CURRICULUM VITAE

Instructor of Professional Practice

Department of Journalism and Media Studies
School of Communication and Information
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Education

Master of Education: Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, 2019

Major: Adult and Continuing Education

 

Bachelor of Arts: College of Communication & Creative Arts, Rowan University, 1996

Major: Radio, TV & Film     

 

Associate of Science: School of Business and Social Sciences, Ocean County College, 1994

Major: Business Administration

 

Certificate: Avid Technology, Inc., 2013

Digital Non-linear Editing - Avid Certified User & Instructor

 

Certificate: Maine Media Workshops, 1998

Cinematography

 

Academic positions

Fall 2020: Instructor of Professional Practice, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Fall 2016 – Spring 2020: Teaching Instructor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 

Fall 2017: Coadjutant, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers Filmmaking Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 

Spring 2016: Lecturer, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 

Fall 2015: Coadjutant, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 

2014 - 2016: Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, Center for Digital Filmmaking, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 

Teaching

Awards

Distinguished Achievement in Teaching 2017 from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies

 

Courses taught

Graduate courses at Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information - MCM

  • Digital Media Production, spring 2019-2021, fall 2019-2020

 

Undergraduate courses at Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information - JMS

  • Digital Media Production, spring 2016-2021, fall 2016-2020

  • Media Field Production, fall 2016-2019

  • Non-linear Editing, fall 2019-2020

  • Non-linear Editing Workshop, spring 2016-2020, fall 2016-2018

  • Non-Scripted Television Production, spring 2016-2019

  • Specialty Camera Studio Workshop, spring 2016-2020, fall 2016-2019

 

Undergraduate courses at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts

  • Digital Field Production, spring 2014, 2015, fall 2014: Mason Gross, Center for Digital Filmmaking Certification

  • Video Editing, fall 2015, spring 2016: Mason Gross, Center for Digital Filmmaking

 

Undergraduate courses at Brookdale Community College

  • Digital Editing: After Effects, fall 2006

  • Website Design, fall 2006

 

Curriculum development

Graduate Level at Rutgers University

  • Designed and taught Digital Media Production 17:194:507. Students study media creation and distribution through online and interactive experiences with a focus on corporate communication. This includes audio and video streaming in online contexts, but it also covers other types of new media that are hybrids of the two. Using various multimedia systems and formats, students explore the foundations of development, content creation, and distribution across multiple platforms. Focusing on multi-platform digital media, students write, produce, and edit their own digital media content for online distribution.
     

Undergraduate Level at Rutgers University

  • Designed and taught Digital Media Production 04:567:212. Students use various multimedia systems and formats to explore the foundations of development, content creation, and distribution across multiple platforms. Focusing on journalism multi-platform digital media, students write, produce, and edit their own content for online distribution.
     

  • Designed and taught Media Field Production 04:567:476. This course introduces students to the working principles of Electronic Field Production (EFP). Special attention is given to on-location creative and technical aspects of media production. Valuable EFP knowledge and skills are gained through production exercises, projects, and readings. Students learn the constraints and benefits of shooting on-location while producing, directing, and operating production equipment.

 

  • Designed and taught Non-Scripted Television Production 04:567:476. Learning both the technical and aesthetic principles of television production, students work together as producers, directors, camera operators, and editors to produce an unscripted television show.

 

  • Designed and taught Non-Linear Editing 04:567:478. Using the industry-standard programs, Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, students learn various workflows used for preparing and editing media using a project-based approach. From managing and importing media assets to exporting a final video for distribution, students gain a thorough understanding of the tools and techniques used in a professional non-linear editing environment.

 

  • Designed and taught Non-Linear Editing Workshop 04:567:484, a 1.5 credit workshop.  Students develop basic technical skills required for audio and video editing, as well as a theoretical framework that encourages them to explore the ways in which story and meaning can be developed and through editing.
     

  • Designed and taught Specialty Camera Studio Workshop 04:567:485, a 1.5 credit workshop.  Students learn how to operate studio cameras, switchers, audio boards, wireless mics, lighting grids, and a host of other technical “behind-the-scenes" equipment essential in producing a professional television news program.

