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Congratulations to broadcast-cinema student Cody Buffinton, who just landed an internship at Warner Brothers’ “The People’s Court” in Stamford. As you may know, all students in degree programs in the Center for New Media must complete an internship before they graduate. Internships are a great way for students to get real-world experience. But sometimes students don’t know where to start when trying to find an internship. And many students don’t realize the resources they have at MxCC! Read Cody’s story to learn more about the internship process at MxCC.

Cody had an internship lined up for the spring, but it ended up falling through. Armed with an internship list that he got from his professor, he called and visited many places on the list, only to find that they had all filled up. Cody is graduating in May and needed the internship to graduate so the pressure was mounting. With the semester starting in just a few weeks, he called Professor Rich Lenoce for some leads.

Professor Lenoce used his Center for New Media industry contacts to find productions that were beginning to film in CT that needed assistance. Production for “The People’s Court” was gearing up and producers and the director needed on-set assistance. Within an hour, Cody found out that they were looking for interns so he sent over his resume. A half an hour later, they called him back and said the internship was his if he wanted it!

Wasting no time, Cody visited the office at “The People’s Court,” met everyone at the office, and set his hours. Right now, Cody is working two days a week. So far he’s learned how to guests are booked on the show and how to work with the audience. Soon he will work on editing the shows.

All around, this partnership with “The People’s Court” has worked out for everyone. Because of this positive experience, Cody’s supervisor at his internship hopes to hire more interns from MxCC in the future. And now that Cody has secured an internship, he is ready to graduate from MxCC in May. The internship process can be daunting, but if you look to the resources provided for you at MxCC, you just may land the internship of your dreams.

jonschrothJon Schroth, former MxCC student, will be heading up a new film-making lab at Epoch Arts, located in East Hampton. According to an article in The Middletown Press, the lab will be used for film making, animation and after school programs.

Jon Schroth transferred to Ringling College of Art and Design from Middlesex Community College and has had a successful career. Jon has worked on movies such as RobotsIce Age: The MeltdownHorton Hears a Who!Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaurRioIce Age: Continental Drift, and Epic. For a more detailed look at his portfolio, visit www.jonschroth.com.

Read more about Jon and the new classes at Epoch Arts in The Middletown Press.

IMG_7236Jackson Gibbon was one of the first participants in any Center for New Media program. What he calls “an unhealthy obsession with film,” along with bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in film studies led him to enroll in MxCC’s Production Assistant Boot Camp in early summer 2013. He found the program on the web – on the New England Film website – and ended up in Professor Greg White’s class with three other students on four Saturdays in June.

Jackson believes White gave him and others in the class an experience he never got in a film studies classroom – hands-on experience – as well as a look into the production business from a working director’s perspective.

“He shared lots of good info on what to expect, what filming was really like, what it meant to be on the set. It was a nice preview and also a nice warning just in case someone was confused about what a PA does.”

The class started out with basic skills; Jackson entered the class without any hands-on knowledge. White was laid-back, but structured, with an easy teaching style that met the needs of the small group.

“It was a nice change of pace to have a class that small; it allowed for a lot of checking in,” Jackson suggested. “White brought in his own experiences in the industry which made the class more personalized and made him more accessible to us.”pabootcamp

In addition to an introduction to the activities that make up the day in the life of a PA, White offered Jackson and his classmates career information including how to format resumes; shared information about which websites would be useful when searching for jobs in the industry; described what to say in emails to executive producers; and, for Jackson, a chance to intern on his film. This was an eye-opener for Jackson, and may have helped him distill his ambition to pursue a career in the business end of filmmaking.

“The networking was so helpful. From that movie (Gibbon’s intern experience on White’s film), I met a couple of producers that were working on marketing on another film and got to work with them.”

One classroom experience stood out for Jackson. “One day, Greg White brought in one of the DVDs of a film he worked on. We read the screenplay and then watched the specific scenes we had just read. We all had a picture in our heads of how it would be interpreted, but then we were able to see how the director interpreted it.”

Jackson Gibbon has just relocated from Connecticut to Los Angeles where he hopes to get work as a PA, gain experience on films, and leverage his degrees in marketing and his on-set experiences into a career at a studio. He is new to Los Angeles, but has already connected with the contacts he met while at MxCC.

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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