Learning the Ropes of Technology
Behind the CameraFebruary 1st students from FCHS split into two groups to learn about the recording technology we will be using. We went step-by-step from our Project Manual and instruction sheets to learn more about the video and audio technology so that once the Interview Day comes, students can properly set up and take down all the equipment.
Kathleen Ingoldsby led the way with her recording experience. Students quickly caught on to the settings and use of the Marantz digital recorder. Soon they were on their own. Following the guidelines from the handbook, the media class took charge and practiced audio recordings with themselves, either choosing a topic or singing ABCs.
Next, we handled the Canon XA30 video cameras. Again, students picked up on the step-by-step and quickly were behind the camera recording themselves. Once each part was practiced, the Marantz and Canon were connected using our successful technique of “double-system” shooting.
This day is significant to our interview process because students learn about the different roles for our day of interviews. While some students have an idea for the role they want to play, learning more about the equipment gives others the opportunity to engage. All around, it was a great hands-on experience for students and mentors.