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Would you like the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work on a motion picture or television set?  In Connecticut’s growing film industry, production assistants are the most sought-after entry level position in this exciting field. Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion.

We expect this course to be very popular and to close quickly as we have limited seats. Last summer several participants received internships on films directly out of this course. Read the “Success Story” here.

This intensive 32-hour “Boot Camp” is an ideal way to learn the skills required to get your foot in the door in the film and television industry. Would you like the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work on a motion picture or television set? In Connecticut’s growing film industry, production assistants are the most sought-after, entry-level position in this exciting field. Skills learned include terminology, production organization and personnel, set etiquette and operations, radio communications, production office procedures, and understanding the various production forms, including call sheets and production reports. You will participate in mock-training exercises and learn all the basics about this position. Instruction also includes job search and interview techniques and how to make your resume attractive to producers and production managers. The course is taught by an experienced Assistant Director who is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Prerequisite: High-school diploma. Cost: $499, materials and textbook included. Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28, four Saturdays.

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Middlesex Community College’s Center for New Media is offering an exciting hands-on Professional Summer Institute. Working with professional media producers, editors, and videographers, students will have the opportunity to experience the competitive world of broadcast production.

David Bibbey, host of CPTV’s “All Things Connecticut,” and Douglas Bibbey of Hi5netTV, will act as producers and work with three teams of students who will compete to have their sizzle reel and program idea accepted by a panel of industry judges. The competition will teach students the techniques to produce commercially successful media programs.

“Students have innovative ideas and energy,” said David Bibbey, who has already collaborated with Middlesex students to produce the promo video about the summer program. “Connecting the college to industry is such a great opportunity for us all. When a project is ‘real,’ learning becomes more relevant and the process more impactful. This is the real deal, working with industry pros to produce three concept ‘sizzle reels’ to pitch for broadcast.”

Experienced faculty and media professionals from ESPN, CPTV, and other network-level production companies will lead each team. Students will choose either production or post-production. Production areas include camera, lighting, sound, assistant producing, and directing. Post-production areas include editing, post-production audio and music, graphics, and effects.

“At the Center for New Media, we are constantly striving to create real world opportunities for our students,” said Professor John Shafer, coordinator of the summer program. “We want to help students learn the skills that employers in the media industry are looking for.”

This advanced summer workshop, which runs July 6 to August 7, is a competitive and selective enrollment program. Students must have taken a video production course or have production experience to be accepted. The program is the first in the series of the Center for New Media’s Professional Summer Institute. Thanks to Center for New Media’s two million dollar grant from the Department of Labor students will be offered six college credits for the price of three. The cost of the program is $518.

For more information on the program visit mxcc.edu/cnm/summer, or contact Professor John Shafer at jshafer@mxcc.edu or 860-343-5811, or Lisa Simmons at rsimmons@mxcc.edu or 860-343-5828.

About Middlesex Community College
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.

About Hi5NetTV
Hi5netTV LLC, a CT based media production and consultancy company (Hi5netTV.com). Connecticut Public Television’s “All Things Connecticut” began January 8th 2015, with a 20-week run of shows, with a new host for Season 6, David Bibbey. A charming and quirky Brit, David brings a new perspective and vision to the show for 2015.

Student Resources

Middlesex Community College is now home to two new Lynda.com Kiosks, provided by the Center for New Media. Lynda.com is a video tutorial site for software, creative, and business skills. The two kiosks can be found around campus! The first is located in the Wheaton Hall Computer Lab, Room 305 and the other can be found in the Mac Lab in Chapman Hall, Room 305.  Look for the designated iMacs in both of these labs. Make sure to check this abundant resource!

Student Resources

If you have an interest in film and video production, and you want to surround yourself with students just as passionate about learning the ins and outs of the industry, then consider becoming a member of the MxCC Film Club!

“Students can get involved by simply showing up with a positive attitude ready to learn,” said Mason Rice, President of the MxCC Film Club, which is in the late stages of being made an official part of the College’s extracurricular activities. “Whether you are a cinema major, an aspiring actor, a creative writer, or you’ve had ideas floating around in your head for years that you want to get made, we offer a comfortable, relaxed, and welcoming environment.” Read More

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About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.


The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.


We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.


Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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