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Middlesex Community College is now home to two new Lynda.com Kiosks, provided by the Center for New Media. Lynda.com is a video tutorial site for software, creative, and business skills. The two kiosks can be found around campus! The first is located in the Wheaton Hall Computer Lab, Room 305 and the other can be found in the Mac Lab in Chapman Hall, Room 305.  Look for the designated iMacs in both of these labs. Make sure to check this abundant resource!

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If you have an interest in film and video production, and you want to surround yourself with students just as passionate about learning the ins and outs of the industry, then consider becoming a member of the MxCC Film Club!

“Students can get involved by simply showing up with a positive attitude ready to learn,” said Mason Rice, President of the MxCC Film Club, which is in the late stages of being made an official part of the College’s extracurricular activities. “Whether you are a cinema major, an aspiring actor, a creative writer, or you’ve had ideas floating around in your head for years that you want to get made, we offer a comfortable, relaxed, and welcoming environment.”

The club’s advisor, Professor John Shafer, was thrilled to hear student interest from Rice about getting the club off the ground. While MxCC had a video club back in the late 80s/early 90s, it had been many years since there had been enough interest to restart such an endeavor. Shafer equates the new awareness to the exciting additions to MxCC with the Center for New Media.

“We in the [Communications] department are supportive of them doing this,” said Shafer, about the club’s members. “The great thing about our department is that students have to collaborate and form connections with each other in class, and the club is a further reflection of that — where the students get to call the shots.”

Film and media production is a competitive business, and one of the club’s goals is to function like a collaborative production-like meeting. This format allows students to connect with fellow peers and industry professionals to better prepare them to enter the job field. The club gives students the freedom to mentor one another, provide hands-on workshops, discuss ongoing projects, and review and watch old and new movies or short films.

There are also plans to propose a budget to the Student Senate for the club to purchase their own supplies to be used during meetings. Currently equipment goes to students in classes as a first priority, but with their own cameras the club wouldn’t have to work around course schedules.

Rice urges students to stop by for a meeting, and while he can’t predict the future of the club, he is optimistic about growing members. “…The hope [is] for more aspiring filmmakers to come up the pike and carry this club and themselves beyond what we have simply laid the foundation for,” he said.

The MxCC Film Club meets Fridays from 12-4 p.m., Chapman Hall, Room 629 (Lower Level), in the Center for New Media. For additional information students can contact John Shafer, Coordinator of Communications/Broadcast Cinema, and advisor to the club at jshafer@mxcc.edu.

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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