23 May 2011, 11:01am

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Graduation & Goodbyes


It’s finally come and gone.  Four years of experiences that I can’t seem to describe in a simple blog post. There’s a certain beauty about Ball State University – the students, the faculty, the campus, the environment. I’ve been so very fortunate with all of my endeavors.  I owe my success to the dedicated faculty and staff of this great university. Graduation day was filled with memories, excitement, tears, and hope for the future. It’s a day that seems so far away when you’re a child. My sister graduated from Indiana University School of Law on the same day… what are the chances?


After all is said and done, I can provide some words of wisdom. Work hard, be genuine, and always pursue your dreams. Your success depends on your positive energy. A little kindness goes a long way. Whether it’s holding a door or spending time with someone who’s had a bad day, every action matters. What legacy do you want to leave?

It’s been a pleasure sharing my senior year with you on zach.reallife.bsu.edu. For future updates, please visit ZacharyPerlinski.com.

17 Apr 2011, 5:30pm


News from NAB 2011


Well… my trip to Las Vegas has come and gone.  I spent a whole week with Sony Electronics at the 2011 NAB Show.  With a team of 4 students from Ball State University, we worked to showcase some of Sony’s newest electronics, including cameras, software, monitors, and memory units.  This year’s slogan was “Believe Beyond HD…” (referring to their newest innovations including 4K, 3D, and OLED).  If you think high-definition is beautiful, wait till you see what’s available in the near future.

You are probably wondering what my main task was?  I worked specifically with the 3D1U, Sony’s newest “3D” handheld professional camera. This is a very, very small unit but packs a powerful punch.  You can adjust the 3D depth in camera or in post production (for all those “techies” out there, it’s not convergence since the lens are fixed at 31 mm apart).  No 3D glasses are necessary to view the 3D image on board the camera… that’s right, NO 3D GLASSES ARE REQUIRED!  The technology is similar to that of the Nintendo 3Ds.

Below, you can view the team I worked with from Ball State University.  Coined the “Midwest Media Monsters,” we worked in all different locations during the show.


When we were finished for the day, we would hit the Strip! We rode the roller coaster at New York, New York, saw the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor, and danced at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill at the Harris Casino.  What a true adventure!

4 Apr 2011, 7:22am

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Welcome to the Work Week


In case you’re wondering where I’ve been, you can thank my schedule! The final semester of my collegiate career has been tremendously busy, yet extremely rewarding.  I’ve described my normal routine before, but I want to give you a snap shot of this week’s schedule.  Take a look and tell me what you think!

Monday, April, 4th
7:00-9:00 a.m. – Work the front desk at Park Residence Hall
9:00-3:00 p.m. – Produce ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’ at the Virginia B. Ball Center
3:00-5:00 p.m. – Run errands, finish meeting preparation, etc.
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Hold Student Advisory Council meeting in Letterman Building
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Pre-produce for Wednesday’s Connections Live episode.
8:00-10:30 p.m. – Finish assignments for ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’
10:30-11:30 p.m. – Attend Park Residence Hall staff meeting

Tuesday, April 5th
7:00-9:00 a.m. – Work the front desk at Park Residence Hall
9:00-5:00 p.m. – Produce ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’ at the Virginia B. Ball Center
5:00-9:00 p.m. – Pre-produce for Connections Live (graphics, scripts, etc.)
9:00-12:00 a.m. – Finish assignments for ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’

Wednesday, April 6th
7:00-9:00 a.m. – Work the front desk at Park Residence Hall
9:00-4:00 p.m. – Produce ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’ at the Virginia B. Ball Center
4:00-7:00 p.m – Produce Connections Live at the WIPB-TV Studios
7:00-10:00 p.m. – Finish assignments for ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’
10:00-12:00 a.m. – Relax before falling into a deep slumber

Thursday, April 7th
9:00-4:00 p.m. – Produce ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’ at the Virginia B. Ball Center
4:00-7:00 p.m. – Visit my grandma and dad during their visit to Ball State University
7:00-10:00 p.m. – Pack and review materials for my internship with Sony Electronics

Friday, April 8th
9:00-6:00 p.m. – Produce ‘Black Baseball in Indiana’ at the Virginia B. Ball Center
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Finish packing for tomorrow’s trip to Las Vegas, Nevada
8:00-10:00 p.m. – Relax after finishing a tremendously busy work week
10:00-12:00 a.m. – Fall asleep somewhere in between the listed time
4:00 a.m. – Wake up for ride to Indianapolis International Airport (Saturday)

To keep you up-to-date on my newest creations, visit Flickr.com and view my photography from abandoned Bush Stadium in Indianapolis. Check out my newest set!

