Digital media producer Neal M Bennett began his career in the mid 90s as a television writer and producer for WPHL 17 in Philadelphia. Soon after, he worked as a production associate for several feature films including Judy Berlin with Edie Falco, View Askew Productions Chasing Amy with Ben Affleck, and Vanguard International’s Animal Room with Neil Patrick Harris.
Later, Bennett worked as a production tech at Comcast News Makers with Lynn Doyle and Sports Talk with Bruce Beck. He soon got a position at Cablevision where he worked as a production tech, a producer and an editor for community programming and sports.
After spending a few years at local cable stations, Bennett was hired to travel with the TLC crew as a locations coordinator/unit manager for Trading Spaces.
In 2002 Bennett got his first taste of teaching film and video at Communications High School in Wall Township, NJ, one of the career academy high schools in Monmouth County. His courses focused on studio television production, digital media and 3D animation.
Bennett later founded his own film and video school, Industry Media Arts, creating after school enrichment programs for mostly high school age students. It was here he realized how valuable real world experience is for students wanting to get into the field of filmmaking and video.
He has had the opportunity to work on ESPN’s ‘World Series of Poker’, MLB Network’s ‘World Series’, various NHL Productions, NFL Films projects, YES Network’s ‘Yankees on Deck’, HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ and Discovery’s ’Assignment Discovery’. Bennett was also a co-producer, director and editor of “Dream Camp TV” with Executive Producer Joe Patane (Real World, MTV) featuring the talent of Drew Carey, James Cameron & Vince Pace (Avatar, Transformers) and Pauley Perrette (NCIS).
He continues freelancing for various production companies and creates unique solutions for a wide spectrum of corporate clients. Over the years he has struck a balance between teaching and staying active in the field. Bennett often brings his real world experiences into the classroom sharing the latest updates in technology, workflows and industry trends.
Bennett is currently working for the School of Communication and Information as a Teaching Instructor in the Journalism and Media Studies department. He is also working with the Mason Gross School of Arts Extension Division to develop, teach and supervise filmmaking and certification programs.
Neal Bennett is currently teaching the following Journalism and Media Studies Courses at Rutgers University:
Digital Media Production 04:567:212 (Fall & Spring)
Topics in Creative Media Practice
Media Field Production 04:567:476 (Fall)
Non-Scripted Television 04:567:476 (Spring)
Workshops in Journalism
Non-Linear Editing 04:567:484 (Fall & Spring)
Specialty Camera Studio 04:567:485 (Fall & Spring)
Maine Media Workshops
NJ Provisional Teaching Program
B.A. Radio, Television and Film
Distinguished Achievement in Teaching - Rutgers University (JMS)
Telly Award - Sprite commercial “Bigger with Sprite”, Director & Editor
Telly Award - Educational commercial “Fear No Art”, Director & Editor
Telly Award - Television Documentary “Locals Only”, Producer & Editor
JASPER Award - Television Video Promo “Monmouth University Aerial Overview”, Producer & Editor
JASPER Award - Television Video Promo “President Paul R. Brown, One Year in Office”, DP & Editor
AVID® Media Composer Certified Editor/Instructor
AVID® Pro Tools Certified Instructor/User
AVID® Learning Partner
Adobe® Premiere Pro Instructor