Neal Bennett

Neal Bennett is a Telly Award-winning multimedia producer, director, editor, and filmmaker with two decades of experience. He has also been a filmmaking instructor for over nine years. He is also an AVID Certified Instructor and continues to train with AVID on their latest advancements in post-production.

Over the years, Bennett has worked on ESPN’s World Series of Poker, MLB Network’s World Series, various NHL Productions, NFL Films projects, YES Network’s Yankees on Deck, HBO’s Real Sports, TLC’s Trading Spaces, and Assignment Discovery. His feature film experience includes Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy with Ben Affleck, Eric Mendelsohn’s Judy Berlin with Edie Falco, Craig Singer’s Animal Room with Neil Patrick Harris, and his own independent feature film, Love from the Machine. Bennett was also a co-producer, director, and editor of Dream Camp TV with Executive Producer Joe Patane (Real World, MTV) and featuring the talent of Drew Carey, James Cameron, Vince Pace (Avatar, Transformers), and Pauley Perrette (NCIS). He has also created unique solutions for a wide spectrum of corporate clients.

Bennett  has developed and taught numerous courses in the field of television and filmmaking production. As the president and director of education for Industry Media Arts, he believes it is necessary for students to learn by having industry-related real-world experiences. He currently instructs at Monmouth University and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. The courses he has developed range from introductory high school courses to more advanced production courses for college students and professionals. Many of his students have received awards for their work and former students have screened at the Cannes and other international film festivals. 

Bennett currently free-lances with production companies, and works on various television programs. He participates with numerous professional trade organizations and conferences, as well as subscribing to various trade magazines.

  • Associated Programs

    Adjunct Professor, Digital Field Production - January 2013 - Present
    Center for Digital Filmmaking 
    Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts - New Brunswick, NJ
    Director of Education
    Industry Film School - AVID Learning Partner - 2005-Present
    Pre-College Media Arts Programs for Teens
  • Courses Taught

    Professional Editing & Certification with Avid Media Composer

  • Education

    Rowan University — 1996 (BA Radio, Television, & Film)
    Ocean County College — 1994 (AS  Business)
  • Subjects Taught

    AVID MC 101 Media Composer Editing Essentials
    AVID MC 110 Media Composer Effects Essentials
  • Awards

    2003 Telly Award - Editing
    2005 Telly Award - Directing
    2008 Telly Award - Directing/Editing