April 01, 2018 by Chuck Baker
“Through my internship at Digital Multimedia Solutions, I learned how much the control room in general fits my personality because I am really organized and very particular about things, which would be reflective of the script. But I’m also very easygoing so I like the live production.” - Jillian Offerman, ‘20, Bentley University student.
A Media and Culture major, Jillian Offermann is leading a team of Bentley students who will operate the Bentley Arena in-house media control room along with a small crew of production professionals. Thanks to her experience from the internship at Digital Multimedia Solutions (DMS)–operating headsets and video cameras and manipulating graphics at university arenas–Offermann has been a key player in planning for the new Bentley arena. She worked with Arena Manager Bo Stewart and Michael Goldberg, Bentley lecturer in Information Design and Corporate Communication, to brainstorm graphics and produce an opening-day video related to the arena’s brand.
She has also been a key player in building and training the student team, and will serve in a technical director role: directing camera angles and shots, slow motion replays, and the Jumbotron.
“There’s so much thrill involved in never knowing what’s going to happen, especially with something like hockey or basketball where it’s so fast,” she says. “But there’s also preparation beforehand, like video, music, advertising, and even scrolling birthday messages. It’s half scripted, half go with the flow.”
Founded by Bentley alumnus John Mitchell ’89, DMS installs Newtek TriCaster HD Control Rooms at universities, high schools, local access stations, radio stations, television stations, major and minor league sports teams and corporate clientele. These include TriCaster HD and UHD multi-camera integrated live production systems, 3Play HD multi-camera integrated live sports production systems with multi-channel synchronized instant replay and slow motion, and other equipment. During the internship, Offermann worked with Mitchell at arenas and stadiums like the one at UMass Amherst. In addition to the technical skills she gained, she also learned a lot about leadership, communication and about herself in general. “I never really wanted to work in sports and now I can’t get over how exciting it is.”
A trip to TD Garden with Mitchell, who is director of audio/video there, was eye-opening for Offermann. “I got to watch a Boston Celtics basketball game from the control room, and it hit me that I was doing really cool stuff. A lot of doors were opening for me and I could imagine myself doing something like this as a career.”
Read the complete story at Bentley University Newsroom: Taking Control: Jillian Offermann ‘20 Finds Direction in the Bentley Arena