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Issue #31

Weekly Newsletter

by L. Swift and Jeff McQ

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Student Successes
Shameka ColeA few weeks ago, we shared that Film Connection apprentice Shameka Cole had the opportunity to direct a music video for Maybach Music Group hip-hop artist Tracy T. Shemeka got a phone call last week letting her know that the music video recently appeared on MTV’s hip-hop channel, MTV Jams! “I was so hype to hear that!” she says. “I remember watching MTV Jams all the time back in the day.”   Shameka recalls shooting the video itself presented some challenges. “We had a club scene with a lot of extras which was a little hectic,” she says, “but I just spoke with the camera guys and the production team and took control to keep things organized.”    

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Radio Connection graduate Jack Esko:
  Before attending classes through Radio Connection, Jack Esko did a program with sports mentoring group for 6 months. After graduating the radio program with KKVV Christian Radio with Fred Hodges, Jack Esko has successfully started up his own podcast and YouTube channel!    



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Announcement

Time’s running out for this month’s “New Best Friend” contest! RRF has been endorsed by yet another major industry player who believes in the way we break people into the business. Guess who it is, and win!

  Here are this month’s hints:   This supporter is a major, full-service entertainment company with the ability to get involved at any stage of a film’s development.   This company has worked with major directors that include Sofia Coppola, Terrence Malick and Steven Soderbergh.   This company’s film credits include The Bling Ring, The King’s Speech and Side Effects. An individual within the company also worked on Wrong Turn and Donnie Darko.   Can you guess our new best friend?  

Think you know the answer? Submit your guess by signing up here. Get the answer right, and you can win a free copy of Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Ableton, Final Draft, or another comparable software! Deadline is September 5.
Good luck and have fun!

  [smaller]Contest rules: Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen in drawing from all correct entries. The complete list of rules for this contest is available on the contest sign up page.[/smaller]



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Special Feature
Ninja TuneFounded by Matt Black and Jonathan More (aka Coldcut), and managed by Peter Quicke, London-based Ninja Tune has established itself as one of the most credible independent labels in the UK.   Ninja Tune is currently offering amazing work opportunities this fall for business-minded music industry apprentices, and is seeking Recording Connection graduates to fill several work-experience openings. If you’re interested, get in touch with Career Services for the details!  

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Announcement
Silver PhoenixWe LOVE it when top-shelf industry professionals elect to teach our students! The Film Connection is pleased to welcome one of our newest mentors: producer/director Sergio Valenzuela, owner of Silver Phoenix Productions in Nashville, Tennessee! Silver Phoenix (or SPHX, for short) is a Telly Award-winning company that provides high quality production services for projects ranging from short films to music videos to commercials to full-length features, featuring a strong creative team that can provide Hollywood-level production at any stage of the project, from concept to completion.   We’re thrilled to have Sergio teaching our film apprentices in the Nashville area, and we’re excited to see what our students will accomplish under his mentorship. Welcome, Sergio!



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Apprentices in Action
Ayaz Ismail, Album CoverRecent Recording Connection graduate Ayaz Ismail made a trip to L.A. this month to discuss his career goals and meet with like-minded artists and producers in the industry. Since making the trip, he’s been contacted for a Skype interview for a position at Hans Zimmer’s film scoring company Remote Control Productions! Good on you, Ayaz—you’re on your way!   Since Recording Connection Student Services helped recent graduate Victor Mancusi polish up his resume, he’s reported back that it’s helped to land him a ground floor position at a local recording studio, Ardent Recording! “It’s a small studio,” he says, “but at least it was a sure thing and a good place to start.” Congrats, Victor!   EQRecording Connection apprentice Jason Hoanshelt reports that things are going very well with his mentor, David Mikeal at Studio Live USA in Orlando. “I’m learning pretty much everything about audio engineering,” he says. “Recording, basic radio, films and TV, more in-depth with music tracking, mixing and mastering.” Jason says he’s also working on some 80s retro-themed music for an upcoming smartphone video game, and working on some other side projects as well. Way to go, Jason!   cypher-soundCollin McCombs is currently working through the Recording Connection master’s program, and says things are going great! “I believe these past months have been crucial in my education,” he says. “I love that my mentor Aaron Connor makes every little thing a learning experience. He teaches me a lot about engineering, the industry, and studio ownership.” In addition to his apprenticeship at Cypher Sound Studio, Collin is working as an assistant at the studio, where he just finished mastering a song for an upcoming EP for the band Buyer Beware. He’s also built a home studio and has been working on projects there with some of his friends. “I still have a lot to learn,” says Collin, “but I feel like I have strong future in this industry all because of the Recording Connection and my mentor.”

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