While students are often tasked with creating videos, few are encouraged to join shoots as crew members. That isn’t the case for several Journalism & Media Academy students who performed the tasks of a professional film unit to produce a short project on a Weaver High School basketball player.
As an extracurricular activity to their media-packed classes, the JMA students were offered the opportunity to work with their instructor, Dave Wurtzel, a former FOX 61 producer, to create a strong piece that would be relevant and interesting to them. After gauging their interest by showing them a similar piece he worked on for a popular sports brand, he encouraged the students to use their school connections to find the best player to feature.
They found Chaylyn Martin, a popular basketball player on the Weaver High boys’ team. Together, the student crew took on responsibilities for producing, logistics, and lighting set-up with Wurtzel acting as their mentor and director.
“The thought was to have a collaborative project between an education specialist and the students where I direct it and use the students as the crew. I take them through the process, show them how to do everything, and they can see how it’s done so that they can use these lessons the next time they have to film and direct a project.”
“This project is indicative of the high quality of production the returning rising seniors will be producing at CPBN next year,” said Director of Education Paul Pfeffer.