Twenty seven high school students from the St. Tammany Parish Public School System will give up a week of summer to fine-tune their video production skills during the intensive Summer Video Institute (SVI) held by the School System’s Channel 13 educational television staff.
The event takes place at the David C. Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville where Channel 13 is housed, as well as during several field trips across the parish for on-location shooting.
In the largest SVI group to date, participants will learn enhanced video techniques from shooting raw footage and standup commentary in the field to final editing procedures in the studio.
The event is scheduled for the week of July 9 through July 13. The annual summer video program brings together outstanding broadcast journalism students from throughout St. Tammany to work hand-in-hand with the experienced staff members of Channel 13. They are divided into groups of three to four students and create a video documentary from beginning to end.
The institute includes instruction on how to best tell a story employing camera work, lighting, writing, and music and photo overlays.
In years past, the summer video institute has produced mini-documentaries on a number of St. Tammany Parish museums, nature and wildlife centers, and individuals with interesting hobbies.
On the final day of the institute, a video festival showcasing the finished documentaries is held to premiere the student-produced films to family, friends, and Central Office administrators.
Dr. Melody Swang, Director of Broadcasting for the School System, said, “While the students come to us with some valuable experience from their own school broadcasting programs, we offer a week working alongside seasoned professionals in every aspect of the video production process.