Television production goes online

Television production translates easily to distance learning

It is easy to imagine “Lights, camera, action!” being heard often inside the television studio at the Center for Career Services, where students are learning the ins and out of producing video content. Fortunately for students the medium does not require a studio. Rather, with distance learning in place, students are using their phones and whatever space is available to them.

“The TV/Video Production course has been thoroughly engaged in the remote learning process since the beginning of the mandatory school closures,” teacher Mike May said.

Like so many other teachers, he is using Google Classroom each day to reach out to students and take note of attendance. Students can also use the platform to get daily handouts, visual learning videos, class materials and at-home project assignments. Tests and quizzes are also posted and assignments are turned in via Google Drive.

Each day Mr. May meets with his morning- and afternoon-session students. He has set a high standard, and students are expected to be logged-in on time and dressed appropriately, as he said he wants to uphold professional guidelines.

In terms of assignments, they vary for first year and second-year students. First-year students completed a Vlog, or video blog, which they created with their cell phones. They were asked to talk about their time at home, their hobbies and interests and to conduct interviews with family members. They were only allowed to shoot outdoors on their property. Currently first-year students are working on creating PSA videos, one about coronavirus safety and another of their choosing. Mr. May has also assigned them to create a movie review video and a piece using stop-motion animation.

Second-year students have been kept busy reviewing NOCTI practice questions each week and taking quizzes via Google Forms. Additionally, they are continuing to work on their final projects, a choice of a short film or documentary for which they pick the subject. And finally, seniors have begun their final exit project that includes creating a resume and cover letter.