Student videographers usually begin their experience behind the camera in a class with Mr. Hackbarth
. In class, students learn a broad overview of creating videos from start to finish. Students organize groups with a producer, director, sound engineer and others required to produce quality results. Scripts and storyboards are developed. The groups cast talent.
As with so many workplace skills, students learn that planning is crucial; developing timelines for shooting and editing are probably among the most difficult tasks. Groups also do their own lighting and camera work, spending many hours using cameras correctly to get the best shot possible. After a video is made, students format the video depending on the end use, whether for DVD, online posting or embedding or another size and style.
Hackbarth has guided students as they make or collaborate on some interesting and creative end results
. “Each class seems to have set a goal to surpass what another class produced,” he says. “There have been some pretty memorable videos.” Some students continue to assist with the school video needs and projects after their time in class is over.