• Alumni Network Event
  • Alumni Network Event
  • Alumni Network Event
  • Alumni Network Event
  • Alumni Network Event

Alumni Network Event

Check out the photos from our Alumni Network Event on Saturday, November 7. Alumni from the Center for New Media programs got together to reconnect with each other and start up an alumni group for these majors. We had alumni as far back at 1979 show up, recent grads from the last few years, and everyone in between. Stay tuned for more information as we start to form an alumni group to provide networking opportunities and other events for our Center for New Media alumni.


MxCC alumni in Broadcast Communications, Broadcast-Cinema, Communication, Communication Arts, Multimedia, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, and related certificate programs are invited to attend an Alumni Networking Meeting and Open House on Saturday, November 7 at our new facility in Chapman Hall, Lower Level.

The Alumni Networking Meeting will meet in room 605 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Following the meeting, alumni are invited to stay for an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in rooms 610-634.

Help us form a new Alumni Network! Reconnect with former classmates and meet other alumni from different eras. Make connections that could help you professionally. Meet current students, faculty and staff. See our new $2.5 million dollar studio and production facilities, if you haven’t already!

We are looking forward to seeing you! If you can attend, please email Professor John Shafer.


As a student of the Broadcast Cinema program here at MxCC, Adam deRezendes didn’t just graduate with an Associates degree in the summer of 2014. He also left the program with real on-the-job experience and connections to film makers in the field.

In the summer of 2013, Adam enrolled in the Production Assistant Bootcamp run by Greg White. Though he was unable to take the internship opportunity provided to him that summer, his connection to Greg landed him an internship the following year with Synthetic Cinema International. Adam was given the title of Intern and Camera Trainee for the lifetime movie, Wishin’ and Hopin’. According to IMDBRead More

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!

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

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.