Characters came out in force for the very first Video Production and Advanced Film & Cinema party at the Regional Occupational Center! AM and PM classes watched their silent film projects, tested their Oscar knowledge with interactive trivia games, and enjoyed the spotlight in a fun, Hollywood themed photo booth. Lights, camera, action!
Video Production students had a unique opportunity to visit the television broadcast studios of KBAK/KBFX. The facility supports local CBS and Fox news programming as well as promotions and production departments.
"The best part of my trip to KBAK/KBFX was when I spoke to the editor and multimedia journalists because I was most interested in learning about their jobs." - Priscilla Bonilla, Video Production
Several employees, including producers, directors, photographers, and journalists took time out of their busy schedules to meet with the students and explain what their careers entail and the training and education necessary to work in broadcast media and video production related fields.
"I got to see what it takes and how much it takes to put a news broadcast on the air." - Jami Acosta, Video Production
After touring the set and watching a portion of a live newscast, students were treated to photo opportunities on the set and fun with the green screen and weather graphics. They also met with staff who shoot and edit local public service announcements and commercials to explore that area of expertise.
The trip to KBAK?KBFX was very popular among students who had never been in a television studio before.
"My favorite part of visiting the KBAK/KBFX studios was being behind the scenes during a live broadcast of the news." - Gustavo Viorato, Video Production
"Seeing all the equipment and the sets they use. Also meeting the news anchors." - Hilario Provencio, Video Production
"Meeting Aaron Perlman and pretending to do a weather report with him! "- Bryan Chavez, Video Production
Partnerships with industry are an essential part of our mission at ROC. We greatly appreciate those in the community who take the time to share their knowledge and passion with the workforce of tomorrow.
Video Production students at ROC work with community partners on a variety of special projects throughout the year. The Kern Taxpayers Association asked the program to produce, shoot, and edit a corporate style video featuring James Gollub, a highly respected economic strategist and guest speaker for the KernTax 79th Annual Meeting.
The students held production meetings, prepared and tested their equipment, and attended the event at the Bakersfield Country Club where they met local dignitaries and worked alongside industry professionals in videography, lighting and audio engineering.
The student-produced video will be on the KernTax website in the near future.
A trip through music history paired with the understanding of radio, professional lighting, and audio techniques was the focus of a special field trip to the studios of KUZZ Radio and Buck Owens Crystal Palace.
Video Production students started their adventure learning from popular radio personalities Casey McBride and Brent Michaels as they discussed technology, audio engineering, and the inner workings of one of the most popular radio stations in our area.
"I loved how they educated us on audio. It’s not just video that is important, but audio is so significant. Audio brings things to life and can have an impact on listeners/viewers." Celeste Valdez, Video Production
After the station tour, students met up with Jim Shaw, an original band member of the late Buck Owens' band, the Buckaroos. Shaw gave a tour of the Crystal Palace, audio booth and professional lighting systems that have enhanced the performances of some of the most popular country music artists in the nation during their local concerts on the stage at the Crystal Palace.
"The first time stepping foot into the Crystal Palace, paired with audio and video tech made it a memorable trip." - Andres Lopez, Video Production
Shaw also told students about opportunities in the fields of lighting and audio in the entertainment industry, while pointing out decades of memorabilia on site and educating students on the history and impact of "The Bakersfield Sound."
The Sports Medicine program at ROC worked on a special project with Video Production students by collaborating on their final exams this semester. Sports Medicine did extensive research and prepared content on a variety of health issues.
Video Production took their ideas and brought them to life through short films, corporate style videos, skits, and talk show formats and completed the filming, producing, and editing of the projects. Topics included recognizing and treating heat illness, concussions, and eating disorders.
Not only did this project develop communication skills and the importance of deadlines for both groups, but it also allowed programs at ROC to work together, learn about their different career pathways, and test their creativity!
"I think my favorite project this year was the Sports Medicine collaboration because of the sort of pressure you get trying to make the best video for the client. Making the clients' vision come true was amazing in many ways." Leo Blancarte Serrano, Video Production
The grand finale was a group showing of the projects along with a very popular blooper reel created by the students.