Students shoot for top place in NESN video competition

By Michael Bueno & Shannon Hart – Opinion Editor & 1851 Staff

Lasell sophomore Allie Clancy and alumnus Greg Camillone qualified for season three of New England Sports Network’s (NESN) Next Producer video competition earlier this month. The competition allows college students the opportunity to film and submit short films related to sports and awards the top filmmaker a job opportunity with NESN and a $20,000 prize.

The competition started out with 26 contestants in colleges and universities all over New England, and Clancy and Camillone made it to the top 12. “It’s definitely a very rewarding feeling because Lasell’s a small school and to compete against bigger schools; it’s easy to make the excuse that other schools have better or more equipment, or actual classes that are geared towards this,” Camillone said in a telephone interview. “It just goes to show that the quality of education at Lasell is able to give us despite having that small school reputation.”

“Working in sports was something I’ve always wanted to do, and I started to develop a passion for filmmaking and producing content, so this would be a great opportunity,” said Camillone.

Clancy is a communication major with a concentration in entertainment media and has aspirations of working in Hollywood. “In my sophomore year in high school, I took my very first media class and it turned out I was pretty good at it. I won a few awards throughout high school and that’s when I decided what I wanted to do with my career,” she said.

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Sophomore Allie Clancy’s video “Doug Santos” spotlights the Assumption College football player’s experience trying to go to college while being an illegal immigrant. Photo courtesy of Allie Clancy

Clancy had to overcome several technical difficulties throughout the three-month production process. “My goal was to make it as best as I could, I wanted everything to be perfect, so when I wasn’t satisfied with something I would try again,” said Clancy. “I’ve learned that once you put the work into something, it can pay off. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my filmmaking strategies. I’m getting real world experience and it’s really cool to talk to Hollywood judges, I’m just loving every minute of this experience.”

Camillone interned at NewTV where his supervisor allowed him to produce his own documentary, which at the time he said that it was his first time producing anything. “I ended up doing it on the mental health of athletes… I thought back to that experience and how much I loved it,” Camillone said.

Alumnus Greg Camillone’s video “Get Your Head in the Game” focuses on senior Brianna Hoffman’s experience with concussions. Photo Courtesy of Greg Camillone

Clancy idolizes ‘Shameless’ star and producer Emmy Rossum. “I admire women that succeed in the industry because it is kind of hard to do,” said Clancy. “I know I’m drawn to stories that have a big impact. I like the idea that something I produce could have an impact on someone.”

The films are to be judged by Hollywood producers Tom Werner and Brad Falchuk. Werner is known for producing “The Cosby Show” and “That 70’s Show,” and Falchuk has produced shows such as “Glee” and “American Horror Story.”

Clancy’s episode airs Feb. 24, and Camillone’s airs March 10 on NESN. Voting is open for anyone at

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