Four of BMCC’s top Video Arts Technology (VAT) students were sponsored by Avid Technologies, makers of industry-wide digital video editing systems, to attend last week's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas. The four VAT students are Claire Egai, Patricia Brown, Christina Figueroa, and Cherise Burnette.
NAB is the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters, a group that represents all TV and radio broadcasters in the US. Its convention is the largest media event in the world. Nearly every film and television company is represented and is attended by most major media executives and FCC officials.
Avid Technologies sponsored the four students’ trip to the NAB Conference and the students are keeping blogs, shooting and editing videos and doing podcasts. They competed against other college students from Ball State University, Chapman University, Eastern Illinois University, Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of Texas, and Washington state University, who were also being sponsored by AVID.
The VAT faculty sponsor for the trip is Professor Phil Weisman. John Gallagher, Director of the Media Center, initiated this opportunity for the VAT students. Weisman says, “Seeing our students in action, self-organized and producing the quality of work that equals or surpasses their Avid student colleagues is most gratifying. Our faculty chose them because we knew that they would more than meet the requirements of this week-long challenge. They are all strong team players with complementary skills and backgrounds.”
Claire Egei has made a number of documentaries. One, Four Wheel Passion, was honored with the Joshua Smith Award for Excellence. Claire's love of film and music began early in her childhood. She graduated from the School of Economics in Budapest where she worked as an accountant, but found an outlet for her creativity by singing in a rock and roll band. It was only after her arrival in New York that she began to consider turning her fascination with film and television into a career. She hopes her films will show that we are all responsible for the present and the future.
Patricia Brown really didn't know what she wanted to do as a career. As a hobby, she produced, directed, and edited three shows which were well received by her peers who encouraged her to develop her skills. Professor Cynthia Karasek recognized Patricia's potential and encouraged her to major in VAT. Patricia’s area of expertise is documentaries and she tied for first place for the Joshua Smith Award.
Christina Figueroa has completed three short films. She is very excited to be part of the NAB Student Representative Program. In her spare time, Christina tutors other students in her school lab on using Avid editing software for their post production projects.
Cherise Burnette is a also full time VAT student. Cherise is raising five children, which doesn’t give her much time to write a blog about herself.