Recent 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!