Hawk Studios, the student-run video production club at SUNY New Paltz, worked on many new projects during the Spring 2022 semester. Among them are “What the Hawk?!”, “Going Live” and “The Grass is Always Greener”.
The production of the club takes place in three phases: development, production and marketing. Each has a different role in ensuring the success of the studio. Development involves the pre-production and planning aspect of production. Production is the actual creation, filming and production of these projects. Marketing comes with the distribution and dissemination of these projects.
President and Production Manager of Hawk Studios, Olivia Meynadasy spoke about the various projects the studio has worked on saying, “All semester there has been a lot of trial and error so that our club members engage in a central project.
“What the falcon?!” is a bi-weekly “late night style” show that airs on Youtube Fridays. “It’s been quite experimental,” Meynadasy said. “There is a general format for the show. There is always a guest, there is a host, there are segments and some kind of activity, but all of those things change.
The show’s pilot episode was released on February 26, 2022, and there are currently five episodes of “What the Hawk?!” right now with more to come in the future. The duration of the episodes varies from 20 to 30 minutes.
“Going Live” is another project that Hawk Studios is working on. This is a series that features local artists and bands through live recorded performances, which Meynadasy says is similar to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series.
The first episode covers Brittanie, she performed two of her own songs, ‘Feel Good’ and ‘Hopelessly’ as well as a cover of Aeris Roves’ ‘Delilah’. The pilot for “Going Live” was released in March and the next episode is expected to be released very soon according to Meynadasy.
The studio is also working with WFNP Radio to record some of the current radio shows. Hawk Studios is currently recording broadcasts of “Culture Report” and “Everything About Bands”.
“We provide a setup of a few cameras and lights and then we’ll usually go live,” Meynadasy said. “We haven’t uploaded any of the stuff we’ve recorded yet, but those will be available soon and will most likely continue into next semester.”
Recordings of radio broadcasts serve as an additional aspect to the already existing broadcast broadcast. This recording will serve as an archive and an outlet for both the radio host and Hawk Studios to create media in collaboration with each other.
“The objective is to have a permanent installation in [the WFNP studio] with cameras and lights,” Meynadasy said. “Make it a routine thing so other shows will benefit from it.”
Hawk Studios will also premiere its new project “The Grass is Always Greener,” a dark comedy series, on Thursday, April 28 at the 100 Conference Center at 7 p.m.
The studio is not only open to digital media and journalism majors, anyone interested in any of the aspects Hawk Studios has to offer is encouraged to reach out and join.
Hawk Studios can be reached on Instagram @nphawkstudios and their website, which is hawkstudios.newpaltz.edu