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Three Film Alums Nominated for Emmys

l-r: KSC alums Meagan Frappiea, Craig Mellish, and Dave Mast
l-r: KSC alums Meagan Frappiea, Craig Mellish, and Dave Mast

Three Film Studies alums, Craig Mellish, Dave Mast ’96, and Meagan Frappiea ’06 have been nominated for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Emmy Awards in the Sound Editing category for their work on Florentine Film’s The Dust Bowl (2012) and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009).

Mast is the technical director at Florentine, where he is in charge of purchasing, troubleshooting, and decision making in regards to the computer hardware and software the company uses. “When the opportunity arises, I am a sound effects editor,” he said. As a film major at KSC, he received an introduction to sound editing in his Production II and III classes. “Larry Benaquist’s Film Theory classes stimulated my interest for working in the film industry,” he recalled. He began an internship at Florentine in 1997, the year after he graduated, where he worked on Lewis & Clark (1997).

Frappiea started at Florentine as an intern while she was still a film production major at KSC. When she graduated, the company hired her as an apprentice editor and an assistant sound editor to work on The National Parks. “It was six episodes long, so by the time we got a few episodes into sound, I knew enough to take on some more responsibilities and help out with some of the dialog,” she explained. She went on to serve as assistant editor and sound effects editor on The Dust Bowl. Her time at Keene State opened the door for her at Florentine. “It was amazing to have a post house with an internship program only 25 minutes away in New Hampshire. A lot of Keene State students come through the internship program (which I used to co-coordinate with another KSC grad). I learned Avid at college, which is the editing software used at Florentine, so that was a leg up, as well,” she said.

Mellish, a native of North Walpole, came to Florentine in 1996 as an intern on the film Thomas Jefferson,(1997) and has worked on several of their films since. “I had always assumed that I would have to go to New York or L.A. to get a job in film,” he said. “Instead, I was lucky enough to find one just five miles down the road from my hometown.“ He spent over three years as a co-producer on The National Parks, and served as editor and dialogue editor for some of the episodes. He was editor for Episode One of The Dust Bowl, and music and dialogue editor for both episodes.

And by the way, the The Emmy awards will be announced on September 15th.

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