedor – www.zachfedor.com
Best Research Paper
1st place – Kaitlin Lavinder – Product Placement is Old News
2nd place – Zach Fedor – Intellectual Property Defined: The Problem with Modern Copyright and Patent Laws
Best Feature/News Package
1st place – Lindsay Keeler & Matt Repino – Battle for the Budget
2nd place – Megan McNerney – Philadelphia Mayoral Election
3rd place – Alexandra Gallo & Ankit Patel – Touchdown Toss
Best Music Production
1st place – Kara Koser – Novacaine
2nd place – Jeff Sarafinas – Call You Mine (CD)
3rd place – Matt Pasquinucci – Bridges by Mr. Surgeon General (CD)
Best Studio/On Location Production
1st Place – OwlSports Update (produced by Lauren Dowd and Stanley Wielosik)
2nd place – Temple Update (produced by Isabel Garcia, Matt Repino, Megan McNerney, Luis Cruz, Dana Stemrich, Antoine Hall, Charnee Smith and Noelle Roby
3rd place – 4 Girls and a Gay Guy (produced by Dana Stemrich, Abigail Camilo, Jenise Ortiz, Steph Hudson, Syketa Harris, Matthew Palmer and Taylor Shields
Best Web Production
1st place – Lindsey Bitler – Flyers Kids Day
Best Video Editing
1st place – Kerrin Simmons – Amelie Music Montage
2nd place – Russell Lash – Hero
3rd place – Seth Wozniak – The Game of Clue
Best Media Analysis/Critique
1st place – Julie Zeglen – “Vogue: Content, Advertisements and the Key to Fantastic”
2nd place – Lindsey Bitler – “Sports Are Twittering Away”
3rd place – Julie Zeglen – Class, Gender and “Waldorf Salad”
1st – Dominique Spooner – “See No Evil”
2nd place – Alyssa Mericle – “Love Kills”
3rd place – Lindsey Bitler & Paul Bruno – Rollouts & A Temple Tradition
Best Critical Video
1st place – Sam Rothermel – Into the Hyper Real Byway of Self-Surveillance
2nd place – Tim Saunders, Charles Abel, Adam Reicherter – Memes by Rebecca Black
3rd place – Amy Evans, Tony Boehm, Mary Theresa Martin – Facedeath: The Consequences of Social Media
Best Business Plan
1st place – Riley Loula – Company: Emergent Media Solutions
2nd place – Jessica Smith – Company: The Social Network, LLC
Best Long Form
1st place – Russell Lash – Glamp: The Movie (DVD)
2nd place – Jake Rasmussen – The Grog Show
3rd place – Riley Loula – Bird’s Eye View (DVD)
Video And Digital Audio Production
Recording Artist Kate Tucker Collaborates with MSP Students
On Tuesday, March 1st, Seattle/ Brooklyn-based recording artist Kate Tucker visited and collaborated with MSP music industry and video production students.
After chatting with Prof. Jack Klotz’s music industry students about the independent artist’s business model, Ms. Tucker performed a series of songs, which were recorded directly into ProTools by Prof. Klotz’s students, and shot in a four-camera studio setup by Prof. Dustin Morrow’s video production students.
Later in the afternoon, about two dozen of Prof. Morrow’s students, joined by a handful of students from FMA, volunteered to crew for a music video collaboration with Ms. Tucker. The video was shot in HD with three 7D cameras, and included extensive dolly and steadicam work. The video was directed by Morrow, with the equipment office’s John Sedlack serving as cinematographer.
Kate Tucker has released three alt-rock albums, including “Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden,” which was among the top indie releases of 2008/2009, generating the hit singles “Faster Than Cars Drive” and “Everything Went Down.” She has showcased at CMJ, SXSW, and Bumbershoot, and played with Lilith Fair last summer. Her catalog has been licensed to several network television series, including “CSI” and “One Tree Hill,” and to multiple Starbucks compilations. She is repped by the A&R head at Rick Rubin’s label, American Recordings. She recently starred in her first feature film, “Everything Went Down,” which was based on her songs and was written and directed by Professor Morrow.