Other teaching

  • 2015 - 2019: Program Director and Instructor, Digital Filmmaking Academy, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, Extension Division, New Brunswick, NJ

  • 2009 - 2014: Filmmaking Instructor, Arts, and Education Center, Middlesex College, NJ

  • 2006: Adjunct, Communication Media, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

  • 2003 - 2005: Digital Video Teacher, Communications High School, Monmouth County Vocational School District Career Academy, Wall, NJ

  • 2005 - 2015: Digital Video & Filmmaking Instructor, Industry Media Arts, Freehold, NJ

 

Service

Service to Office of the Secretary of the University

Co-producer & director, Looking Forward: Rutgers & COVID Fall 2021, 2020

Co-producer & editor, Rutgers University Virtual Commencement, 2020

Production associate and editor, New Student Convocation, 2020

 

Service to the Office of the Provost

Producer and editor, New Faculty Orientation, 2020

 

Service to the School of Communication and Information

Member, Journalism and Media Studies Curriculum Committee, 2020

Member, DCIM Executive Committee, 2017-present

Consultant, DCIM Student Capstone Project, 2017

 

Service to the Department of Journalism and Media Studies

Journalism and Media Studies, Task Force on Promoting the Major, 2020

Journalism and Media Studies Scholarship Committee, 2020

Prepare digital media content for Kairos and JMS Showcase, 2017-present

Liaison, Rutgers iTV studio, 2017-present

Consultant, Podcast Studio Development, 2017-present

Coordinator, Organizing field lessons with the assistance of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Enrichment Program, 2017 - present

Coordinate with IT on specs and upgrades, 2016-present

Member, Space Committee, 2016

Equipment budgeting, purchasing, and maintenance, 2015-present

Consulting & Course Development, 2015

 

Service to Mason Gross School of the Arts

Video Production, Rutgers Arts Online, 2018 https://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/degrees-programs/arts-online/degrees/

 

Service to the Division of Continuing Studies

Hiring committee member for new Media Services Director, 2020

Consultant, Studio build at the Lifelong Learning Center, 2019-2020

Industry ambassador, Rutgers Global - Visiting group from Anhui, China, 2019

 

Service to the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Production associate, GSAPP Virtual Commencement Ceremony, 2020

Producer and editor, GSAPP Nancy Boyd-Franklin Gala, 2019

 

Service to society at large

Video Production, Asbury Park Television, Asbury Park, NJ, 2016 - 2017

Video Production, Easter Seals, New Brunswick, NJ, 2015

Video Production, Urban Coast Institute, West Long Branch, NJ, 2015

Screenwriting Workshop, Girl Scouts, Marlboro, NJ, 2014

Video Production, Monmouth Cares Inc., Long Branch, NJ, 2013

Video Production, Dream Camp Foundation, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2011-2013

Filmmaking Workshops, Monmouth County Arts Council, Red Bank, NJ, 2006-2009

Projectionist & Video Production, Garden State Film Festival, 2004 - 2006

Professional Affiliations

 

Member, National Association of Broadcasters

Learning Partner, Avid Technology Inc.

Member, Freelancers Union

Affiliate, Student Television Network

Professional Experience

Neal Bennett Productions, LLC., Toms River, NJ, 2000 - present

Independent contractor providing services that include consulting, development, and production for corporate, educational, and broadcast clients.

 

Awards

 

2015 Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association Silver JASPER for President Paul R. Brown - One Year in Office - Category: Television Video Short Documentary Promo

 

2015 Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association Silver JASPER for Aerial Overview - Category: Television Video Short Documentary Promo

 

2012 The Telly Awards - Producer/Director ‘Bigger with Sprite’ - Category: Television Commercial

 

2008 The Telly Awards - Director/Editor ‘Industry Film School & Actors Playground’ - Category: Television Commercial

 

2005 The Telly Awards - Editor ‘Locals Only, A Look at Surfing Localism’ - Category - Television Show

 

Client/Freelance Work

 

2018 – present: Division of Continuing Studies, iTV Studio, Piscataway, NJ
Consultant, technician, and installer for various tasks involved in the DoCS media landscape. (iTV studio, New Media Center and Scarlet Media) Providing production support on various projects as a producer, director, camera operator, audio engineer, field sound, and editor.

Featured work:­

Producer, Camera Operator, and Sound Mixer for regional and national broadcasts

Writer/Producer: MD1 When Seconds Count https://md1program.org/

Director/Editor: Rutgers RWJ Medical School Community Interpreting

Director of Photography/Camera/Sound/Online Editor: Television Series Images/Imágenes
https://www.roi-nj.com/2018/08/17/lifestyle/return-to-the-airwaves-for-award-winning-tv-show-focused-on-hispanics/

Director/Camera/Audio: Live shots sent via fiber from iTV to major news networks.

