Florida Focus - Instructors

R.L. Terry

Graduate Assistant

Ryan (R.L.) Terry is a graduate student pursuing his M.A. in Media Studies at the University of South Florida (Tampa) and is an undergraduate with a B.Sc. in Film Studies from Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL). Presently, he’s also working on a number of other short and feature length films. Ryan believes strongly in the concept of story-telling; and, film is a powerful medium through which to convey the human condition. Most recently, he produced a documentary for the Fine Arts Department in Polk County Schools and a film dealing with social acceptance and sexuality in an elementary school setting. Throughout the years, he has been nominated and awarded for his work in this ever-changing field. His passion and dedication to the visual and performing arts is evidenced by his involvement on the community, academic, and professional levels. Visit his IMDb page http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3975211/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.

Steve Mutimer

Broadcast Engineer

Steve Mutimer is a broadcast engineer and media lab manager for the USF Schoolof Mass Communications supervising all media lab personnel and video content produced by USF Mass Communications students. Mutimer designed and built the digital control room where the School’s most competitive “by invitation only” student newscast “Florida Focus” originates.

Mutimer provides senior undergraduate and graduate multimedia journalism students individual video work critiques and serves as the final quality control prior to student video reports are aired on WUSF-TV or published on WUSF’s website.

After graduating from USF in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Marketing, Mutimer started his professional career in cable. He directed both live and taped sports and entertainment programs throughout the 1980s and 1990s in Florida. During his career he’s also worked for small independent production companies as production manager overseeing all shots including freelance and regular staff.

Mutimer also worked at WEDU, the primary PBS affiliate in Tampa. There he edited a gardening show called “At Garden’s Gate,” which was distributed internationally. The show was shot on location and based out of Cypress Gardens. Mutimer also worked on a 5-year-long grant funded documentary program “Inventing Florida” editing the 90-minute documentary which still airs nationwide on various PBS affiliates.

After WEDU, Mutimer worked for Video Art Productions in Palm Harbor shooting and editing 30-minute programs covering sports. The shows focused on Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays and were produced for Fox Sports and the Sunshine Network. He’s also freelanced for the Education Channel shooting and editing special programs featuring local artists called “Art off the Wall.”

Mutimer also serves as a judge for the Independents’ Film Festival in Tampa critiquing domestic and international entries in independent film, animation and documentary categories.


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