NNPS-TV recently hosted students from McIntosh Elementary School. The students are part of their school's TV broadcast club, which produces the Morning Show each day. NNPS-TV's production team provided them with a tour of the station and hands-on learning in the studio, the editing bays, and outdoors flying the drone.
The NNPS-TV production team taught the visiting students about recording and producing video. Station Manager Jim Anklam, Producer Nik Long, and Video Technician Aaron Moore teamed up to explain the various jobs and aspects of producing video.
The NNPS-TV videographers asked the students about their Morning Show setup, and showed them the equipment they use in the studio, so they could see how it was similar or different from their own. They showed them different sized cameras and microphones that are used in different shooting situations. They talked about lighting, and how they can reflect or bounce light when shooting outdoors. They also talked about computers and mobile devices that can be used in video production.
After hearing about TV production and the various commands used on a set, the students were allowed to try working different jobs on a production. They video-recorded each other reading their pre-submitted scripts from the "Teleprompter" (an iPad controlled by an iPod) in front of the camera. The students took turns being the "talent" (actor), the director, camera operator, and audio operator. They rotated through until everyone had a chance to try each job.
The McIntosh students were able to see their video while checking out NNPS-TV's editing systems with Moore and Long. They showed them how the digital files look in the editing tool and how an editor can cut, move, speed up, slow down, and otherwise manipulate video to tell a story. They also added music to show how to create a finished product.
After that, they went outside to see the drone in action. The drone is an unmanned aerial "vehicle" that flies with four rotors. A small video camera is attached to it, which allows the production team to capture aerial footage. The drone has two sets of remote controls: one for flying the drone and one for controlling the video camera.
The production team flew the drone and allowed the students to work the camera. The demonstration of this new technology - one that brings another perspective to video recording - was a highlight of the field trip.
Visiting NNPS-TV gives students interested in broadcasting a chance to see a real studio and talk with professionals in the industry, too, which is part of the NNPS "Career Pathways" initiative. The students learn about how they can prepare for jobs in the media, television, and film industries. And they learn about the Telecom program that is available to them when they get to high school.
The visitors can also see the Remote TV Production truck, which is used to broadcast live football games and for other remote broadcasts like high school graduations.
The students from McIntosh Elementary School had a great time during their visit to NNPS-TV. They were so excited to use the equipment and see themselves in the video. They learned the importance of instructions like "quiet on the set," how to maintain eye contact with the camera, and even how to record video from the sky!
Showing young students the types of creative careers available to them is something the NNPS-TV crew always enjoys. The students' enthusiasm and desire to learn make it that much better.