Audio Engineer: Live and pre-recorded audio for podcast and radio networks via VoIP using Comrex

Live Stream Event Director: RWJ White Coat Ceremonies, New Brunswick & Newark.

Live Stream Event Director: Rutgers Climate Symposium: Science and Society https://global.rutgers.edu/rutgers-climate-symposium-2019-science-and-society

Producer/Director/Director of Photography/Editor: kite+key Rutgers Tech Store https://www.facebook.com/pg/kiteandkey/videos/?ref=page_internal

 

2018 – present: Whoorah Productions, New York, NY
Director of Photography/Camera/Editor for Forgotten Champions - Rutgers 1983 Women's AIAW Basketball Champs https://www.nj.com/rutgers/2018/12/how-a-group-of-rutgers-alums-are-shining-light-on-a-forgotten-national-championship-team.html

 

2013 – present: Ranney School, Tinton Falls NJ
Providing production support on various video projects that include marketing videos, fundraising, commercials, and school events.

Featured work:

Director/Camera/Editor: Rally for the GPA - Promotional Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB2QoeR-9k0

Camera/Editor: Ranney vs. Pt. Pleasant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTESAjFHWNU

Director/Camera/Editor: STEAM in Action at Ranney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGhxmtMYLiY&t=44s

Director/Aerial Camera/Editor: Aerial Tour of Ranney School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6GWwM7RFuU

2008 – present: Ted Yasi Productions, Inc., Freehold, NJ
Producer/Camera/Sound for regional and national broadcasts https://www.facebook.com/tedyasivideoproductionservices/

2003 – present: Euro-Pacific Multimedia Productions, Inc., Sommerville NJ
Director/Camera/Editor for corporate video productions
https://euro-pacific.com/

 

2012 – 2018: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
Provided production support on various projects over the years that include the following featured work:

Producer/Aerial Camera/Editor: Aerial Overview - JASPER Award Winner 2015
Currently on monmouth.edu home page. (66,720 views on YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBtu8efhDNg

Producer/Director/Editor: Let Tomorrow Start Today - National Commercial Aired on ESPN 2013 & 2014 (46,686 views on YouTube)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUkVGpREFBc

Producer/Director/ Editor: Be Inspired!  - National Commercial
Aired on ESPN 2013 & 2014 (11,453 views on YouTube)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZY55B9Pzj0

Director of Photography: Interview with President Paul R. Brown - One Year in Office - JASPER Award Winner 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmHgpajq008

Director of Photography: My Monmouth Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRoNTZhyjCc

Director of Photography/Editor: Monmouth University Art Department https://vimeo.com/76489744

Director of Photography/Camera/Editor: Oral Histories - Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music at Monmouth University
https://brucespringsteenspecialcollection.monmouth.edu/

Director of Photography/Camera/Editor: A Photographic Journey
Grammy Museum Traveling Exhibit - Bruce Springsteen:
Recorded interviews with Eric Meola, Photographer for Born to Run - https://grammymuseum.org/event/bruce-springsteen-a-photographic-journey/ and Frank Stefanko, Photographer for Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Chapter and Verse https://youtu.be/Iv0CdHEcr6M

 

2014 – 2017: NFL Films, Mount Holly, NJ
Camera Assistant: Assist with camera checkout, field setup, and media management. Participate in weekly screenings.

 

2015: Comanche Outfitters, Wall, NJ
Camera Operator & Editor: Kodiak Trail Camera Commercial for the Outdoor Channel https://vimeo.com/111367582

 

2014: Celebrity Sweat, Los Angeles, CA
Field Audio Mixer: Celebrity Sweat Flag Football Challenge, NY/NJ 2014 http://csweat.com/celebrity-sweat-flag-football-bloopers-2014/

 

2016: Rooftop 2 Productions, Inc., New York, NY
Field Sound Mixer & Recordist:

PGA of America, Lagardere Sports & Turner Sports PGA Documentary Series on Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III http://www.rydercup.com/news-media/usa/ryder-cup-2016-davis-love-iii-documentary

UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden - Metro PCS Facebook Live Broadcast

 

2015: September Films, Marylebone, London
Camera Operator: Bridezillas http://www.dcdmedia.co.uk/companies/september-films/

 

2011 – 2014: Boardwalk Productions, Wall, NJ (Emmy Award-winning Company)
Provided production support on various projects over the years that include the following featured work:

Camera Operator: World Series MLB Network’s ‘The Third Team’ documentary.

