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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New WNCP-TV set was a collaboration

WNCP-TV, the broadcasting arm of UNC Pembroke, has a new studio set, and if you can judge an organization by its teamwork, this project got an “A+.”

On set – Breaking in the new set are from left, NFL great Dwight Clark, Athletic Director Dan Kenney and OU basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

On set – Breaking in the new set are from left, NFL great Dwight Clark, Athletic Director Dan Kenney and OU basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

A joint project of the faculty, staff and students of three departments, the new set was christened by Oklahoma University basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and NFL legend Dwight Clark when they kicked-off the”First and Ten: Campaign for Football.”

“I came up with a crude drawing, and went to Gary Tremblay (technical director for the Givens Performing Arts Center) and asked if he would be interested, or had a student who could help,” said Mike DeCinti, a Mass Communications instructor and WNCP-TV education coordinator.

Tremblay recruited student Thomas Swansey to do the job. A senior theatre arts major, Swansey is a veteran set builder.

“Thomas is a real pro. We were fortunate to have him,” DeCinti said. “I think it looks great, and it was ready for our first show in September.”

“I’ve always enjoyed building things, and I think the set turned out well,” Swansey said. “The main thing is they like it and it works.”

In an interview while doing a contract job on the Nutcracker ballet set, Swansey said he gained considerable hands-on experience in the theatre arts program.

Set builder Thomas Swansey

Set builder Thomas Swansey

“The program here is really growing,” he said. “It has a bright future.”

When it was time to put nails to lumber, Swansey had more than a crude drawing to guide him. He worked from a three-dimensional digital drawing by George Johnson, computer animation instructor for UNCP’s Digital Academy.

“I used Lightwave 3D software to create a virtual set,” Johnson said. “Any set changes to the lighting or other aspects can be seen digitally from any angle.”

Another piece of the puzzle involved some additional advanced technology supplied by the Digital Academy. The design required several dozen very large photographs.

Graphics designer Kyle Coleman, who works out of the Art Department, created large-scale photos for the set using the Digital Academy’s new Hewlett Packard Designjet 800 printer.

“This is an ongoing project, so the photos can be changed for each program,” Coleman said. “I am pretty happy with the results so far. Right now, I’m working on a 6-foot image of the Bell Tower.”

The result is pleasing for DeCinti.

“This project had involvement from a lot of people, and they were all very eager and productive,” he said. “This is a real strong testament to the power of collaboration and our ability at UNCP to pull it off.”

The new set is located in WNCP-TV studios in Old Main. It is host to several talk shows including “Picture of Health” by Southeastern Regional Medical Center, “RCC Today” by Robeson Community College, “Academe Today,” a UNCP program, “Open Mike Night,” a variety talk show with host Mike DeCinti and other special programs of community interest.

WNCP-TV is a laboratory for UNCP broadcasting students, and its programs may be viewed on Time Warner Cable Channel 6 in Robeson County. For more information about broadcasting at UNCP, please call 910.521.5723 or email masscom@uncp.edu.

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