From the small screen to live: video class on television

Ever wonder what it would be like to see your face on television? If you happen to end up in Carmel High’s weekly Friday Show, you might just see this happen.

Dec. 2 marked the first broadcast of the CHS Video Production class’s own segment on live television. The class was offered this opportunity by the Media Center for Art, Education and Technology to air a weekly show of about 15 minutes every Friday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both the MCAET website and the Comcast 26 television channel.

So what do these 15 minutes of fame consist of?

Brian Granbery, instructor of the video production class at CHS, explains that the class submits their weekly eight minute Friday show, and then creates new material to cover the remaining time.

“We use the extra time provided to air content from things like our dance shows, band concerts and other performances to highlight all of the visual and performing arts at CHS,” Granbery says.

The MCAET, run by the Monterey County Office of Education, has also broadcasted segments from Alisal High School, Salinas High School and Everett Alvarez High School. However, Granbery hopes that even more schools will join the MCAET’s efforts.

“We would love to see other schools get involved, such as Pacific Grove High School or Monterey High School,” Granbery explains.

The Video Production teacher comments on the differences between the content created in his class to that of other schools.

“Our shows tend to be more lighthearted and relate to mostly local events, while other schools seem to discuss a broader range of issues with more of a serious attitude,” Granbery explains, “but we are just getting the gears going.”

Students within the class are enthusiastic about the new opportunity.

“I am excited to have our content broadcasted,” says Megan Gonzalez, a second-year Video Production student. “I think it will keep us accountable for the quality of our videos and encourage everyone to create better shows and meet important deadlines.”

Returning video production student Mac Coltelli agrees with Gonzalez, describing the television broadcasts as a new frontier for the class.

Overall, students’ satisfaction with the class has only increased with the addition of the television segment.

“I’ve been in video for two years now and it’s been lots of fun,” senior Henry Eason remarks. “I get to create cool videos in the middle of my school day with some of my best friends and Mr. Granbery, who really knows his stuff.”

-Jessica DiLullo