Brian playing his saxophone

Hello! My name is Brian Felsenthal. I am a Freshman majoring in Television and Radio at Ithaca College. I hail from the coastal town of Marblehead Massachusetts, a small colonial fishing village about 25 minutes north of Boston. I'm an avid sailor, but during the off season I enjoy snowboarding with my family. My hobbies include playing the guitar, singing, playing the saxophone, skateboarding, and curling up and reading a good book.

  My interest in television was sparked when I was a small child. My mom would often bring me in to her work at Channel 7 in Boston, where an editor working the switcher would have me push buttons. My passion for television has been guiding me relentlessly from those moments on. 

To continue to pursue my interest in television, I enrolled in a Studio Production class at my high school, where, in a full studio environment, I took part in filming, directing, producing, and starring in many in house projects. As a class we used modern television technology to create productions that mimicked sports productions, public service announcements, and more. As a participant, I wrote all my own productions. As a director, I made other people’s visions and storyboards come to life. It was my responsibility in the class to perform such actions as camera movement and shot setup, use the switcher, and work the sound board. I worked for the local access cable television channel a few times per quarter. This was a requirement for the class. There, I applied classroom learning to hands-on experience, especially in the case of live segments. For my High School Senior Project I worked at WFNX, a local alternative station, where I worked on the morning show, 6-10 am, monday through friday. This experience was my first true internship, and thrust me into the reality of the industry, making me do things outside the safety of a classroom.

Sometimes in life one has chance encounters that lead to new discoveries and opportunities. I came upon a television studio and discovered a passion. Here at Ithaca College, I've received the opportunities to fulfill my dreams, starting at the smallest project. Over my years here, I aim to create to the very best of my ability, to push the limits of my own imagination, and to make the best product possible, whatever it may be. My experiences as a Park student will be supplemented by my continuing fluency in French, and other skill I will learn over the years. Going to LA or abroad to England and having internships will only supplement my education, and I plan on doing all the work I possibly can over my four years here.