Meet the DP for “One Night in January”

Meet Digital Media alum Jeb Johnson who was the Director of Photography for the film “One Night In January: Counting the Cost of Homelessness,” which is a feature length documentary film that examines the causes of homelessness and its cultural, social, and financial impact on society. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film is available FREE for viewing online. You can read more about Jeb and learn more about the film at One Night In January. “We met Jeb while we were interviewing ETSU students about their awareness of homelessness. When he found out that we were filming a documentary, Continue Reading

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Ryan Brown and Black Music Month

Digital Media Alum Ryan Brown has been featured on the Quaver Ed website to celebrate Black Music Month. Ryan currently is the Supervising Animator at Quaver Ed which has it’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. You can read the full interview about Ryan, his work and his perspective on Black Music Month here on the Overmountain Animation Festival. Since 2005, the Department of ETSU Digital Media host this celebration of animation talent from all over the world. This year, the festival is available in an online streaming event. For more more information on the schedule, see the

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DIGM Alum Illustrates for The Mandalorian

In March of 2020, one of our Digital Media Alumni had an illustration and poster design published on Star Wars’ Instagram for The Mandalorian series during the recent Disney+ debut in the UK. We asked her a few questions.   How did you get this opportunity to work on a poster for The Mandalorian? A little over a year ago I was invited to join an agency called the Poster Posse. They have about 50 or so artists on their roster. One of the main types of projects we do are these digital and social media campaigns where a group Continue Reading

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Senior Showcase Fall 2019

Friends and family celebrated our graduates in the Senior Showcase with some reminiscing words from senior Britannie Cox. As always, the student work is on display. This season, our new 82″ displays show off all those glorious pixels and hard-fought renders.

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DIGM Freshman Uses Video Talent for DB Band

Dobbyns-Bennett Band is on it’s way to the Rose Bowl Parade with a extra bit of support from the talents of one of our DIGM freshmen, Sullivan Perrry. Sullivan’s video is currently in the Power of Hope Contest, that challenges 2020 marching bands to create a short video sharing how hope powers their communities. The contest is only open to those marching bands accepted for participation in the 2020 Rose Parade presented by Honda. SULLIVAN’S VIDEO  

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Still Life Renders

These 3D renders are from the 3D Lighting and Rendering class (DIGM3120). Students are working with textures, materials, and lighting, in addition to putting their previous work in Color Theory, 2D Design, and Principles of Visualization into practice. The emphasis in this project was on materials and lighting rather than modeling. These images are rendered in Maya, Mental Ray and the Arnold renderer. Texturing is done in Photoshop, Mudbox, and Substance Painter.

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Alumni Charlie Colombo Speaks at CBAT@Work

Alumni Charlie Colombo recently spoke at CBAT@Work. He’s a Producer|Aerial DP for Loch & Key Productions in Knoxville.  He began his talk to students and other professional guests by saying, “My (newer) title is Producer | Aerial DP. That scratches the surface of what I’m doing in my current role. Having to wear a lot of different hats in the production world is actually part of what I’ll touch on. In our market especially, being well rounded in multiple aspects of production provides great job opportunities.” Different from a traditional career fair, CBAT@Work facilitates student and employer networking through a conference social environment.  Continue Reading

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Third-Place NSAC Win for ETSU

The 2019 ETSU team won Third-Place at the District 7 level of the National Student Advertising Competition. The competition was held in conjunction with the Spring Conference of the American Advertising Federation, in Mobile, Alabama. The ETSU students competed against other student teams from schools from around the south east such as the University of Alabama, LSU and MTSU. With all districts combined, there were nearly 150 schools working on the same advertising challenge for the client Wienerschnitzel, “The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain.” The ETSU team was comprised of students from the Department of Digital Media and the Department of Media and Communications. Continue Reading

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Historic ETSU Win at NSAC

ETSU students take first place in district AAF NSAC competition A team of East Tennessee State University students took home top honors in the district-level American Advertising Federation (AAF) 2018 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) held in Jackson, Mississippi, and will advance toward the national competition. The NSAC is the premier college advertising competition in the United States, providing more than 2,000 college students the real-world experience of creating a strategic advertising, marketing and media campaign for a corporate client and pitching their work to advertising professionals at the district, semi-final and national levels. This year’s corporate sponsor of the Continue Reading

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EVOXE Wins Award

An interactive digital publication focused on the arts created by students and overseen by faculty at East Tennessee State University brought home the “Student Best of Show” award from the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee.  It also won a regional Addy award which will be presented in April. The publication is called “EVOXE” and was created by students and faculty in ETSU’s mass communication and digital media programs to celebrate the arts at ETSU.  It is currently available as an app for mobile and tablet devices as well as viewable online. Inside “EVOXE” are stories about ETSU’s many programs Continue Reading

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