The NNPS-TV production team created a 30-minute video on the "State of the Schools," which premiered on NNPS-TV Cox Channel 47/Verizon Fios Channel 17 on Monday, August 30.

The video took the place of a live event to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was put together using recorded comments from educators and students on-camera, footage from classroom and outdoor school activities, and explanatory graphics.

Appearing in the video are Superintendent Dr. George Parker, III; School Board members; administrators; teachers; students and parents. Michelle Price, NNPS  Director of Public Information and Community Involvement, handled the initial content and scripting for the video, as well as scheduling the tapings.

The NNPS-TV production team, which includes Station Manager Jim Anklam, Producer Nik Long, and Production Specialist Aaron Moore, created the video over the course of many months, paring down and re-working the script, gathering input from a large number of interested parties, doing about 20 video recordings in the studio, getting approval for each section as it was completed, gathering existing footage to enhance the video, and adding extensive graphics.

Adding to the challenge was the near-complete dismantling of the NNPS-TV office spaces during HVAC replacement, which was going on for months as well. The studio was being used to store boxes of items cleared from other areas of the building. The hallways had no ceilings. Noise from construction and flowing air had to be considered and remedied when recording in the studio.

Despite the difficulties, Anklam, Long, and Moore were able to do a huge number of studio recordings. Two members of the team worked at one time for each shoot in order to run the camera, teleprompter, and audio equipment.

The recorded video was turned over to Moore, who does most of the editing for NNPS-TV shows like "This Just In," and "School Board Spotlight," plus videos requested by various NNPS departments, like Engineering Design Challenge intro videos, the Aviation Academy promo, and promos for the Arts department. The State of the Schools video was much longer than "This Just In," the weekly news show, which is usually only 5-10 minutes in length. Moore added many scenes of classroom learning, awards ceremonies, and youth development activities to make the video interesting and demonstrate the content of the script. Many graphics were also added to visually explain concepts.

The video premiered on TV and the web and was available on-demand the next day. Replays aired on NNPS-TV as well.

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