20 Mar 2011, 10:19pm

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Beauty of Bush Stadium


The semester is flying by, literally… and I’m not even drinking Red Bull.  We’re down to the final weeks of my collegiate career, but I’m ready for new challenges! This semester has been unique at the very least.  My time at the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry has been extraordinary.  Our documentary has taken us across the United States from Cooperstown, New York to Kansas City, Kansas.  Over spring break, a selected crew of three traveled to Tampa Bay to interview a former Negro leagues player from the Indianapolis Clowns.  With a $20,000 budget, we’re able to participate in some truly unbelievable adventures.

The Ball State University News Center published an article regarding our endeavors.  Click here to check out the article, “Memories of Negro Leagues Captured for New Documentary, Book.”  Besides the production of a documentary, I have been formulating an essay exploring Bush Stadium in Indianapolis.  My chapter discusses the construction of the field, relations to Negro league baseball, and the downfall of the once magnificient property.  A significant portion of this research was completed on our track to Cooperstown, New York.  We spent about one week researching at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

On Friday afternoon, student photographer Robin Marchant came across this historic aerial view of Bush Stadium (PHOTO CREDIT: Indianapolis Indians).  Take a look!


Our showcase for both the documentary and book will occur in late April.  It will truly be a fight to the finish to get everything done! The documentary will be finalized in May as we prepare to travel over the summer to premiere the film at a handful of baseball conventions.  Once more information is released, I’ll post it here for all to see!

16 Feb 2011, 1:04am


Longing for Las Vegas


One week ago, I was presented with a unique opportunity.  Selected by the Ball State University Department of Telecommunications, I will be attending the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This conference is the ‘mac daddy’ of brand new gadgets and tech toys.  A total of five Ball State University students (including myself) will be working exclusively with Sony Electronics.  Ellen Bryan, another featured blogger, and a handful of faculty members will be attending the event as well.  This internship program is brief but extremely rewarding.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to network with corporations and play with the newest innovations.  From 3D televisions to personal tablets, I’ll be handling technology that’s not yet available in-store.  Maybe I can land a job after graduation if I play my cards right? I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

As a representative of Sony Electronics, we will be working within their designated both and demonstrating new products to potential investors.  For more information on the 2011 NAB Show, follow my blog for video and photo updates.  The conference is scheduled for early April.  Just when I thought my schedule couldn’t get any busier, more exciting opportunities develop!  I’ll be working endlessly until I walk away with my diploma… no time for senioritis!  I want my last few months of college to be jam-packed with creative challenges and endeavors.  I feel the NAB Show will offer just that!

8 Feb 2011, 10:23pm

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New Sights, New York


As mentioned in some of my previous posts, I am producing a documentary this semester at the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. Instead of taking quizzes, I’m learning the history of America’s great past-time, baseball.

Currently, I am on the road in Cooperstown, New York. We have spent the past three days at the Baseball Hall of Fame. From research to on-camera interviews, we’ve been working tirelessly to make the most of our time away from Ball State University. It’s one of the first school-sponsored excursions I have participated in, and I’ve had a wonderful time. When I return on Friday, I will update my blog with more information about this exciting opportunity. Stay tuned for a handful of updates!

PS: I have some big announcements brewin’ as well!

24 Jan 2011, 12:50am


The Final Frontier


Everything leads up to this semester.  The final capstone of 22 years of educational experiences.  It’s a feeling that’s often hard to describe.  The realization that tomorrow is the beginning of a new chapter.  Of course, like many, I don’t want to give up my time at Ball State University.  I’ve grown accustom to my cozy residence hall room and the quaint college campus.  We’ll see what the next 4 months have in store. I have some surprises up my sleeve as well.

