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Communication -– News

Artist's Rendering of New Talk Show Set

The Way Television is Supposed to Look

This semester, the Communication Department is upgrading its media production capacity in a big way, with the addition of brand-new sets for the Bryant TV Studio. These new sets will provide a professional-looking backdrop for the television shows that Bryant students create both in their production classes and on their own in the Media Production Club.

This project began last spring, when Katie Colton (COM, '12) approached her instructor after TV studio production class and told him that she sat on the University's Special Initiatives Committee and would like to submit a proposal to fund the creation of a new set. Mr. Dooley readily agreed and brought in his colleague Tom Zammarelli, who also teaches production here. From that point forward, Katie and the two Toms began meeting and planning in earnest.

First, they devised a basic strategy. The new set should not only look great, but be easy to work with. Bryant students produce shows in a variety of formats and our 2000 square foot studio floor is larger than most. So since we have the space, Katie and the two Toms decided the best approach would be to build not just one set, but three – one for each of the three most common studio formats: news, talk, and entertainment. Rather than making do with a single set that looked generic enough to function for all three formats, each set could be tailor made to look exactly like what it is – a talk show set, a news set, and a sit-com set for SNL-style skit comedy. Also, because each of the three sets could remain in place without having to break down and rebuild for each format change, students would spend less time moving furniture and more time actually creating programs.

With that strategy in mind, the trio brought in Mike Nosel, an experienced set designer and builder at WBZ-TV in Boston. More meetings followed, then artist renderings, design approval, and construction. Finished set pieces (for the talk show set) began arriving by truck at the end of September, with the rest not far behind. Once in place, each set will be carefully lit to maximize its visual appeal, then it's lights, camera, action!