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Tom Todoroff Workshop Inspires Fairfield Actors

There are three rules at a Todoroff workshop; don’t leave the room while he’s working with an actor, don’t use your cell phone, and have fun. “And don’t forget to take notes,” he advised, “I’ll tell you when to write things down.”

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Updated Student Showcases from Media & Communications

Along with a new Media & Communications homepage, we have now updated the Student Showcases, which display the best work produced by students in recent years.  The new showcases represent the four concentrations within Media & Communications: Digital Arts, Filmmaking, Digital Music, and Professional Writing.

Work shown in the student showcases are usually selected from our capstone courses, such as Media Projects and Creative Filmmaking, which are advanced courses taken towards the end of the degree program.  These courses offer students concentrated time to focus on their projects and culminate their...

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New Sound Studio Available in Verrill Hall

A new sound studio has recently been completed in Verrill Hall and was used in the January block by students in the Sound Design for Media course.

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Media & Comm People Gather for First MC Day

On March 2 the Media & Communications (MC) department held the first in a series of monthly “MC Days” — faculty workshops and presentations aimed at bringing students, staff and faculty together to network and share professional expertise.  The idea was sparked by feedback from current MC students who expressed interest in more faculty talks and increased opportunities to work with both peers and faculty mentors.

The first MC Day featured a presentation from instructor Amine Kouider on the process of bringing his upcoming album together, including his experience running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds...

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Tara De Santis Begins Her Musical Career at MUM

Growing up in Montreal, Canada, Tara De Santis has always been around music due to her father’s love of music. She began writing songs at age 15, but didn’t know how to play an instrument. Since her arrival at MUM, she has written 200 songs.

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MUM Opens New Music Studio on Campus

Big news for music and film students — we now have a sound studio on campus! Nestled in Verrill Hall, where our two film studios are located, the music studio is a welcome addition to campus, giving MUM students yet another dedicated space to create. Media & Communications instructor Cody Olivas gives us the details on the new studio and what it offers students.

 

Brianna – Tell me a bit about the new music studio. What equipment is there and what types of projects are students now able...

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Should my story be made into a film or a video game? [Professional Tips]

Last fall, Media & Communications instructor Cullen Thomas gave a lecture titled Cave Paintings and Video Games (read the recap here).  He touched on the differences between films and video games, and the creative processes behind them.  Cullen emphasized that when creating a story it’s important to use the right medium when no other medium can be used.  “Some stories have to be novels, some stories have to be films,” he said.   But how do you know what the right medium is for your story?...

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Aditi Gentsch: Growing Her Business through Education

Aditi Gentsch began growing herbs and making herbal salves during her childhood in Fairfield. She first used them to treat the horses on her family’s farm. But soon friends were making requests for different ointments, and she expanded into skin care products. This year she is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Aditi Botanicals, her organic skin care line.

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Things to come in Spring 2016

Welcome back, students! Here’s a look at some exciting things coming up this semester by way of news and events.  And for those of you just now on your way to the midwest, the dates for the official start of the spring semester are listed below.

Acting Master Class with Tom Todoroff Feb 20th

Acting coach to Sasha Alexander, Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson, Patricia Arquette among many others and founder of the acclaimed Tom Todoroff Two-Year Conservatory in New York City, Tom Todoroff will be giving an acting workshop here in Fairfield on Saturday, Feb...

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Music Student Releases Second Indie Dance Single

Media & Communications student Tara De Santis, who goes by the artist name VEDA, released her second single in collaboration with music producer Saxton earlier this week.  We sat down with her to get the details on her experience taking Media & Communications courses at MUM, finding artists to collaborate with, and her upcoming performances in Fairfield later this month.

VEDA, a trilingual 19-year-old from Montreal, started doing music last year, shortly after arriving in Fairfield.  She took the Digital Music Production class which is where she learned to produce.  The...

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