In an effort to connect with the Emerson community more directly, we are taking our articles into the organizations that are so loved by the students at Emerson. These organizations work year-round to benefit the community in a number of different ways, and we at Her Campus at Emerson want to recognize the hard-work and dedication that go into running each and every one of them. In this article, we will be featuring Beat Dynamics—Emeson’s only organization dedicated to music video production. The club was founded in 2014, and their purpose is to, “provide a space for students interested in music videos, and the music video industry to come together and learn. This includes collaborating with musicians, learning how to pitch concepts, learning on-set skills, and production logistics.” They also provide opportunities for independent local artists to have the Beat Dynamics team work on producing, promoting, and conceptualizing their art.
The organization’s executive board is made up of six members:
Miles Benepe, President, VMA, Sophomore
Cassandra Kulish, Treasurer, VMA, First-year
Mikayla Pinto, Marketing Director, VMA, First-year
Fay Ishac, Workshop Coordinator, VMA, Sophomore
David Sabot, Secretary, VMA, Sophomore
Mila Rolston, Co-president next semester (currently studying abroad), VMA Sophomore
The structure of the organization recently changed—they scrapped their regular club meetings in favor of open-to-all-students events. As part of this, Beat Dynamics leads workshops that teach about the production of music videos. They also produce one music video every semester, which can be pitched by anyone, and the winner of the pitch gets to hold open crew calls, so everyone at Emerson has an opportunity to participate on the crew.
So far this semester, they have held their general interest meeting and their pitch workshop—their pitch meeting is still coming up! Anyone who attends this event, this semester or in a future semester, will be able to cast a vote for which pitch they want to accept and produce. The video that they produced last semester will be released during the month of February as well!
Since their current leadership is brand new to their positions, their pitch workshop was the first time they were able to see everything in action. This set the pace for what future semesters and future workshops will look like moving forward. The executive board was able to collaborate closely in order to pull the event together, and it was exciting for all of them to present. President Miles Benepe stated that “[They’re] looking forward to launching workshops this semester to teach music video production skills in addition to producing [their] own original music video. Expanding the learning aspect of [their] org has been a goal of [theirs], and [they] are excited by how this semester is going so far.”
Additionally, Miles explained that Beat Dynamics collects, “music submissions from local Boston-area artists into a library that anyone here at Emerson can access by reaching out to us. We encourage students here to use the library to connect with local musicians so they can pitch concepts to us or even work on independent projects. A big goal of ours is connecting film students and local musicians.” The club is also looking forward to bringing in guest speakers in the future. These guest speakers would be involved in the music video industry and they would come in to help Beat Dynamics run some of their workshops. They really want to build their visibility on campus, which is why these events and workshops are open to anyone who wants to learn and get involved.
If you are looking to get involved, you can get on the email list by sending them an email ([email protected]) or by DMing them on social media (Instagram and/or Facebook). You can also attend their weekly events (typically held on Mondays from 6:00-7:00 PM in Waler 210) or go out for their music video crew calls! If you have any further questions, always feel free to email them!
Finally, ew asked Miles to describe Beat Dynamics in three words, to which he responded: “Dynamic—Not just because it’s in the name, but because we are bettering ourselves as an org, bringing new energy and ideas each semester; Educational—Providing workshops and on set experience so Emerson students can learn how to make a great music video; Collaborative—Working with each other as filmmakers and working with artists to create music videos!