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Video Production Grad’s Star Wars Fan Film Wins Top Award

The force is strong with these ones. Iron Horse Cinema recently took home top honors at the annual Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA. Their Star Wars fan film “Star Wars: The Lesser Evil” was chosen by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy as her favorite fan film of the event. The film was directed by 2009 Video Production graduate Sy Cody White. White is Creative Director for New Jersey-based Iron Horse Cinema and was on hand to accept the award with his colleagues.

NESCom Alum Robert Nesbitt Nominated For Three Boston/New England Emmys

New England School of Communications Journalism graduate Robert Nesbitt (’11) has been nominated for 3 Boston/New England Emmy awards for his work at WCSH 6 in Portland, ME. The nominees for the 38th Boston/New England Emmys were announced today in Dedham, MA.

Nesbitt has been nominated in the following categories:

Inmate Artist WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

Bone Marrow Brothers WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

Wheel Chair Dog WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

The 38th Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony will take place Saturday, May 30th.

2012 Grad Joe Visciano Wins 2 Grammys For Work On Beck’s Morning Phase

The 57th annual Grammy awards on February 8th, 2015 was a big night for 2012 NESCom Audio Engineering alum Joe Visciano. Following a nomination in both the Album of the Year and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) categories for Beck’s album Morning Phase, Visciano ended the night with two wins.

The ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Beck – Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Capitol Records

Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck)
Label: Capitol Records

Since graduating from the New England School of Communications in 2012, Visciano has worked with artists including Beck, Mark Ronson, Coldplay, and U2, who dubbed him “Classy” Joe Visciano.

Joe Visciano
L-R: Robbie Nelson, Florian Lagatta, Darrell Thorp, Joe Visciano (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

A busy week finds rehearsals, presentations, workshops and upgrades at NESCom

Over the past week NESCom played host to everything from equipment upgrades to a world-renowned audio engineer to award-winning writers and directors. Here is a brief sampling of what a busy week at NESCom looks like.
We welcomed Hitachi technicians into our video production studio.  Emilio Aleman and Chee Liew were here to update our fleet of mobile unit and studio video cams with new components, enhancements and software. This is part of the great service that our partners like Hitachi, provide to us. By staying ahead of the curve, our students gain access to the latest Hitachi ideas and are better prepared for their careers. IMG_2646_sm IMG_2648_sm On another stop, a roving photographer caught the practice of two Husson teams on a great sunny day.  Below you’ll see some of the Eagles preparing for their next competitions. lacrosse1_sm lacrosse2_sm In the category of “you-never- know-what-to-expect-at-NESCom”, we received a call from the producers asking us to do a quick ADR session with one of the actors of USA Network’s Graceland. It so happens that Brendan Powers, who plays the role of Agennt Cranston on Graceland, was in Bangor performing in Penobscot Theater’s production of “Our Town” running from April 24 through May 11. IMG_2657_sm The cast for “Putnam County Spelling Bee” (May 2,3 &4) was in rehearsal in the Gracie’s Black Box Theater, which resulted in a few pics. IMG_2727_sm IMG_2685_sm A late night stop by the Gracie itself found the semi-finals of “Husson’s Got Talent” in full swing.  The new woofers from Meyer Sound really pump up the low end! Husson’s Got Talent is an annual campus competition that has grown to be quite a big event. IMG_2687_sm IMG_2692_smThursday night in the Gracie Theater, the NESCom chapter of the Audio Engineering Society welcomed world-class mastering engineer Bob Ludwig for a presentation. Ludwig owns Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and has mastered countless classic albums and modern hits like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. BobLudwig Finally, on Friday, NESCom partnered with the Maine Film Office and the Maine Video & Film Association to host a filmmaking workshop with the award winning writing/directing team of alumnus Aron Gaudet (’96) and Gita Pullapilly. Their latest film, Beneath The Harvest Sky, was filmed in Maine and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. aron_sm

Workshop with “Beneath The Harvest Sky” Filmmakers Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly

Gita Pullapilly & Aron Gaudet

Gita Pullapilly & Aron Gaudet
Photo By: Shane Leonard

On Friday, April 25th in Kominsky Hall at Husson University, NESCom presents in partnership with the Maine Film Office and the Maine Video & Film AssociationAward-winning filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. From 3 to 5pm they will share their experiences as Maine-based artists and their innovative process of successfully making documentary and narrative films in the state of Maine. Their new feature film, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere will be at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was acquired for release by Tribeca Films. Gaudet and Pullapilly were also chosen for Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” list and signed by the talent agency, UTA.

Gaudet and Pullapilly also made the Emmy-nominated documentary feature, THE WAY WE GET BY, on the Maine Troop Greeters of Bangor, Maine. The film won 18 festival awards, played in over 60 theaters across the country, and aired on the critically acclaimed PBS program POV in 2009 and 2010.

Gaudet and Pullapilly will share their experiences in the research and writing, pre-production, production, and post-production process as well as their strategies for marketing and releasing BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY nationwide. In the past, they have spoken on panels for Film Independent in Los Angeles, IFP in New York City, Silverdocs in Washington D.C., the Toronto International Film Festival, and traveled to Australia to be film mentors for the HIVE LABS.

