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High school students can explore high-tech media careers in LTU 'Media Mash-Up'

Release Date: October 17, 2018
Media Mash-Up

Students get a chance to review the latest in media technology at the Media Mash-Up
LTU file photo.

High school students can use the latest media technology and learn from high-level media professionals in the next “Media Mash-Up” Saturday, Nov. 17 at Lawrence Technological University.

The “Media Mash-Up” will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various locations around LTU’s Southfield campus.

The event consists of four workshops:

  • Game Art. Participants use Adobe Animate software and learn how computer games are developed, creating and animating 2D characters. The course is taught by Marshall “Mars” Ashton, director of LTU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art program.
  • Digital Graphics. Participants use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software to edit images, create illustrations, create animations, and apply them in social media and video. The instructor is Paula Anderanin, a digital graphics professional.
  • TV Production. This workshop will have participants produce a talk show with Randy Henry, producer-director of the morning news at WDIV Channel 4 in Detroit, and Tati Amare, host of WDIV’s morning interview show, Live in the D. Participants will become part of a tech crew and learn how to prepare, host, and tape a talk show in LTU’s three-camera broadcast studio.
  • Movie Magic. Participants will use Adobe After Effects software to create the digital video effects they see in movies. Students create a science fiction scene with CG, visual effects, and video footage. The instructor is digital video artist Adam Nelson, who has worked on films, music videos, and commercials.

The event is free for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors – but registration is limited to 80 students. To register or for more information, visit www.ltu.edu/mediamashup or call (248) 204-3160.

Media Mash-Up was founded in 2012 by Jody Gaber, director of the Media Communication program in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication at Lawrence Tech. Gaber joined LTU in 2011 with more than 20 years of experience, having worked in Los Angeles at feature film and animation studios, including Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, and Walt Disney Animation.

Gaber said Media Mash-Up “turns on the light for students. It helps them understand before they go to college what things excite them, and what direction they might want to pursue. College is expensive, and you don’t want to go to college for two years and then figure out you want to do something else and change majors.” In Media Mash-Up, Gaber said, high school students “learn about the software, they learn about what kind of careers they can have with these skills. And they can start networking with media professionals who can give them advice. It’s not just a lecture. It’s hands-on experience. And their interaction with media professionals gives them a better understanding of what the media industry is all about.”

Gaber recalls one Media Mash-Up participant asking, “’You mean I can make a living doing this?’ I said, ‘Yeah, you can love what you do for a living.’ That’s pretty cool.”


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