FHSU to host video boot camp for educators

HAYS, KS -- Educators involved in video and television programs will have an opportunity to learn more about their equipment and production techniques at the first-ever Video Boot Camp for Educators this summer at Fort Hays State University.

Sponsored by the university's Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications, the week-long workshop is designed to help instructors teaching and sponsoring video and television programs in their schools to improve the look and quality of their productions.

" One thing I noticed when I moved to Hays in 2000 was there were a lot of high schools producing video programs for their local cable companies," said Stephen Schleicher, assistant professor of information networking and telecommunications and instructor at the boot camp.

" While the content of these programs was very good, I noticed many could use a boost in production to make them shine," he said. "I began giving small lectures and demonstrations during local high school journalism conferences, and the feedback from teachers prompted us to develop this much larger workshop."

Schleicher has reported on and been involved in the film, television, corporate video, post production and animation fields for the last 10 years, working in the Atlanta metro area and Southern California.

INT Department Chair Dr. Mark Bannister said he is excited about this opportunity for educators.

" Help is on the way for those instructors wanting to improve the quality of their students' video production, or who need a refresher on the basics," he said.

Fort Hays State University is offering the four day workshop covering the basics of video production from July 25-28, 2005. The Video Boot Camp for Educators is designed for anyone who wishes to improve his or her skills. Through lectures, demonstrations and practical, hands-on exercises, educators will learn the ins and outs of producing for video, including:
-- Preparing for the shoot
-- DV camera inside and out
-- Composing dynamic and effective shots
-- White Balance and basic understanding of color temperature
-- Exposure techniques and understanding the zebra stripes
-- Camera menu functions
-- Camera techniques
-- Use of negative space and proper eye line level
-- Audio for DV video
-- Interview techniques
-- Selecting the proper background for your subject
-- Three-point lighting and basic lighting set-ups
-- Lighting for green screen

" And much more," said Schleicher.
Instructors are encouraged to bring their own video cameras, tripods, and microphones to maximize their knowledge of their equipment.

The cost for the Video Boot Camp for Educators is $250 per person. Space is limited. For educators in western Kansas, this fee may be waived thanks to scholarships provided by Nex-Tech and Rural Telephone.

" Nex-Tech and Rural Telephone will provide 10 scholarships for the workshop for teachers in their service area," said Bannister. "This pays for the boot camp fee only. Instructors wishing to receive college graduate credit will still need to pay credit-hour tuition."

For more information on the INT Video Boot Camp for Educators, contact the INT Department at (785) 628 5373.

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