‘CSI’ Stars Help DCCC Students Discover Secrets of the Show at Campus Event

Nov. 16, 2012 – Actors David Berman and Jon Wellner from the CBS hit forensic drama “CSI: Las Vegas” recently took Davidson County Community College behind the scenes and revealed secrets of the show as part of the college’s Campus Speaker Series.

Berman and Wellner discussed with the audience topics including science vs. entertainment, fictional studio set vs. a real crime lab, and the so-called “CSI effect.” They also detailed for the students the exciting process of how each episode is created, from the story conception all the way through post production, and finally, onto the television screen.

The presentation proved educational – especially for a class of paralegal students who had the chance to examine real career opportunities in the forensic science field. Shannon Gregg, one such student, says that the facts the actors shared surprised her.

“I felt the presentation was both informative and entertaining,” says Gregg. “It gave me a new perspective into how television imitates real life and how ‘CSI’ uses actual technology and techniques that are used in the forensic science field today, as opposed to simply acting out a crime scene on a television set.”

Berman and Wellner wrapped up by indulging the audience and sharing behind the scenes stories from the audience’s favorite episodes, as well as answering questions about researching and acting on the show.

Earlier this year, the Campus Speaker Series featured Dr. David Washington, professor from North Carolina State University, as well as Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the nationally syndicated show, “Judge Hatchett.”

*Editor’s Note: Pictured in the first photo, from left to right, are David Berman and Jon Wellner. In the second photo, from left to right, are Jon Wellner, DCCC paralegal student Shannon Gregg and David Berman.

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