Two weeks ago, I began my second immersive learning experience at the Virginia B. Ball Center.  It’s the perfect finish to a remarkable 4 years.  No tests, no quizzes… just uncut creativity at it’s finest.  I’ll spend the entire semester focusing on a documentary exploring Indiana’s great negro baseball players.  How nifty… studying America’s favorite pastime and receiving course credit!

Along with this documentary, I’ve been hard at work finalizing the Connections Live season finale from December 2010.  We produced a truly exceptional show from Cammack Station in Cammack, Indiana.  In case you didn’t tune into WIPB-TV, check out the entire episode below:

When it comes time to graduate, this is how the story is going to end.  I’ll be producing until the day I leave Ball State University.  I consider myself to be very fortunate… and that’s a real understatement.

4 Dec 2010, 10:33pm


Small-Town Studio


On Wednesday, Connections Live traveled back in history to Cammack Station. For the first time in nearly four years, this production has ventured outside of the WIPB-TV studios. Cammack Station offered a small-town setting that compliments our content.  This episode includes our best packages of the season, including Chorus Angelorum from Gary, Indiana, an Infant Hospice in Indianapolis, and the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass at Ball State University.  In January 2011, we will submit this episode to the Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy Awards.


During our taping, one of the original owners, Pete Davis, joined us for an exclusive interview.

To finish off our night on the town, our talented hosts, Michael Konopasek and Ellen Bryan, were able to explore the building, inside and out.  The remaining staff of Connections Live will appear on the show as customers at Cammack Station.  Make sure to tune in on December 15th at 6:00 PM on WIPB-TV for the season finale.

That concludes the 2010 season of Connections Live.  Join us in February 2011 when we introduce more ordinary people and share extraordinary stories!

27 Nov 2010, 10:57pm

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November Break


This break was much needed. To say the very least.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent time researching, writing, and presenting a handful of topics in my classes. Technically, this will be my final semester in “traditional” courses, as I will be enrolled in the Virginia B. Ball Center next spring. I’ve worked diligently to keep my cumulative GPA above 3.80. It’s been worth my every effort!

With all the stress of classes, it was wonderful to travel home and relax for a few days. I spent time in Chicago as well, visiting FOX Chicago News and keeping in contact with my former boss. While I was at home, I did risk my life and go shopping on Black Friday… but I wasn’t the guy who waited at Best Buy for 6 days to save 20 bucks on a washing machine. No thank you. My sister and I (plus Riley) had the opportunity to take our Christmas photo… I think it turned out pretty well.


I’ve been playing around quite a bit with my new camera. I purchased a Canon T2i Rebel to shoot high-definition video and stunning photographs. During Christmas break, I’ll be filming a new web series about the architecture of Gary, Indiana. Make sure to keep up on my blogs to find out more information. To finish off this post, please enjoy some of my newest photos!



13 Nov 2010, 9:27pm

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On The Air

As mentioned in the previous wall posts, I’m the Executive Producer of Connections Live, a 6-time Emmy Award-winning television program broadcast on WIPB-TV (Indianapolis DMA).  In October, we produced our first show of the season with new stories, high-definition graphics, and a reinvented appeal.  It was time to bring new creativity to the drawing table!

One of the newest innovations for Connections Live is the use of the all-new virtual set, which was designed by an architecture student last semester. Just a couple weeks ago, I placed the first episode of Connections Live online for the world to view.  Take a look at our first show! What do you think?  Any critiques?

By the end of the semester, we will have aired a total of 5 episodes, including our final on-location show of the season. For our holiday show, we are tentatively scheduled to record the program at the historic Indianapolis Union Station. We will be airing the absolute best packages of the season and hopefully have a small chorus perform a variety of holiday songs. It’s been one of my dreams to take this show on the road and shoot outside our studio. More updates to come soon!

If you’re looking to get involved with Ball State University‘s premiere television program, send me an email at zachperlinski@gmail.com. We are always looking for new students to help us create and innovate.