Meltdown is the second production of the Knight Center’s television program, Environment. Students from a variety of disciplines taking the Environmental Video Production (JRN 808/JRN 408) course, taught by Lou D’Aria, worked on bringing Meltdown together in conjunction with theatre major Allison Lepech, who narrated the piece, broadcast major Jamal Spencer, Environment’s host, and music doctoral student Kevin Wilt, who composed the musical score with the MSU symphony.
This site features much of the behind-the-camera media, including unaired interviews, production stills, and the WKAR-PBS aired promo.
To find out how you can be involved in future Environment programming, contact Lou D’Aria at email@example.com.
Photo by Natalie Lucier.
Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival
“Meltdown” won first place in the college feature division.
The musical score for “Meltdown” is a composition of MSU graduate student Kevin Wilt. Wilt, who also arranged the regional emmy-nominated score for “Dying to be Heard,” enlisted the help of Professor Raphael Jimenez to conduct the school’s philharmonic orchestra.
The entire 20-track score was recorded by the 30+ piece orchestra in one session on a read-through (without practice) and digitized and tweaked by Wilt on his homemade orchestral workstation.
For more information on how to order a DVD copy of Dying to be Heard, contact the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University.
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
382 Communication Arts and Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212