Full Sail students and faculty recently were able to lend their efforts to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day Telethon. This year marked the 46th year that the organization has lead the fight against progressive muscle diseases, and featured performances by Lady Antebellum, Boyz II Men, Darius Rucker, and Richie Sambora, as well as special appearances from Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Barbara Walters, Dwight Howard, and more. The Telethon was successful in raising $61,491,393.
Full Sail partnered with Orlando-based video production company Full On Productions to produce the local portions of the broadcast, which aired live in Central Florida and in West Palm Beach. Throughout the shoot in the on-campus HD Production Studio, Full Sail students assisted in the audio, set design, lighting, and other elements of the production alongside Full Sail instructors.
“We are happy to be a part of this charitable event and my sincerest thanks to everyone for the outstanding job they did for the MDA,” said Ren Williams, Executive Producer at Full On Productions. “We have been producing this event in the Central Florida market for the past eight years and were able to [locally] raise over $782,000 this year.”
“The students that were involved in the MDA Telethon were truly an asset to the production,” says Full Sail Cinematography Instructor Ryan Funk. “If it wasn’t for their hard work, great attitudes, and professionalism, we would have had a lot of work ahead of us. They made our day smooth – and more importantly, fun.”