MSP students and Comm Studies/Communication Majors may enter papers and production work completed for any MSP course from last summer, last fall and this spring. Applications can be picked up outside the MSP Office in Annenberg 205.
Please email entry forms and/or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners 2015 MSP Awards
Best Sports Package
3rd place – Ben Otte & Chase Senior — Temple vs. Memphis AAC Tournament Preview
2nd place – Lizette Salomon, Caitlin Feeney and Keenan O’Connell – We Can Swim
1st place – Chase Senior – Shooting Woes Doom Temple in NIT
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.”
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 – MSP (BTMM 4741) Cybermedia Workshop
Digital Audio Production
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.
“Sonni Shine and the Underwater Sounds” is available on amazon.com, iTunes, cdBaby, and others. Check out the music video:
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 (BTM). 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 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.
Media Business Plan
Sing-Along Studio and Store (excerpt)
Author: Hugh Abbott, Jr.
First Place in Business Plan Category, 2008 BTMM Festival
Course: Creating a Media Business – BTMM 4614
Comparisons of Undergraduate Theory Textbooks
Authors: BTMM 1011 Students
Course: Mass Communication Theory – BTMM 1011
Author: Adam Teterus
Course: Intro to Media Technology – BTMM 1701