BTV presents Tech Talk with Dan & Luke

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Have you always wanted to make a film, but lacked the technical skills or experience to do so?  Would you like to learn the basics of how to use a DSLR camera, sound record, or how to edit on Final Cut Pro?  Well, here’s your chance!

BTV presents Tech Talk with Dan & Luke

A forum hosted by BTV’s very own Tech Directors, Dan Fethke ‘15 and Luke Perez ‘15. The duo will guide you through the amazing and crazy process that is making a short film here at Brown, as well as provide you with the resources and knowledge you will need to make a successful short film.

The first session will be held on

  • Date: Monday, February 15th, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Location: MCM Building 135 Thayer Street  (If there are problems getting in, please call Dan at 845-239-2504)

Session Overview: In our first session, we will be going through the basics of short film storytelling do’s and don’ts, the organization and management of student film crews, topics regarding storyboards and shot-lists, basic technical lessons regarding lighting, sound, and cameras, as well as general conversation and answers to any questions you may have.

*Please sign up by emailing at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee a spot in the class.  Walk-ins are welcome too, but signing up in advance will help us better prepare what equipment we can provide you with prior to the class.

Ongoing sessions to be held during term time will also cover the following:

  • Editing and Post-Production
  • Storyboarding and Shot Lists
  • Composing/Music for Film
  • Sound Design
  • Production Design

Tech Talks will usually be held twice a month, usually on a Monday evening.  So please stay tuned for more details through our BTV website or FB/Twitter feeds!

Notes From the General Assembly Meeting by Alexis

Here is the information from the General Assembly Meeting that was held at 9pm on November 7th.

– Contact your editor
– As a Director talk to him/her about what kind of sound you’re looking for
– Transcode footage into Apple Pro Res 422, Use either Compressor or MPEG Streamclip
– Other forms of music =
– Contant feedback and multiple eyes are super important!
– Make a poster if your haven’t yet!  Send it to Aly at
Keep updating Facebook! OR if you have pictures send them to and we’ll put them on the website!
– Also Producers, make sure you compile a list of everyone who’s working on the projects for credits
The Premiere
– December 10th, 8pm at Martinos Auditorium in The Granoff
– All films will be shown on a laptop computer
– There will be a test screening at the Granoff a week beforehand, exact time TBD
– The final film must be handed over to an Eboard Rep by midnight on Sunday Dec 9th
Interested in being a new staff member?
We have an application up online already at:
Check it out for open positions and different options to join!

Again, everyone, thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and feedback.  
If you have any further questions feel free to email

Fall Short Films Finish first month of Shooting

The BTV Fall 2012 Short Films have completed their first month of shooting. Our short films, Officer Toad Frog, Miasma, Rearview, and Jack are out shooting in and around Providence. Check out a Photo Gallery of Posters, Behind the Scenes, and on Set photos below:

Alums New Online Show “Business Time”

Check out this new project “Business Time” made by BTV alums Adam Pliskin and Lance Jabr.

“Fitz is desperate for money. Brooks is desperate for girls. Fitz is great with girls. Brooks has lots of money. Business Time is a 4 part, short web series that centers on a young, unemployed man named Fitz and his incredibly wealthy, incredibly naïve best friend, Brooks. Recently cut off from his parents, Fitz is on the verge of being evicted by his maniacal Landlord. Living in a lavish Upper East Side apartment by himself, Brooks is the heir to a robust rodent extermination empire. So, Brooks makes his friend an offer—if Fitz helps him with the ladies, Brooks will pay his rent. And so, their journey begins…” –

IFF 48 hour Film Competition 2012

Check out the Ivy Film Festival 48 Hour Film Competition!
Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th

The clock starts on Friday night at 8:00. After that, it is up to your team of filmmakers to write, shoot, and edit a movie before 8:00 on Sunday!

The time constraint of 48 hours invigorates the filmmaking process, challenging students to put their visions into action. The result is a whirlwind weekend of filmmaking and the satisfaction of a finished product at the end. Our goal is to promote creativity and filmmaking, and to light the spark under hopeful filmmakers across the country.

Here’s how it works:

Register your team (up to 10 undergraduate students from any school) by emailing before November 8th with your group name, leader, members, and school.

At exactly 8:00pm on November 9th, prompts will go out via email. Filmmakers will be asked to include these prompts in their film: a specific line of dialogue, prop, character, action, and setting.

All material must be original (no stock footage filmed outside the 48 hours allowed!) and submitted online (a link to YouTube will be fine).


Official Rules:

To be eligible to participate in the 48-Hour Film Competition, the filmmaker or team must adhere to the following rules:

1. The Film submitted to the Contest shall be created in whole within the 48-hour time slot allotted. Works that are submitted after the deadline shall not be considered in the judging or audience voting. All creative processes must be done within this time period, including scripting, shooting, costuming, set design, editing, rehearsing, sound design, etc. The only work that is allowed to have taken place is the organization of cast/crew, and securing equipment and shooting locations.

2. All footage used in the film must be created within the 48-hour time slot. No stock footage or previously shot footage allowed. Animation is allowed, as long as it was created within the 48-hour time slot.

3. All music used in the soundtrack of the film, must be original music created and recorded within the 48-hour time slot. Pre-recorded music is allowed as long as you have the rights to this music. Sound effects must be created and recorded during the allotted 48-hours unless you own the rights to pre-recorded sound effects.

4. The film must be at least 5 minutes and no more than 7 minutes in length (excluding the credits, which may be an additional 30 seconds).

5. Teams must have no more than 10 members.

6. THE DIRECTOR MUST CURRENTLY BE ATTENDING AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. The submission must be emailed from the director’s school e-mail address. The competition is limited to undergraduates.

7. Film submissions must include at least one prompt from each prompt category provided and should be appropriate material.

8. The competition will begin on November 9th at 8:00pm, when prompts will be sent to all teams. Everything must be submitted digitally online by 8:00pm on Sunday, November 11th at 8:00pm.

Fall Short films Underway

BTV’s fall 2012 short films Miasma, Jack, Officer Toadfrog, and Rearview, are underway. The production crews have been hard at work siting and rehearsing. Both Jack and Rearview are shooting this weekend.

Pitch Perfect Screening Friday September 21st

Join BTV in partnership with NBC/Universal for an exclusive pre-screening of their new film, PITCH PERFECT, before it comes out in theaters!

This Friday September 21st
The Granoff Center, Martino Auditorium
www.pitchperfectmovie.comGenre: Comedy

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow with John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks
Directed by: Jason Moore
Screenplay by: Kay Cannon
Based on the Book by: Mickey Rapkin
Produced by: Paul Brooks, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman
Executive Producer: Scott Niemeyer
Opening Date: October 5

Nothing Productive 5 Episode Series and Finale Premiere

 This Saturday at 8 pm, join the cast and crew of Nothing Productive in Kassar Fox for the premiere of the season’s fifth and final episode. The screening will feature the complete five-episode series, including the season finale “Against All Odds.”
Nothing Productive is a new comedy web series that follows the antics of the most chaos-prone student group ever, during a handful of weekly meetings that prove to be anything but orderly. Over the course of five episodes, our eight lunatic heroes strive to achieve something (anything!) other than burnt notepaper and smashed cupcakes… Will they succeed? It all comes down to the final episode.
The event will be followed by a wrap party at King House (154 Hope St.), sponsored by St. Anthony Hall. 
Find out more about the event at: