Four MacBooks and four Mac desktops have been incorporated into both the publications and TV Studio classes. With the new technology comes new and complex programs, some of which include Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X, and Adobe Illustrator. Photoshop allows a student to improve the quality of pictures, while Final Cut Pro X allows a student to piece pictures and videos together. Adobe Illustrator offers endless opportunities, such as creating vector images, colorizing photos, and drawing. Brooke Bockting elaborated on the programs, “ My first reaction was that I had no clue how to use them, but I'm learning to get better throughout the year. It’s really cool how technology works….” On top of the computers, a GoPro and a high-quality camera have been recently added to improve the quality of the pictures and videos. A GoPro is a high definition, compact camera meant for extreme action situations.
One project the class is working on is creating a highlights DVD, which includes pictures and videos from the school year--anything from sports, clubs, and special events that goes into what makes New Haven High School special. Generally, two students work on one video in order to perfect each section of the digital yearbook. Tenille Duessler commented on editing videos, “I’m really impressed with the program (Final Cut Pro X).” Each student has his or her contribution to what is going onto the highlights DVD, which will be sold for ten dollars.
Another project going on in class is creating short films for the All American High School Film Festival. Students can work in a group or alone to create a video, which will be submitted for a grade in the class and to the film festival for a chance to win up to “$100,000 in scholarships and prizes.” Students are currently getting started on creating storyboards, writing scripts, filming, and editing.
On a daily basis, each student is working on his or her individual projects. Cortanie Gale has been conducting interviews with members of the senior class to go into her senior specials part of the Highlights DVD. Cortanie commented about her senior video, “I really like interviewing my classmates then watching it back in class.” Kayla Watson, on the other hand, said, “I work on the FBLA highlights video in Final Cut Pro and help with the upkeep on the school website. I also watch a lot of tutorials on programs like Final Cut Pro.” Watching tutorials is a big part of learning in the class, since the programs have so many hidden features. Other students are working on their website clips or searching for inspiration for the short film.
Be on the look out for more short clips posted on the website and the highlights DVD to be up for sale. With April 20th, the due date of the AAHSFF, swiftly approaching, the students’ attention will be focused on finishing up their short films. Like Mrs. Borcherding has stated before, “You are recording history, even if it’s New Haven History. Someday people are going to come back to recover memories.”
-by Paige Adams