“Sesame Street” Director Ken Diego Visits Dustin Morrow’s Class
On Friday, April 8th, Emmy-winning director Ken Diego visited MSP faculty member Dustin Morrow’s “Producing and Directing” course. Diego spoke to Morrow’s students, and a group of SMC students who joined the class for the day, about his decades of experience in directing for television. Mr. Diego’s credits include extensive work in live event television, such as The Tony Awards and PBS’s Great Performances, as well as work in children’s programming for both PBS and Nickelodeon. For the last 17 years, Mr. Diego has been a director at the legendary children’s series Sesame Street. Mr. Diego screened clips from his storied career, and answered the students’ questions about TV directing, children’s media, live event directing, public broadcasting, and pursuing a career working in television.
Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award
Two MSP students just won a PAPBA award for their sports piece called Cherry Confusion. It was produced in Professor Matt Fine’s class and aired on TUTV and owlsports.com. The winners were Jeff McDevitt and Matt Goetz.
According to Professor Fine, “It’s a very exciting award for these guys, who were very creative in their approach to a funny topic on campus.”
On Friday, February 25th, MSP welcomed a special guest, the Emmy Award-winning Hollywood sitcom director May Lou Belli. Ms. Belli spent the morning conducting a producing/ pitching workshop with the students of Prof. Dustin Morrow’s course, Producing and Directing. Then Ms. Belli joined about two dozen MSP students for an informal chat over a catered lunch. In the afternoon, Ms. Belli taught an exciting workshop in directing for sitcoms in Prof. Morrow’s course, Advanced Techniques in Directing. In addition to the course’s students, the workshop was attended by about two dozen additional students from the departments of MSP and Theater.
With over 100 TV episodes to her credit, Belli has directed such series as “The Game,” “Girlfriends,” “Sister Sister,” “Living with Fran” starring Fran Drescher, “Misconceptions” starring Jane Leeves, “The Hughleys” starring DL Hughley, “Major Dad” starring Gerald McRaney, “Monk” starring Tony Shaloub, and “Eve” starring hip hop artist Eve. She began her career directing the iconic 80s series “Charles in Charge.” She is the author of three books about directing and acting for television.
Voice coach, radio producer and host, Sharon Eisenhour took her Broadcast Performance class to WRTI for a field trip in October to record student radio drama projects in WRTI’s fabulous studio. According to Sharon: “It was a great experience for the students; we have another session, to finish up the last three dramas. Since I was on the air at WRTI (and before that, WFLN and WHYY), I know all those folks and we have a great relationship. It was a nice favor they did, making their production director available for this project.”
Temple Smash - Temple University’s first student produced variety show comprised solely of university talent.
Temple Update - The television news program produced by MSP students. View Temple Update programs, as well as examples of student reporting.
Temple Basketball - A project by Kyle Henrick, a student in Professor Matt Fine’s Sports Production Practicum.
Welcome to BTMM - BTMM 4741 Cybermedia Workshop
Producers: BTMM 4741 students
This video presentation provides an overview of the Media Studies and Production Departments.
This short clip from a student project shows two actors explaining their points of view to one another in an effort to better understand one another.
This student project was designed to demonstrate tragedy. Part of the story between a husband and wife is explained, where the wife leaves her husband because he has been accused of being involved in terrorist activities.
I am an American - BTMM 270
Writer/ Director: Nana Karikari
This PSA illustrates an open arms perspective towards immigration to the United States, showing people of various ethnicity and creeds speaking their minds about what America means to them.
Digital Audio Production
Bell Tower Music
Students in MSP 4890′s “Bell Tower Music” record label produced and recorded 3 tracks for the self-titled debut album from Philadelphia-based reggae band, Sonni Shine and the Underwater Sounds, including the single “Airplane”. The album was voted the #1 Local Album of 2010 and the #1 Local Debut Album of 2010 by WXPN radio’s “The Key” – a website dedicated to the local music scene in the Greater Philadelphia region. Another MSP connection to the project is MSP alum and audio lab assistant, Ken Shumski. who is the band’s bass player.
Students in Temple’s “Advanced Topics in Media” class hone their engineering skills while working on real-life projects developed for the university’s record label, Bell Tower Music.
Learning the ropes from an industry insider is an experience Temple students enjoy across the university — a successful entrepreneur teaches Fox students, a renowned sculptor works with Tyler students and an Inquirer reporter trains journalism students. There’s no better way to uncover valuable bits on where the jobs are and how to get hired.
Such access is even more critical when the students are aspiring to work in an area as chaotic as the music industry, a field that has undergone radical change since it became possible to download music for free online.
