Ball State, Chapman and NYU to Participate in NAB 2013 with Sony

by Sony Pro Team 03/28/2013, in Education, NAB, Sony Professional

written by Shari Sentlowitz | Market Development Manager, Education Solutions

Ball State

Ball State students have participated in the Sony NAB program for the past three years. Each year the students report back that they have been transformed by the experience and describe it as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. For many students, it’s their first time in this type of environment and many have stated that it’s scary, but they have enjoyed the experience. Tim Pollard, Chair Department of Telecommunications says, “The chance to represent one of the most respected companies in the world gives them a sense of pride. Being able to–professionally–interact with media professionals from around the world shows how well Sony trains students to be good ambassadors. It is imperative that undergraduate students get the opportunity to interact with media professionals and SONY has been terrific in doing this with the NAB program.”

Ball State’s Department of Telecommunication (TCOM) is part of one of the largest undergraduate communication colleges in the country—the College of Communication, Information, and Media. Together with the Departments of Journalism and Communication Studies and the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, the school offers two of the country’s premier telecommunications facilities—The Ball Communication Building and the David Letterman Communication and Media Building. Their state-of-the-art Visual Image Labs, Media Lab, fully integrated newsroom, several television studios, teleconferencing capabilities, wireless lab, and collaborative relationship with the Ball State Center for Media Design, allow TCOM students to crank out professional news and weathercasts, films, documentaries, movie soundtracks, and much more right here on campus.

Meet Ball State’s Students

Kendra Caballero | Ball State

Kendra Caballero is a student at Ball State University where she is a double major in Telecommunications and Theatre Production/Design. Kendra hopes to be able to work in both live venues as well as on sets or in studios.

D'Marcus Pulce | Ball State

D’Marcus Pulce is currently a telecommunications production student fascinated with how the film technology industry works. He has completed three production internships and done news coverage with electronics in Newslink Indiana.

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts — Chapman University

Southern California’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts — Chapman University’s highly acclaimed film school was the first film school in the United States to purchase Sony’s flagship F65 8K sensor camera last fall. Students from the school will participate for their first time in Sony’s NAB Student Experience program next month.

“We are excited to participate in the SONY NAB 2013 student program. It will give our students insight into cutting edge technology that SONY is bringing to media creators, as well as a firsthand look at emerging trends in media creation and broadcasting.” said Dan Leonard, Chief Technical Officer at Dodge College.

The Dodge College of Film and Media arts offers a complete array of undergraduate and graduate degrees for students interested in all facets of film and media arts. With a state-of-the-art facility open to you 24/7, accomplished faculty with a combined filmography of more than 300 feature films, a hands-on learning environment, international travel opportunities, one-of-a-kind internships, a solid alumni network and synergy across all programs, opportunities at Dodge College are endless.

Meet Chapman’s Students

Brian Bell | Chapman

Brian Bell studies Film Production at Chapman University. This Spring he will be direct a 20 minute short titled B31, which will be hitting the festival circuit in the summer.

Genna Palermo | Chapman

Genna Palermo is a junior film production major and studio art minor at Chapman University. When she is not making art or shooting movies, Genna swing dances and performs in an improvisational comedy troupe, Improv Inc. She plans on pursuing a career as a camera assistant and director of photography.

Yashwanth Ravi | Chapman

Yashwanth Ravi is from India studying for his MFA FIlm Production, Cinematography at Dodge film school. Previous work experience includes assistant cinematographer in two Bollywood productions and 6 years of wildlife photography and documentary experience.


NYU has a Cinematography Concentration in the Undergraduate Dept. which has 8 different Cinematography classes for students to specialize in. Their student Camera Concentration students end up shooting the majority of the over 300 productions the directing students direct.

NYU students are vary technically adapt and go on to be world leaders in the Cinematography industry. They have alumni in the International Camera Guild, American Society Cinematographers (ASC) and the Society of Operating Camera (SOC).

NYU has been sending 4 students each year for the last 3 years to work at the Sony NAB Booth. “It is a great experience for the graduating seniors to make connections and refine their communicating skills on cinematography with industry professional”, says Michael Carmine, Head of Cinematography Studies for NYU.

Meet the NYU students

Todd Martin | NYU

Todd Martin is a working freelance cinematographer and steadicam operator finishing up his senior year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts studying Film and Television Production. Cinematography has been a passion of his for the past 8 years, with a comprehensive body of work in short films, music videos, and commercial profiles/advertisements. Todd has been working with Sony cameras for years – from the HDR-FX1 to the F35. Some of Todd’s work as a cinematographer and editor have been broadcast nationally giving him experience in a professional workflow environment.

Casey Stein | NYU

Casey Stein fell into shooting at a very young age thanks to the influence of late 90’s skateboarding videos, and soon branched out to explore narrative storytelling and photographing. This background has made him fast and flexible, while still delivering a calculated vision. With roots deep-seated in the arts, Casey has always been around performance and creativity, making him a true believer in putting the script and the directors’ vision first. His approach to shooting is direct, character driven, and motivated. Most recently, Casey has been shooting music videos for Monolift, The Yellow Dogs and The Reel, and also shooting commercials for Levi’s, Blackberry, EarthShare, and Converse Footwear. Casey is currently in pre-production on two features, many shorts and a number of music videos slated for fall 2012.Casey has been photographing narrative films for eight years. He’s a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and you may spot him riding over the Williamsburg Bridge on his bike.

Julia Mills | NYU

Julia Mills is Oklahoma born and raised student at NYU focusing on Camera, Lighting and the Chinese language.

Arina Bleiman is a New York based Director of Photography. Bleiman draws her cinematography from a love of culture and a diverse background, growing up in the northern metropolitan of St. Petersburg, Russia and the sizzling streets of Miami, Florida. With every project she strives to design and sustain a unique aesthetic, a powerful connection between image and emotion, always trying to reinvent and grow.

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