Venturing into Video

Video. This relatively small word caused me a large amount of anxiety. Ironically, the courses I teach fall under the Audio/Video Communications Pathway – yet, to be honest, we do little of either in my program.

Until this course, I have received ZERO training in audio or video production. The mass media (broadcast) teacher and I have tried to collaborate as she has little reporting experience, unfortunately, we don’t have plan or production courses at the same time.

However, these are simply excuses. In order to be college and career ready, students in journalism courses need to receive training in more than just reporting and layout. Avoiding the multimedia does a disservice to my students and our readers.

With this in mind I tried my hand at producing my first video package. I wanted to make my package over a topic that I would want my students to cover so I chose to focus on the school-wide lip dub the mass media students produced on Friday, April 28.

I had my DSLR camera and shotgun mic set up to record the lip dub run through prior to the main event. However, when I reviewed the footage The mic hadn’t picked up any sound and the video did not work correctly. There was no time to look up a fix and the mass media teacher and her students were understandably busy.  So I adhered to the adage that the best camera is the one you have and shot some footage on my iPhone. I had also planned to film them editing the footage they took to create the final product but as luck would have it a discipline problem with one of my students prevented me from getting to the mass media room during my lunch and by the time my next break rolled around they were done editing.

I did not want to stage any footage so this left me with my iPhone hallway & assembly footage and the interview I had conducted with the lip dub’s producer. As I started to put the video together I quickly realized I did not have enough B-Roll. Luckily the mass media students were allowed me to include some of their footage to fill in my gaps and I was able to “Make it Work” as Tim Gunn says.

The final product can be viewed below. It is definitely not the best video package but it’s a start and now that I have some basic skills, I can take them to the classroom and my students and I can learn to improve together.

*The music on the video came from the lip dub itself, not an outside recording. The school secured the permission to use the song for the purpose of the lip dub.