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Check out the show opener video for the 2014 Arts and Media Festival called Food For Thought. In this film, the Food Network holds a 100 million dollar cooking competition at MxCC. The competition brings out the best and worst in MxCC’s faculty, staff and students.

This parody of the Food Network’s show Chopped ended the hiatus we’ve been on. It’s been five years since we’ve done an end of the year video, but since this was the 10th anniversary of the Arts and Media Festival, we decided to pull out all the stops and do something Rick Ericksen and I envisioned years ago: Taste-O-Vision. Thanks to the Elena Sanchez and Rose Picarelli, a script was created and production began. Thanks to everyone else in the department pitching in! After a couple of really late nights of editing, we were able to pull this one off in a few weeks.

This is the first “End of the Year Video” to shoot most of the scenes “television style”, using up to three cameras at the same time. President Anna Wasescha makes her debut in this video.

There’s a short introduction at the beginning that explains how Taste-O-Vision works. At the Arts and Media Festival, we actually handed out 100 “Flavor Trays” to the audience. However, if you want to experience this film in Taste-O-Vision you’ll just need seven Jelly Belly (jelly beans) with the following flavors in this order:

1. Tangerine
2. Root beer
3. Strawberry Daiquiri
4. Green Apple
5. Buttered Popcorn
6. Cinnamon
7. Dr. Pepper

–Dan Nocera

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Dan Nocera is the coordinator of MxCC’s Corporate Media Center. He also teaches production classes throughout the school year. For more than 15 years, MxCC’s Corporate Media Center (CMC) has been producing award-winning corporate videos. The CMC’s productions have won over 17 awards and 10 national awards for clients such as CT’s Department of Environmental Protection, CTDepartment of Labor, Unilever, Stanley Tools, United Technologies, Hamilton Sundstrand & Sikorsky Aircraft.

In the News

telly_newlogolargeThe Telly Awards has named Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Media Center as a bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled “The Functions and Values of Wetlands and Watercourses.” With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The 48-minute video is a beautiful visual exploration of the functions and values of wetlands and watercourses, focusing on the key areas of hydrology, ecology and land use.  It also features the voice over talent of MxCC alumna Liz Parra as the voice of the narrator’s digital assistant. It is the third and final video in the Municipal Inland Wetland Commissioners Training Program and was produced for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

“This video is one of the most beautiful videos the Corporate Media Center has produced,” said Dan Nocera, corporate media producer. “We are so honored that we have received a Telly Award for this piece.”

A team of faculty, staff, and students produced the video, including Dan Nocera, Doug Rogers, Barbara Rogers, Rick Eriksen, and Lloyd Langevin. Student production assistants include Hollie Kinney, Trent Jones, Basheer Troche, Lahcen Rachem, and Cindy Gerstl.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “The accomplishment of Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Media Centerillustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit, tellyawards.com. To view the video series, visit CT DEEP’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ctdeepvideos.

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After 2.5 years of production Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Media Center (CMC) has finished work on The Functions and Values of Wetlands and Watercourses.  The 48 minute video is a beautiful visual exploration of the functions and values of wetlands and watercourses, focusing on the key areas of hydrology, ecology and land use.  It also features the voice over talent of MxCC alumna Liz Parra as the voice of the narrator’s digital assistant.

It is the third and final video in the Municipal Inland Wetland Commissioners Training Program and was produced for the Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

The video took multiple staff, faculty and students to produce including:  Dan Nocera, Doug Rogers, Barbara Rogers, Rick Eriksen and Lloyd Langevin. Student production assistants included Hollie Kinney, Trent Jones, Basheer Troche, Lahcen Rachem, and Cindy Gerstl.

“This video is one of the most beautiful the Corporate Media Center has ever produced,” said Dan Nocera, corporate media producer.  “I can’t wait to enter it in the 2014 Telly Awards!

Watch the four-part video on YouTube.

 

Students

Three MxCC students Dan Dalhstrom, Hollie Kinney, and Andrew Saxe, along with MxCC’s Film Industry Training Program graduate, Kerey Viswanathan, took home two awards from the 48 Hour Film Project.  The team’s short film titled John & Clara won the Best Writing Award and the Audience Award.

“Being able to participate in this film project was my first real experience of being a part of an actual filmmaking crew,” said Hollie Kinney, broadcast-cinema major and Meriden resident.  “Through this project I was able to get more experience in post-production, which will help me further my career in the film business.”

“This is a great hands-on experience for our students and we are glad they have been recognized with these two awards,” said Rich Lenoce, director of MxCC’s Center for New Media.

The team from MxCC worked under the name Third Eye Productions.  The team worked around the clock from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28 to write, produce, film, and edit their short film.

The team was formed with the help of Dan Nocera, coordinator of MxCC’s Corporate Media Center.  “I am always happy to help connect our students to the industry,” said Nocera.  “Kerey asked me if I knew a great editor and writer for this project and I suggested Hollie and Andrew, who are two very talented students.”

John & Clara is a romance involving two assassins and a detective. The film was screened at the ceremony to more than 100 people at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport.  John & Clara can be viewed on YouTube.

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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