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Communications Specialist in the MxCC Marketing department and Program Assistant for MxCC's Center for New Media.

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We are proud to present Media Minute, a series of educational videos on social media, geared towards businesses that want to get started with social media.

In our third video, learn more about Twitter and how you can leverage your brand in 140 characters or less in this video produced by Middlesex Community College’s Center for New Media, your source for all things new media!

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Are you interested in working in the television or film industry? Then a course in Scriptwriting is a great idea! Even if you’re not sure you want to be a scriptwriter, being familiar with how scripts are written is important for anyone looking to work on set as a production assistant, producer, or director. So here’s a few reasons why you should totally sign up for this class this semester.

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Here are the top three reasons why you should take this course:

1. It’s Online! If you’re looking for a more convenient schedule, our online Scriptwriting class is just for you. If you’re like most students, you are likely taking a few classes and working while you’re in school. You might even be volunteering your time somewhere or doing an internship. Not to mention any family commitments you might have. If that’s the case, an online course offers flexibility because you don’t need to come to campus and sit in a classroom. But remember, an online class requires as much work as an on-ground class. You just have the flexibility to complete your coursework from the comfort of your own home at a time of day that is more convenient for you!

2. Learn From An Industry Veteran! At the Center for New Media, students are given the opportunity to work with award-winning faculty who are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with students. Ms. Barbara Rogers teaches this course. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. She has worked as an Script Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Associate Producer, Producer and Writer on various productions throughout her career. For the last seven years she has been Writer/Producer for two Telly Award-winning instructional videos for the Department of Environmental Protection through the MxCC Corporate Media Center. Read more about Barbara here.

3. It’s Valuable! As I touched upon before, scriptwriting is a valuable skill for anyone in the media field. Being able to analyze a script is an essential skill for actors, directors, editors, and even lighting designers!  In addition to film writing, this course also covers writing for news, documentaries, and commercials.  By the end of the class, you will have treatments for a documentary or educational film and completed a 10 minute narrative film.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*111, 3 credits, Scriptwriting, CRN: 3603 Practice and analysis in all aspects of script writing for motion pictures, television and radio. Course covers basic formats as well as techniques for narrative development, story structuring, etc. Prerequisite: ENG*101, ENG*101E, ENG*101ALP, or permission of the instructor. Email Barbara Rogers at brogers@mxcc.edu to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.

randiplakecopyThis blog was written by Randi Plake, program assistant for the Center for New Media. She is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

SteveMazzettaBioPictureRecent graduate Steven Mazzetta ’13, by chance, was offered an amazing opportunity: to work on the set of an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation.

Back in April, Steve’s wife Steph works at a kitchen and bath remodeling company in West Hartford. The company had a chance to audition for an episode of House Hunters Renovations that was being filmed locally. Pie Town Productions, a television production company based in Los Angeles, heard about the remodeling company through their Houzz page and invited the company to audition to be the designer for an episode of the shower. His wife’s boss knew Steve had gone to Middlesex Community College for Multimedia and asked him to shoot their audition video.

Within two days, Steve shot a 15 minute video that featured some questions and answers, and described a design project they were working on. The next day, he edited the show and submitted it online. In just a few days, they got the call that not only were they going to be on the show, but they wanted the person who shot the audition video to shoot the b-roll footage for the episode!

“I was quite floored by the whole thing,” said Steve, when asked about the experience. “Not only did it happen so fast, but video was really not a focus of mine during my time at MxCC. I know my way around a camera and know how to do composition and frame a shot as I do some still photography on my own for personal and professional work, but a videographer I am not.”

Since graduating, Steve has done a fair amount of different types of projects such as websites, logos, graphic design stuff, but not video in a high capacity. But he jumped on the opportunity since he was comfortable behind a camera. It turned out that the production company was looking for someone to shoot the “in-between” shots of the renovation progressing, and they wanted him to work as a Production Assistant on the days where the main camera crew was set to be there shooting.

The production company provided him with the gear he needed to film, and he spent two days shadowing another Production Assistant before going off on his own. He has a schedule of dates when major events in the renovation process are happening and he films the sub-contractors as they work on those key moments, keeping in mind story elements that have developed over the course of filming the episode so far.

Currently, they almost wrapping up the shoot. So far Steve has shot most of the renovation process, scouted locations, gotten appearance and location releases for the episode, and served as the Production Assistant, where he handles the tracking of footage, backing up that footage, and shipping it back to LA. He also helps the main camera crew set up and break down their gear, and in general he assists the producers and director in different ways as they need it.

“This is all so crazy how it happened,” said Steve. “I guess it just goes to show that if you have a few skills in your pocket, and you are able to be adaptable and keep an open mind, sometimes things that you never expected might happen.”

We are looking forward to when this episode airs on HGTV!

Students in the Center for New Media (Broadcast-Cinema, Communication, Fine Arts/Graphic Design, and Multimedia majors) at Middlesex Community College are invited to an exclusive orientation JUST FOR YOU!

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After the New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 21, join us for a specialized orientation, just for students in the Center for New Media, from 2-4 p.m in Chapman room 605.

This orientation is a great way to get on the right track before you start your college career at MxCC! You will learn information relevant to being in the Center for New Media such as:

- Facility hours and access
- Production course expectations
- Tutoring
- Standardized software
- Equipment certification
- Using network drives
- Internship information
- and an in-depth tour of the new facility

Sign up for the Center for New Media orientation. Then sign up for the August 21 New Student Orientation session here.

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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