Full Sail students were given the chance to work alongside broadcasting company NEP when the sports powerhouse brought some of their trucks to campus. NEP’s Co-President of U.S. Mobile Units and Show Production Advisory Board member Glen Levine had reached out to Show Production Program Director Mark Johnson about using the parking lot space behind Live I since NEP was working on a show at the Amway Center.
NEP is the leader in mobile production units for sports and high end entertainment events. With over 120 mobile production trucks currently in their fleet worldwide, NEP provides mobile broadcast unit facilities and management, coordination to virtually every major network and broadcast organization in both the United States and the international broadcast community. The trucks that visited Full Sail are part of a fleet that works with NBC for a little show called Sunday Night Football.
Over the course of four days, students – primarily those in the Show Production and Film degrees – were able to sign up for an open crew call and volunteer their time to learn from experts in their industry. “It’s really phenomenal because there have been so many students volunteering, and every last person from the NEP or NBC crew have absolutely taken the time to show the students why it’s important to do what they’re doing,” said Mark. NEP also provided tours of each truck to a few Show Production classes.
With about 10 students working each day, their responsibilities ranged from setting up cameras and running cable to checking out gear. Since the trucks were getting ready to ship off to cover the Olympics, some of the normal crew members were already in Rio preparing and Full Sail students helped to fill in some of those gaps.
“Having the ability to work with the students was great, and we loved everything that they did,” said Show Production grad and Engineer for NEP Ryan Alexander Markley. “We had some really awesome students doing some really technical things, and the fact that they know how to do some of this stuff is really cool. The fact that they’re applying their knowledge and gaining experience with NEP is amazing.”
In addition to visiting campus, NEP has also donated one of its older mobile units to Full Sail which will be renovated for classes and labs. Mark is currently removing the old equipment and working on creating plans to see how they can design a unit that represents a current model as closely as possible.
“NEP has been a great supporter of Full Sail, and they’ve hired many of our grads,” said Mark. “Whatever opportunities they provide for our students just adds additional training ground for people they’re looking to hire; that’s how they see it.”
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