Student Symposium

The Student Symposium is designed to give students valuable insights and knowledge into the world of television production.


The Eastern Video Expo is proud to offer a unique outreach program to New Jersey high school and vocational school students.  In partnership with the Jersey Access Group, this symposium  gives students who are interested in television production, an opportunity to participate in a *free* day-long program to explore this amazing field.

This exceptional symposium allows both students and teachers to learn, network, and exchange ideas with the other attendees.  Students will even have the opportunity to acquire insider information on the potential employment pathways into the broadcast and community access television industry.

While visiting the expo’s impressive trade show floor, students and educators will have the opportunity to meet with our expert vendors, who will be showcasing their very latest in media technology.  Everyone will be able to ask questions, learn about, explore, and operate some of the newest production equipment.  Being able to see and use this video equipment will increase the students’ exposure to this field and build their awareness of the intricacies of producing programming.

Student Projects and Showcases

Students can bring along their video equipment to record the event. They will be able to conduct reports and create classroom based assignments throughout the day.

Students will also have the opportunity to present videos that they have created to other students, as well as our guest speaker, for critiquing.


TV/Film/ Original Content — The Future of Moving Image Storytelling
Guest Speaker: David Landau

Dave LandauA look at the shape of things to come within the growing field of original content production and delivery. From TV and feature films to streaming episodic shows, media production in the tri-state area has exploded and is bursting at the seams. This session will take a quick look at the wide variety of content production that offers jobs and careers and better understanding for those interested in pursuing them.

Presenter David Landau, five time Telly Award winning cinematographer and IATSE Local 52 gaffer (chief lighting technician on Lifetimes Emmy Award winning show Project Runway) , is a professor at the Fairleigh Dickinson university Film program, author of “Lighting for Cinematography” from Bloomsbury Press and “Film Noir production” from Routledge/Focal press as well as a regular contributor to Student film makers magazine and HD Pro Guide Magazine., Director of Photography, cinematography teacher and author David Landau has over thirty years of professional lighting experience working on feature films, TV shows, sit-coms, game shows, commercials, documentaries, industrial films, music videos and direct-to-consumer DVDs. Landau teaches lighting and cinematography at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, where he also created the Cinematography track of study, but continues to work in the lighting industry, shooting low budget features and corporate videos, designing lights for theatre and working as one of the gaffers on the TV series Project Runway.

Mr. Landau believes we can’t shoot good pictures without good lighting, no matter how good the newest cameras are. Shooting under available light gives exposure, but lacks depth, contrast, contour, atmosphere and often separation. The story could be the greatest in the world, but if the lighting is poor viewers will assume it’s amateurish and not take it seriously. Feature films and TV shows, commercials and industrial videos, reality TV and documentaries, even event and wedding videos tell stories. Good lighting can make them look real, while real lighting often makes them look fake.

Lighting for Cinematography, the first volume in the new CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts series, is the indispensable guide for film and video lighting. Written by veteran gaffer and cinematographer David Landau, the book helps the reader create lighting that supports the emotional moment of the scene, contributes to the atmosphere of the story and augments an artistic style. Structured to mimic a 14 week semester, the chapters cover such things as lighting for movement, working with windows, night lighting, lighting the three plains of action and non-fiction lighting. Every chapter includes stills, lighting diagrams and key advice from professionals in the field, as well as lighting exercises to help the reader put into practice what was covered.

Breakout Sessions

Creative Camera Work

There is a difference between simply recording something and creating something artistic. Great camera work is more than point and shoot. It is understanding the emotional moment of the scene and then creating imagery that supports and helps communicate it. Award Winning cinematographer We will give a workshop on how to use camera framing as a storytelling device.

Instructor: David Landau, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Film Program

Sound Advice

Getting good clean sound is as important as getting a good image. Too often sound is considered an afterthought. While video is moving images, if the viewer can’t hear very well they also usually can’t understand very well. This workshop will review some very basic methods of getting good clean sound that is needed.

Instructor: Vincent Guagenti, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Film Program

How to Get into Sports Television

Have you ever wanted to be one of those cameramen who get all those great shots at a sporting event or work in the truck producing a game that will be seen by millions of people around the country. Jerry Passaro, Senior Vice President of Production and Distribution at MSG Network will share with you how he became a senior executive at the largest regional sports network in the country and how you might prepare for a career in sports television.

Instructor: Jerry Passaro, Senior Vice President of Network & Technical Operations, MSG Network

Editing: From Pitch to Screen

This workshop details from start to finish how to successfully pitch, plan, shoot, produce and edit a television feature story for air. He will go over what to look for when pitching a story and a list of tips when you’re out in the field. Josh will bring examples of his work and ask the students to pitch and show their own TV feature. The goal of the workshop is to show what it takes to put a television feature to air.

Instructor: Josh Vorensky, Associate Producer, ESPN