Take Two! How many high school students can claim they produced a television show that was actually broadcast on television? Immersing and engaging students into real-life opportunities fits right into Mt. Vernon Schools’ goals: to provide academic excellence that prepares students to be successful in their future.
Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) students involved in MVTV have produced the first 30-minute television show called “Inside MV”. The show will be aired on NineStar’s Channel 9 on Wednesday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., and frequently rerun at Channel 9’s discretion. The show is also linked on MVTV Live’s YouTube Channel, and viewers can get there from Mt. Vernon School District’s YouTube Channel.
The September show consists of several intriguing interviews with Mt. Vernon’s students and staff showcasing a variety of talents and leadership. Dr. Shane Robbins, Superintendent for Mt. Vernon, shares his history and educational experience while discussing recent accomplishments such as the 1:1 Computer Device Initiative, providing Professional Learning Communities for the teachers through Delayed Start Wednesdays, and landscaping improvements.
Other interviews in the September “Inside MV” show include: Fortville Elementary School Math T-Race Winner and Spelling Bee champion Joseph Wilson, MVHS Student Government President Emily Fleming, and a national three event water skier competitor at MVHS, Blake Miller. Miller explained the different water ski events and what influenced his dedication to the sport.
The original segment also included two musicians who sang and played the guitar: Freshman Ethan Lewis and MVHS’s World Language Teacher Patricia Laughlin sang in Spanish. Due to copyright issues with the songs, those two segments in the televised version were replaced with cooking segments.
The process was quite lengthy for the MVTV production team to complete the 30-minute show. The group originally decided they wanted to feature talents or specific leadership roles of K-12 students and staff. They also decided they will film at different locations each month; October’s show is planned to be taped at McCordsville Elementary School. Several types of shows were considered but the team decided on an entertaining talk show format. After the interviewees were chosen, the team designed the set and captured test shots around the school with varying lighting projections.
After scheduling the shoot with the interviewees, the production crew next planned their schedules for three camera operators, an audio operator and the host. The production crew juggled their regular school schedule on the filming day as well. Each student’s assigned roles are most often in the area of production that appeals to them: camera, editing, sound board, etc.
Editing is one of the most important behind-the-scenes duties. Students created the title sequence for “Inside MV”, filmed footage of each school with additional “B-Roll” footage, found royalty-free music, and then edited the film using footage from each camera angle providing a dynamic end result.
The brains behind the production include the following students: Xander Reid - Host, Nicole Johnson - Audio Engineer, Luke Duckworth - Audio Engineer, Ethan Sparks - Camera, Dylan Finke - Camera, Matt Wheeler - Camera, Jarret Whitehouse - Set Construction, Shawn Kemp - Videographer, and Donavyn Bolding - Editing.
MVTV wants the community to watch the show and provide feedback to MVTV@mvcsc.k12.in.us. Each segment will then improve and become more compelling based on the audience’s desires.
The Sports Show:
In addition to the “Inside MV” show, the group has also been busy editing their “Marauder Montage” television show that features Mt. Vernon sports. This show will also be sent to NineStar to air during September, and uploaded on MVTV Live’s YouTube Channel as well. It is currently scheduled to air Saturday and Sunday at noon.
NineStar previously produced a county high school sports show in Greenfield with the county’s four high school athletic directors. It wasn’t long before NineStar suggested MVTV produce its own Marauder sports show to be aired on Fridays. This prompted last week’s successful “Pre-game Football Sportscast” in front of Marauder Stadium.
What does it mean to students to have this opportunity?
Shaver states, “The biggest thing is exposure, not just for Mt. Vernon Schools, but it raises the bar for our students because they know they are producing something that will actually be seen by many people. The students have to come to the table with higher expectations. They are now being provided with an exciting real world experience. We are grateful to NineStar for their support and providing our students with this valuable student resume-building experience.”
MVTV team member Xander Reid, Grade 12, states, "Being the host of Inside MV has been a very fun learning experience for me. I plan on going to college to try to become a news anchor and this is a more than perfect way for me to test it and become better at it."
NineStar began a discussion with Technology Education Teacher, Tom Shaver, and administrators last year after seeing MVHS’s first-class television studio on the Mt. Vernon website. NineStar’s goal is to provide fresh, new content relative on the community’s interests with the intent to increase their viewership on Channel 9.
Liz Rusche, Producer for NineStar, states, “We have seen a large number of new viewers in the McCordsville and Mt. Vernon School District area, and we encourage viewers to tune in to the school programming. Our partnership with Mt. Vernon is a win-win situation because we are able to provide local programming for the viewers while giving students the opportunity to get resume-building experience.”
NineStar is looking into a possible partnership with Mt. Vernon students for the upcoming winter and spring sports. They cover 20-30 school basketball games and 10-15 baseball games so students’ involvement in the production is beneficial for all parties.
NineStar is also sponsoring a film contest for students in grades 6-12. Students can submit 15-30 minutes of original, creative show content by Monday, February 29, 2016 to NineStar. A scholarship at random will be selected at the “Student Awards Show Dinner” called “NineStar Neddies.” Additional prizes will be awarded in each show category.