FDUFilm lights up the presidential election

landauelection1Above: An FDUFilm team lit the TV news studio Sky News had overlooking NYC's Times Square for reporting on the 2016 presidential election. (Photos by David Landau)


By Dan Landau 

(Editor's Note: No relation between the author and David Landau.)


While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were battling it out on Election Day, film professor David Landau made sure the news broadcasts were lit right. Working for England’s Sky News, Landau and a team of students and alumni in the FDU film program, transformed a restaurant overlooking Times Square into a TV news studio.

landauelection2For four days, the FDU team worked Sky News’ live 24-hour coverage from the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel’s third floor restaurant. Its floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Times Square, giving a dramatic backdrop to the news broadcasts.

landauelection3Landau served as lighting director with help from Connor Stalvey, BA’12, as key grip; Andrew Rivara, BA’08, as gaffer; and senior Talia Hedenmouth as relief light board operator. Eric Schroeter, BA’11, also assisted.