Enter Aaron Luis Levinson and Bell Tower Music. The Grammy-winning music producer teaches “Advanced Topics of Media and Telecommunications,” a School of Communications and Theater course focused on music production and recording. Levinson took a concept that had been brewing for years — a Temple-based record label — and forced it into reality with the help of Jack Klotz, Jr., assistant professor of Media Studies and Production (MSP).
Last semester Bell Tower Music (BTM) bore its first fruits outside of the classroom. The label signed Danny Janklow, a gifted jazz saxophonist and Boyer College of Music and Dance student, and Sonni Shine and the Underwater Sounds. Shine’s bass player, Ken Shumski, is a MSP alumnus. The label also redesigned its website and started YouTube and iTunes channels, giving it the ability to distribute music worldwide.
Bell Tower Music offers the same services as any commercial label — recording, production, distribution and promotion — but is unique in its focus on finding talent in the Temple community.
“We’re always on the lookout for Temple artists,” said Levinson. “There is a premium placed on talent found in our own backyard.”
Each semester, new students work at the label as part of the class. They benefit from the accomplishments of their predecessors and leave behind their own contributions for their successors — exactly as Levinson and Klotz have planned it. While last year the label centered on signing and recording its first artists, this year’s push is on building the label’s brand.
“One of our goals this semester is to build the image of and word-of-mouth about BTM,” said senior Sasha White.
White and classmate Matthew Smith recently landed a show on Temple’s radio station, WHIP, called the Bell Tower Music Hour, which they will use to promote the label and its artists as well as seek out new talent. Fellow classmate Susannah Welbeck, who works at WHIP, helped open the door. The coup exemplifies what makes BTM work so well: each student in the class brings unique expertise and interests and together they go the extra mile.
“We meet up after class and do things on our own time. We make sure we stay connected,” said Jenn Lacko, a senior MSP student.
It’s one of the advantages of signing with BTM: the collective creative might of an entire class focused on an artist’s success. Plus, unlike a commercial label, BTM offers the kind of environment where artists can take more creative chances, explains Klotz, who likens the label to an incubator.
During a recent class, more electricity was coming from the students than was feeding the equipment in the recording studio, which occupies space on the first floor of Annenberg Hall. The group is clearly jazzed to be learning from and working with an industry veteran. Even better, they get to do real work for a real business with real challenges and rewards.
“This is so much more valuable than writing a paper or reading a textbook,” said White. “We’re doing stuff we want to be doing in the future. If we’re going into this industry, we have to know what it’s like to really be there.
Temple Opera: “Le Nozze di Figaro”
Recording Assistants: Kris Larsen, Michael Sacchetti, Dennis Baker, Ken Shumski, & Anthony Radomile
Mixed by Ken Shumski
Supervised by Jack Klotz
BTMM 3751 and 4751: Intermediate and Advanced Digital Audio
Johnny Cab: “Do What They Say”
Written, Produced, Engineered, & Performed by John Massey
Paul Hocynec: El Train Girl
Written, Produced, Engineered, & Performed by Paul Hocynec
BTMM 3751 Spring 2009 Class Project
Paul Bernard w/ Dishona Tatuem
Produced by Paul Bernard
Engineered by members of the class
Courses: Intermediate and Advanced Audio Production
This is an indie folk rock song about summer in the city recorded by students in BTMM 275 and edited and mixed by students in BTMM 374.
Band: The Beggar’s Son
The Beggar’s Son is a rock trio from the Philadelphia suburbs. The band consists of three current and former Temple students: Joshua Skinner, Bryan McGee, and Nick Kovac. To date, they have two releases: Spare a Dime (LP) and Temporary Threshold Shift (EP). “Galilee” is a track from Temporary Threshold Shift.
Media Business Plan
Author: Hugh Abbott, Jr.
First Place in Business Plan Category, 2008 BTMM Festival
Course: Creating a Media Business – BTMM 4614
Authors: BTMM 1011 Students
Course: Mass Communication Theory – BTMM 1011
Media Technology: Web Sites
Authors: Drew Wallace, Seana Ray, Jackie Jimenez, Andy Goodling
Course: Intro to Media Technology – BTMM 1701
Author: Adam Teterus
Course: Intro to Media Technology – BTMM 1701