Lights, Camera, Action! Mt. Vernon High School Students will Produce a Live, Pre-Game Football Show on August 21st!
Several Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) students involved in “MVTV Productions” will be hosting a live, 30-minute pre-game show before the home MVHS football game against Hamilton Heights. The community is invited to come watch the pre-game show which is set to air at 6:15 p.m. before the game kick-off at 7 p.m.
The outdoor set will have an elevated stage just outside of the main gate at the MVHS football stadium, complete with lattice rigging to hold lighting components. The production team is working hard trying to coordinate a live, web-based program that streams the pre-game show on the MVHS website. If the live stream is available Friday, the video frame will appear in this article on www.mvhs.mvcsc.k12.in.us.
At the pre-game show the MVTV Productions students will interview the MVHS Varsity Football Coach, Doug Armstrong, as well as some senior players. The sports anchors will be debating about the game and have free conversation with their own game expectations, similar to pre-game shows for college or professional football.
The production team will be responsible for moving and setting up the stage, and also for making the call if there is a threat of inclement weather. The productions team has a weather-resistant back-up location under the MVHS stadium stands if needed.
Approximately 10 students will be needed to produce the live show. Quaid Pearson will be the executive producer and director. Pearson has vast student experience in filming and directing MVTV Shows and also produced the recent “Experience MVHS” video (located on both the Mt. Vernon School District and MVTV News Team’s YouTube Channels.)
There is depth in student experience with the rest of the roles as well: Alex Whitham is producer and sportscaster, Josh Jones and Jamaal Nelson will be sportscasters, Ryan Rohrbach is the talent director, Jonah Robinson will operate the camera, and Michael Salinas is the audio/video engineer. Additional roles will be filled for lighting, grip and set construction. Most students have been a part of the MVTV Production team for several years, under Technology Education Teacher, Tom Shaver.
The hands-on production experience MVHS provides students with has led many to pursue this field in their post-secondary education. Pearson states, “As a student in the MVTV program, I have been pushed extremely hard to make things better – to do things the right way. Before I became a part of this program, film/television was a mediocre hobby for me. I am now looking at several film schools such as the University of Southern California, as well as New York University, and the New York Film Academy. I want to do this the rest of my life. Students at Mt. Vernon are really offered a phenomenal program as well as a great atmosphere in to work, and grow in a field they are interested in.”
Tom Shaver, Technology Education Teacher and MVTV Sponsor, states, “I think that Mt. Vernon students have a great advantage that many other schools don't have due to the fact that our students have these state-of-the-art facilities available to them. I am extremely proud to be a part of their television and film education, and enjoy seeing where this experience takes them in life.”
The MVHS state-of-the-art production facilities have been added through time. The most recent equipment addition is the nine-foot camera jib with remote control head that was provided through a Mt. Vernon Education Foundation grant. The jib allows the student operator to create a long sweeping shot that gives the illusion of the camera flying. It is also on wheels which allow the camera to move while filming subject in a steady, professional manner.
The community is invited to come out to watch the show live at the entrance to the Mt. Vernon High School Stadium at 6:15 p.m. on August 21st, or stay tuned to see if a live stream is available in this article, here on www.mvhs.mvcsc.k12.in.us.