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Media Education Center

Movie Madness Returns for 2014

2011 Billy Award

2011 Billy Award

The MEC and OIT are pleased to announce the kick-off of our 2014 short film competition with a special listing of video and animation tutorials available to the entire campus through Lynda.com.
Never even touched a camera before? No problem! The tutorials listed below have been selected to cover the concepts & mechanics you will need to create amazing results. Tap into your creativity now! Win yourself a gleaming gold & purple “Billy” trophy as well as a new mini-iPad!

Never used Lynda.com before? Click here to create a free Lynda.com user account.  Then just click on the links below to starting learning!

Foundations of Video: Camera & Shooting

Foundations of Animation

Premiere Pro Creative Cloud Essential Training

Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training

Up and Running with Flash Professional, Creative Cloud

iDVD  Essential Training

The competition itself is open for submissions now and will accept entries through Wednesday, February 5.

The categories for the competition this year are:

  • Video: live camera or stop action (live) footage only (no animation!); 5 minutes or less; any topic.
  • Animation: hand drawn or computer generated animation only (no live footage!); 5 minutes or less; any topic.
  • Course work: Video, animation or mixed; must have been submitted in a course for credit.  Less then 7 minutes; any topic.
  • Best in Show: Judge’s choice of best video overall from all three categories.

The prize for each category this year is a mini-iPad! (or equivalent value media device, winner’s choice).

Need some inspiration? Check out last year’s entries here.

The MEC has support for:

  • flatbed & slide scanning
  • poster & color printing
  • audio & video production
  • animation production
  • digital sending
  • copy-stand work
  • video conferencing

and more. It’s the primary destination for individual or small group training and support.

To find out more about media production facilities at Williams, check out Studios and Equipment. Need help on something? Come to our locations during staffed support hours or go to DIY Docs.


Location and Hours

The Media Education Center, Jesup 316, is physically located on the third floor of Jesup hall. It is open on weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM. Staffed “Drop-in” support hours are currently 10AM – noon and 2 PM – 5 PM.