Author Archives: Nicole Dion

You’re Invited To Our Open House: 6/4/16

Come tour our facility, meet our staff, and learn about our great programs.

Madison Media Institute offers a variety of programs including Digital Art & Design, Electronic & A/V Systems, Entertainment & Media Business, Game & Art Animation, Recording & Music Technology, Video & Motion Graphics, Independent Digital Film, and Mobile Application Development. [More…]

Marketing & Event Management Class Helps Vets

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I’m Matt Eidson, Instructor, Entertainment & Media Business, at Madison Media Institute.  One of the classes I teach is Marketing & Event Management.  In this class, we have students put into action what they learn.  Here is just one example.

Marketing To Support Local Veterans

After one week of coming up with ideas for our class assignment, the students decided on supporting a local veteran’s group called DryHootch. Their motto is: “Helping veterans and their families who survived the war; survive the peace.” When Melinda (who runs DryHootch Madison) and one of the members spoke to our class, it just resonated with everyone.  Since Don Runaas is a 5-6 tour Afghanistan/Iraq veteran and a student at MMI, his story about how DryHootch helps many area vets, including himself, help solidify our decision. [More…]

Discover Media Institute Student Culture with Live Stream on Facebook


What do our students love about Media Institute? Ask a handful of our students and I’m willing to bet that a large majority of them will make some reference to our community. We are big on Community here at the Media Institute. It’s a huge part of our student culture. It starts in our classrooms and permeates outward and now we’re excited to be able to share that community with you! We’re bringing live streaming to our Facebook page each week so be sure to head on over to Facebook and Like us so you don’t miss out! We will have Live Streaming from our classrooms and other events around campus so you can see what life is really like for our Media Institute students. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see what we will be live streaming each week and come take a peak into our classrooms. We’re looking forward to having you be a part of our community!

Talk to us if you want information on how to pursue a career in Digital Media. Media Institute offers diploma and degree programs in Digital Media including Recording, Web Development and Animation:

MMI Game Department: Create Your Own Superhero


If you’d like to put your creative side to work in a high-tech field, animation may be a good choice for you. Combining animation and motion capture skills, you could give virtual characters life-like qualities that are sought after in the entertainment, education and marketing industries.  The MMI game department can teach you how to create and animate your comic book hero or villain in our 3D Modeling for Gaming or Animation & Motion Capture programs.

MMI has game instructors that have been in the game industry for years and have the skills to teach you what you need to know. Jeff Butler is our drawing and concept artist instructor, Justin Weingarter is our instructor for digital sculpting and Bobby Duncanson is the animation and motion capture instructor. With the skills you will learn at MMI you can create your super hero or super villain (MUHAHAHAHAHAHA) today!  Here is a quick sample we created for a contest we ran at MMI.

-You’ll have a lot of fun-

Read more about our Animation and Motion Capture program

Mound Westonka High School at the MMI Recording Studio


Students from Mound Westonka High School came to Minneapolis Media Institute Open House Saturday April  9th, 2016.  The ensemble choir group (Sarah Brammer, Joseph Colianni, Shelby Cooper and Nick Drilling) stopped by to record the song, “Calling My Children Home”, arranged by Joseph H Jennings.

Recording and Sound Technician



Williamson Magnetic Recording Company


On Friday, March 25, we had a great time hanging out at Williamson Magnetic Recording Company – Madison’s new all-analog studio.

It’s a great space – located in a 110-year-old building with its original wood floor, plaster walls and woodwork.  The vibe is exactly what you’d want for an analog studio – warm and comfortable. Perhaps less expected is that it takes up the ground floor of a bakery. No matter, though: if it sounds good – and it does – it is good. [More…]

Full Stack Developer


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Last time we discussed a Front-end or Web Designer and how their knowledge of graphics and obsession of pixel level details helps create the look and feel of an app or website. I also continued with that house analogy of comparing back-end development (blueprint design) to front-end development (interior designers) to Front-end Designers (aesthetic placement and textiles). If you want to go back and see what I read in more detail, you can do so here. [More…]

Alumni Spotlight – Andrew Danielson


Andrew Danielson currently resides in Minneapolis Minnesota but is originally from Victoria, MN. He’s an avid fan of bluegrass, blues as well as other various genres of music.

Andrew is currently employed as an Audio/ Visual Technician for the Colonial Church of Edina and is a skilled freelance audio engineer that has aspirations to work in Film as well as TV Post Production. He is not only a very driven and focused young man but enjoys playing the banjo and cooking in his spare time. Andrew has been known to make an outstanding Chicken Parmesan but his real passion comes to the surface with his love for microphones and analogue outboard gear.

Madison Area Music Association Breakthrough Artist 2016

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On Saturday, March 19th, I was a judge for the Madison Area Music Association Breakthrough Artist of the Year competition. It was a great event and a great experience. I’d like to give a brief overview of the event and then offer a few takeaway impressions and bits of advice.

Madison Area Music Association Competition

The event was held at Full Compass Systems, in their large and very well equipped performance hall. It bears mentioning that the space was designed and built by Full Compass specifically to provide a free venue for local non-profit groups like MAMA, which in turn uses all proceeds to provide music education and instruments to local schoolchildren. It’s a good cause. And it was fun to browse around Full Compass’s retail store before the show – Jonathan Lipp has a very cool collection of microphones and vintage gear on display. It also warmed my heart a bit to see a pristine Studer A800 tape machine in one of the studio rooms – a legendary piece of recording equipment, to be sure.


Front-end or Web Design

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Last Time

“Wait a minute. Your last blog was about Front-end Development. Now you’re talking about Front-end Web Design. They’re the same, right?” Honestly, the correct answer is a confusing “maybe.” Last time I laid out the skill set and importance of the Front-end Developer and how they fit into the creation of an app or website. I also continued with the lovely house analogy of how to compare back-end development to front-end: back-end people design the blueprint while front-end people are the interior designers. If you want to go back and see what I wrote in more detail, you can do so here. [More…]