Following the event, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY will screen at the Bangor Mall Cinemas, for the Maine premiere, where there will be a live performance from film composer/musician Dustin Hamman and the filmmakers will take part in a Q&A following each of the evening screenings.

For a complimentary ticket to the Maine premiere in Bangor on April 25, please RSVP:

The workshop in Kominsky Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Kominsky Auditorium at Husson University

Kominsky Auditorium at Husson University

NESCom Grads Working At Winter Olympics In Sochi

New England School of Communications (NESCom) graduates Brandon Gassett (’09) and Keith Bickford (’10) are at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia working for EVS, a company that provides instant replay capabilities for live sporting events. The two graduates are helping to supply NBC and their broadcast affiliates throughout the world with world-class televised sports coverage of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games.

Keith Bickford at Sochi Olympics

Keith Bickford at Sochi Olympics

Brandon Gassett at Sochi Olympics

Brandon Gassett at Sochi Olympics

EVS has a system that records all media to a server and then manages the media/metadata. Professionals then have the opportunity to edit the content directly off their server, send it to a third party editing applications or play the content on air. The EVS system is being used at the IBC (International Broadcast Center).

“NESCom’s ability to train students on the EVS system and help students get
internships at EVS, resulted in them receiving full time positions,” said Ben Haskell, Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at the New England School of Communications. “Their ability to contribute to large scale professional productions, like the Olympics, is a tribute to the educational quality available to students through NESCom.”

The NESCom graduates arrived in Sochi three weeks before the opening ceremony to configure the systems. While the games are underway, their responsibility is to monitor the system and make sure it runs without any issues.

In addition to Gassett and Bickford, Nick Barrows (’12) is in NBC’s new sports broadcast center overseeing the EVS operation for the Winter Olympics.

All three graduates studied video production while at NESCom. NESCom’s Mobile Production Unit prepared them for this prominent international sporting event by giving them professional grade experiences in the functional, operational and technical aspects of live production.

Aron Gaudet (’96) Recognized As Director To Watch By Variety

Variety has named NESCom alum Aron Gaudet and his wife/partner Gita Pullapilly as one of this year’s 10 directors to watch.

The latest project from Gaudet and Pullapilly is the film Beneath The Harvest Sky, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

2006 Audio Engineering Alum Bret Johnson Wins First Emmy

Congratulations to 2006 alum Bret Johnson on his first Emmy; Outstanding Sound mixing for non-fiction programming for his work as Sound Re-Recordist for History Of The Eagles. The Emmy was awarded at yesterday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

l-r: Elliot Scheiner (Music Mixer), Tom Fleischman (Re-Recording Mixer), Bret Johnson (Sound Re-Recordist).
Photo credit: Invision/AP

Alumni Check In: Stephen Wells – Nashville Event Lighting

NESCom loves to hear from graduates. Here, we catch up with 2013 Entertainment Production graduate Stephen Wells. Since earning his degree from NESCom, he has traveled to Nashville, TN where he is now Director of Productions for Nashville Event Lighting.

I hope your summers are going well.  I had a few minutes this morning,  so I figured I would give you an update.


I came down to Nashville in May with the plan of finding a job when I got down here and having all the details fall into place, like finding an apartment etc., just winging it; risky I know, but I was willing to take the challenge. I am now the director of productions for Nashville Event Lighting and loving every minute of it. That shows you that NESCom students graduate knowing what to do with their degree, they know how to be confident and show to their employers they are the best of the best – Thank you NESCom.


Stephen Wells ('13) having some fun in the NEL warehouse.

Stephen Wells (’13) having some fun in the NEL warehouse.

As Director of Productions, I am in charge of managing the crew hands and crew chiefs, and creating the schedules. I have a crew of thirty people and  I meet with the crew chiefs every week to go over the upcoming jobs.  I am also in charge of training and making sure everyone on the crew knows what to do when they are at the shop and out on a job setting up the equipment.  I also do production work and meet with sales to make sure everything they design is viable and will work for each venue.  Sometimes I go to venue visits to make sure the power is sufficient enough. I also make surprise visits to most of the jobs to make sure the client is happy and the crew is doing what they are doing. And it’s not all office work, there are plenty of jobs during the week that I can go to and set up for, which is fun, I can get down and dirty and meet with all the clients on the job sites, putting a smile on their faces making their special day even more special!


Nashville Event Lighting may be a small company but we put 110% into each event that we do, making it the best of the best and that is what we are known for and that’s what is most important. I am truly happy and so glad I attended NESCom and decided to make the leap to come down to Nashville, which I can now and proudly call my home.


Keep up the hard work and I look forward to visiting you all soon!


Stephen Wells
Director of Productions
Nashville Event Lighting

We are always happy to hear from alum. If you’d like to send us an update, email Alumni Director Mark Nason

Indie ‘Potato’ cooks up promo deal with Blue Potato film (via Variety)

Read about the newly announced marketing deal between Terra Chips and the independent film Blue Potato which was written and directed by 1996 alumnus Aron Gaudet and his wife Gita Pullapilly.

Indie ‘Potato’ cooks up promo deal | Variety.

To learn more about Blue Potato and read the film’s production blog, visit