Brooklyn College Rises in the East
Professor Stuart MacLelland was invited to present a series of applied aesthetic and video production seminars at Beijing’s prestigious Communication University of China (CUC), and at CUC’s Nanguang College in Nanjing. Serving over 11,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students, CUC is China’s central training academy for electronic media production. Students concentrate in a variety of disciplines including writing, directing, producing, presentation and music composition. “With China’s rapid emergence as a global political and economic force, media production takes on a greater significance,” said MacLelland, “the students are interested in everything from content development to production technique to the business of television.”
CUC President Liu Ji Nan invited MacLelland to Beijing and said, “We welcome the international perspective – it’s a very positive experience to expose our students to a New York professor and producer.”
In Beijing, MacLelland’s presentations included scriptwriting, the creative process, directing television drama, producing live events, advanced lighting and lens aesthetics. Most of the demonstrations were conducted in studio facilities with CUC students serving as talent and crew. A group of twenty graduate students from the School of Cinema and Television participated in the seminars. “Working with the same group of students over the two week period was particularly interesting to me,” said MacLelland, “we were able to socialize before and after class and it gave me a chance to learn about them on a more personal level. They are very bright and talented young people.”
After a week in Beijing, MacLelland was sent to Nanguang College in Nanjing for three more presentations. “Nanguang College is a brand new campus that was designed to accommodate students in southern China,” said Dean Liqun Liu, “we sent Professor MacLelland there so that our students would experience a unique educational opportunity.” At Nanguang College, MacLelland conducted one of his seminars on producing and directing musical performances. Students provided content for this demonstration by performing several compositions on traditional Chinese instruments. “This was truly a collaborative effort and a great cultural event,” said MacLelland.
The trip included attending several concerts and touring historical sites such as The Forbidden City and The Ming Tombs. “My colleagues at CUC are very gracious and generous hosts, “MacLelland said, adding, “I’m honored to work with some of the most important media producers and educators in China.”
This was MacLelland’s third visit to CUC since 1996. To learn more about the Communication University of China, visit www.cuc.edu.cn.
New Equipment for multiple camera remote shoots
Fall 2004 saw a very exciting addition to the Brooklyn College television production family, the Globecaster. The Globecaster 8000 is a cutting edge system made by Global Streams that will be used for remote multiple camera live shoots.
The computer-based system combines an eight-input production switcher and audio mixer with character generation, effects and compositing capability, as well as integrated linear and non-linear editing tools. The new system simplifies the logistics of live-switched remote production, since it greatly reduces the amount of equipment needed to transport to the remote location. It has already been put through its paces shooting sporting events on campus and a live-switched drama being shot in the field.
The Brookyln Eagle
"FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE EAGLE: HOW CITY PAPERS COVER BROOKLYN"
BROOKLYN, March 15: Paul Moses, a journalism professor at Brooklyn College moderated an open panel discussion about The Brooklyn Eagle and current media coverage of the borough of Brooklyn. The event, held in the Woody Tanger Auditorium at the Brooklyn College Library, was videotaped by the Brooklyn College Television and Radio Department with the help of the Brooklyn College Television Center and M.F.A. students. The program was recorded for future broadcast on CUNY TV .
This forum "marked the occasion of the Eagle's demise with a look back at what the Eagle meant to Brooklyn and at how the borough is covered nowadays by Manhattan-based papers," said Professor Moses, Director of the Center for the Study of Brooklyn. The honored guest speaker was Raymond Schroth, a member of the family who ran The Brooklyn Eagle, who later wrote The Eagle and Brooklyn, and currently a professor of history at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ . The guest panelists included Jimmy Breslin, Columnist; Joanne Wasserman, New York Daily News Brooklyn Borough Chief; Diane Cardwell, New York Times reporter in Brooklyn; Ron Howell, Editor CUNY Matters; and Patrick Gallahue, Reporter.
The event opened with a short video documentary on the history of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, after which Father Schroth gave an informative lecture, then a panel discussion amongst the renowned guests, which led to an open question and answer with the audience.
Among those who attended were the current publisher of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, journalism students, readers of the newspaper, and members of the Brooklyn community concerned about the coverage of their neighborhoods.