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End-of-summer training prepares remote crew for season

Telecom students conduct a practice interview
Telecom students are seen through the window getting ready to conduct a practice interview in Studio A during Remote Video Production Training.
Photos by Beth Scott

NNPS Television Production students jump into hands-on training even before school starts on September 4.

Every year, students who are enrolled in TV-I or TV-II are invited to attend Remote Video Production Training at the Telecommunications Center the week before school starts. The training helps them achieve proficiencies that are required for their courses, but more immediately it allows them to be part of the crew that produces the high school football games for television.

The games will be broadcast live on TV and also will be replayed. Three games will air on NNPS-TV (Cox Channel 47 and Verizon FiOS Channel 17, Roku, and Apple TV) this year.

Producing football games provides a great opportunity for TV production students to learn from professionals. During Remote Video Production Training, Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. lecture on the basics of TV production, demonstrate how to use the video cameras, explain how to use the broadcast equipment inside the production truck, show football video clips, and instruct the students in TV production terminology and studio operations.

Bill Barlow, who has 50-plus years in the video production industry, is the Director of the NNPS high school football broadcasts. He speaks to the students during the training as well. Another speaker is NNPS-TV Sports Announcer and "Sports Highlights" Host Greg Bicouvaris, who helps train on-air talent (announcers and reporters).

Working a football game and using the remote video production truck gives the students great experience, since there is so much to capture and report on during a game. The students record the sports action, marching band performances, and interviews with coaches and administrators. They learn how to control the audio, switch from camera to camera, and create the computer graphics. They learn how to take direction and work together as a team, and also experience the pressure and excitement of a live broadcast.

After four days of training, the student crew will do a practice game when Hampton High plays Warwick High on Friday, September 7.

These students then will be able to apply for crew positions throughout the year, covering football games, basketball games, awards ceremonies, and all six high school graduation ceremonies at the end of the year. The students are paid minimum wage when they work on a production. Hiring for remote production positions is based on participation in the training sessions, auditions, job performance, and work ethic. Crew positions include:  Camera Operators, Technical Director, Character Generator, VTR/ DDR Operator (Replay), Audio Operator, ENG Editor, Reporter, Announcer and Assistant Producer.

Remote Video Production Training:

Telecom Supervisor instructs a student cameraman Telecom students practice in the studio
Telecom Supervisor Ray Price instructs a student. Telecom students practice in the studio.
student cameraman Telecom students learn in the control room
A Telecom student learns to work the TV camera. Telecom students learn in the control room.