Field Sound Mixer: ALCS MLB Network’s Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers & Tampa Bay Rays - Live Broadcast

Field Audio Mixer: ESPN Playground Basketball is Dying, Interview with Sonny Hill

Camera Operator: NHL Press Tour

Camera Assistant: NFL Network  Football Freakonomics

Camera Operator: Sit down interviews for ESPN’s World Series of Poker

 

2014: Bartha, Inc., Columbus, OH
Camera Operator: Nationwide Sales Meeting Times Square, NYC https://bartha.com/

 

2011: Brisun Productions, Inc., Boonton, NJ (Emmy Award-winning show)
Camera Operator: YES Network’s Yankees On Deck

 

2005 – 2006: Tapestry International, Sea Bright, NJ (Emmy Award-winning show) Editor/Graphics: Assignment Discovery TLC’s Emmy Award Winning show series

 

2002 – 2003: Banyan Productions, Inc., Philadelphia, PA (Emmy Award-winning show). Location Unit Manager: Trading Spaces TLC’s Emmy Award Winning show series

 

2000 – 2003: Silicon Philosophies (Formerly Front Porch Video Inc.) Lawrenceville, NJ
DVD Authoring/Camera/Editor: Produced, recorded, and edited content for automated DVD authoring and mastering applications. Encoding and authoring DVD and streaming content for Hollywood trailers, documentaries, feature films, art galleries, and film festivals.  

 

2000 – 2002: Princeton Partners, Princeton, NJ
Website Designer/Programmer: Designing and programming websites using utilizing Flash, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Standalone and online database programming using Microsoft Access. CD-ROM development utilizing Macromedia Director, ActionScript, QuickTime VR, Adobe After Effects & Photoshop. 

 

1996 – 2000: Cablevision/Rainbow Advertising, Edison, NJ
Producer/Director/Editor: Responsibilities included producing, directing, and editing local cable commercials, in-house promos, and local programming. Maintained communication between the production department, traffic, sales, and the clients. Budgeted and scheduled productions.

 

1996: WPHL WB17, Philadelphia, PA
Production Intern: Kid Time News Produced five four-minute segments every other week. Segments aired between Duck Tails and Gargoyles daily Monday – Friday.

 

1995 – 1996: Comcast, Rahway, NJ
Camera Operator:

Sportstalk - with Bruce Beck

It’s Your Call - with Lynn Doyle

One-on-One - with Steve Adubato

 

Feature Film Work

2020: Middle Seat Productions, EPK Producer
6:45 featuring Thomas G. Waites & Armen Garo directed by Craig Singer

2017: Reel Enigma, Consultant
Blame featuring Chris Messina & Tate Donovan directed by Quinn Shephard

2008: LFTM Productions, Director/Editor
Love from the Machine featuring Alex Raben and Chris Ivan Cevic

1999: Starz Encore Entertainment, Production Assistant
Judy Berlin featuring Edie Falco directed by Eric Mendelsohn

1997: View Askew Productions, Production Assistant
Chasing Amy featuring Ben Affleck directed by Kevin Smith

1995: Vanguard International, Production Assistant
The Animal Room featuring Neil Patrick Harris directed by Craig Singer

 

Short Film Work

2015: Cinematographer, TAT directed by Craig Singer

2013: Steadicam Operator, The Exploration of Cole as Led by the Prepubescent Sandy directed by Jim Mauro

2013: Cinematographer, Judgement featuring Mark O’Neal and Vasilea Terzaki directed by Jake Cohn

2013: Producer, Kristy featuring Evelyn Giovine directed by Tom Kircher

2012: Producer, Wraith directed by Tom Kircher

2012: Producer, Pay Up directed by Jack Chinery

2011: Producer, The Dead Rose featuring Julia Barnett & Audrey-Kate Geiger directed by Tom Kircher

2011: Producer, Sightings directed by Tom Kircher

2011: Director/Editor, Dream Camp: Air, Land & Sea

2010: Associate Producer, Unexpected Twists directed by Jim Mauro

2010: Executive Producer, Loss directed by Jake Cohn

2010: Executive Producer, It’s Not All Black and White directed by Liz Zubritsky

2010: Production Supervisor, Night Shift featuring Curt Carlson directed by Rob Chinery

2005: Co-Producer/Camera/Editor, Locals Only: A Look at Surfing Localism featuring Holly Beck & Sam August directed by Lorraine Aromando

Short Series Work

2014: Director, Dream Camp: California featuring James Cameron, Drew Carrey, Erin Gruwell & Steve “Woz” Wozniak