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New Video Production Program to Kick Off

This Spring North Platte High School will begin offering Video Production as a class for the first time.   The class will cover the process of shooting a video from storyboarding to video editing techniques.    Philep Willey saw a need for the class and begin the process of adding it over a year ago.  “I felt like there was a need to add another class or two that involved video.  This year we will have around 200 students take digital media which has a large unit of video editing.  Some of those students become passionate about video, and they really didn’t have any options to continue with that.”  Approximately 50 students have signed up for the new class so far. 

The class fits into NPHS Career Readiness Initiative because the class will allow students to complete a career pathway in video.   Completing a pathway not only gives students valuable insight into possible career options, but it also allows students to get internships should they wish to.  

 Mr. Willey said another benefit of adding a video production class is that it will add value to the high school, the district,  and the community.  Willey said “We get  a lot of requests to do different projects for various groups.  This class should allow us to take some of those requests and produce a decent video for them.”  One project that Willey mentioned was partnering up with the theater department to produce a short movie.  There are currently plans in the works to produce a video short with the advanced acting class and to premier it at the Fox Theater downtown.  

One of the hurdles of starting up this program was the costs associated with getting video and audio equipment.  Part of the program will be funded by grants.  “We were super fortunate to be selected for two separate grants from the John Russell Applegate Fund that is administered by the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.  The grants allowed us to purchase some of the much needed video, lighting, and audio equipment that was necessary to get this program off the ground. We are really thankful” said Willey.