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Using Industry Standards in HS Media Production Lab

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Shoreham-Wading River High School students are using their creative energies in the school’s Media Production Club, where they are working on various projects from writing a movie script to producing a podcast to creating music. High school English teachers Vincent Ball and Brendan Gilley are the club advisers with eager plans for implementing practices and operations in the media world.

Students are using industry standard software Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro to produce audio and video pieces. One group of students are working to create a weekly podcast that will highlight newsworthy happenings at the high school. They are learning how to interview subjects, write copy for voiceover and professionally edit audio they have recorded.

“Ideally, they will end up with one person hosting the show, and then at least two others sharing reports from the field,” Mr. Ball said. “In the future, we’d love to have a group of students who are working on a broadcast/video version of this.”

Another group of students are using Logic Pro to produce recorded music. They are learning to program MIDI notes to create electronic recordings. According to Mr. Ball, recording music in this way has also become an industry standard practice, as the majority of songs on popular radio are now recorded in a digital audio workstation like Logic Pro.

Other students are working to produce their own short films in Final Cut Pro. They are currently writing scripts and storyboarding their work before they begin recording clips that they will eventually import into Final Cut.