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NNPS-TV contributes video for regional project

NNPS-TV Station Manager Jim Anklam and Producer Nik Long set up the shot in a Gildersleeve classroom.
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The NNPS-TV production team recently shot video to be used at an upcoming conference being held in Virginia Beach.

The Region II Excellence Through Equity Conference will be held July 26 and organizers asked for video interviews of students to compile into a video for the conference.

The conference's goal is "to pursue equity and improve the educational experience for all students."

NNPS administrators involved in the conference planning contacted the TV team to request their expert video work to submit.

The assignment involved interviewing students on camera. Technical requirements were given, such as shooting at 24 frames per second, using shallow depth of field, and having the interview subjects look "off camera."

NNPS-TV divided and conquered by sharing the role with other districts that were participating. Instead of all the TV teams going to many different schools, they decided to break it up by age group, and NNPS-TV covered middle school children.

The students, NNPS-TV's production team, and AP Nekesha Williams worked on the video.

Gildersleeve Middle School was chosen and the Assistant Principal there, Nekesha Williams, chose students to be interviewed for the video.

There was no script to read; it was the children answering the questions with just a short amount of prep time to go over the questions. One girl had only been in the country a short time, and spoke a little French in the video footage.

Five students participated.

NNPS-TV Station Manager Jim Anklam asked the questions and Producer Nik Long shot the video. Anklam asked more questions and had them elaborate if the students' answers were too short.

The team did not have to edit the video, so they uploaded the raw footage to a Google drive. The Virginia Beach school system is creating the video from the footage collected from Newport News and other districts.