Keith Lovelace (Spring 2011)

My name is Keith Lovelace. I’m a junior at FLHFHS. I’m 16 years old and I look forward to doing interviews and maybe some filming on segments. I also look forward to going on trips around my community. I think FLTV is fun and one of my favorite classes right now.

March 9, 2011-Production Journal

On March 7, I went to the Democracy Now station in NYC. I went to the station to help with the people who were interviewing Sharif Abdel Kaddous, a reporter who witnessed the Egypt Revolution in January 2011. My crew role for that day was the photographer. I took pictures of the crew filming and the interviewers preparing to start. I think I did great and I learned a lot from the photo techniques we learned in class. Next time, I’ll get more of the setting of the place we go and watch for lighting in the set also.

What I learned from the interviewee, Sharif Abdel Kaddous, was the power of social networking and how serious people get when they reach a breaking point. I also learned that a lot of more focusing and discussing on topics are showed in non-commercial studio. I think this is a great experience and will impress people when I mention it in conversations and even when I’m the one getting interviewed for a job.

Spring 2011 FLTV Reflection

After the success of FLTV’s first episode of Season 6, the school had spring break. During spring break, friends and members of FLTV began to realize there were a lot of deaths within two weeks. I remember seeing people typing RIP on Facebook, people saying they’re going to funerals, and at most, crying. I myself wasn’t affected by these deaths, but my friends were. It was enough for me to realize that teen violence needed to stop, or least be toned down. When we came back from spring break, we could tell that there was something in the air, that made the school seem so quiet, and lamenting. For our first class in FLTV we were brainstorming ideas for our next episode, and then we mentioned the deaths we saw on the internet. We decided to brain storm, again, ideas on how to address this on our next episode. We came up with ideas, like interviewing students who lost someone close to them during spring break, or possibly in general. We also came up with placing teen death statistics in our episode, how people are tired of hearing the slang around them, talking to kids in middle school about how to be safe and most of all, us talking about the episode to show that we were really concerned about it. Most kids didn’t want to be interviewed, due to them being sensitive about the situation, so it was kind of hard to find some. I knew that the interviews with students will affect the other students in the school since we all know each other.
Then, we came up with throwing a get together of some sort to let people be aware of the teen violence. We decided to throw a block party by FLTV and the school. In the episode, we talked about how we would like to have activities like basketball, volleyball, face painting and Skelsies. Then we came up with different activities like poetry and quilt making. While our teacher was doing to block party things, we were working on the episode. After we were done with the episode, we needed a way to spread it out to the school. We talked to our principal, and she then said that she will let the teachers of the school let us present the episode to the advisories. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have a whole block for the block party/fair. So then, we had to rush up on the panning of the fair. While doing so, we were going from advisory to advisory presenting the episode and what people thought of it. There was some positive feedback, and equal negative feedback asking us what will this do to teen violence. The fair wasn’t able to get a speaker to talk to the students about teen violence, and first I was getting somewhat worried.
Someone came up with the idea of getting t-shirts with messages to give out the students. We also came up with the idea of getting chains/tags that will have “Live In Peace” on them, instead of “R.I.P” on them, since we saw these chains on students here and there. Now, I felt like the fair will come out great. I helped making the shirts, and designing them. I also helped with the tag designs. We got other students and surprisingly some teachers to help with the activities.
When the day came, I barely remember doing any school work, just helping around with anything toward the fair. A handful of students began helping the FLTV crew with fixing the tags, placing t-shirts outside, the food, assembling the basketball and volleyball section. It all seemed to work out just fine. I believe that the scheduling wasn’t right, yet reasonable. During the fair, I was recording students and what they felt about it, the students playing games, and getting their face painted. I was also helping a lot with the volleyball, which was one of the best activities to me. Towards the end, it got somewhat tiring, but I think it was worth it. At the end FLTV, and some of the past members gathered up, and we all took some balloons, and let them go in the air as a sign that the people who died ever to teen violence, will be remembered.
Not only did this affect our school, but even our community. We got the Daily News to interview some of us, and we were in the Newspaper. Hopefully, with this experience and all the positive feedback we got with this, we can have another fair with a different cause, and even better activities and more people. Using this, this can become something bigger than ever imagined.

Throughout the year, FLTV can easily be said as one of my favorite classes. It was fun, educational, and full of experiences. What I learned as a producer was really the basics, like holding a video camera and a regular camera, white balances and how to adjust the shoots or pictures to look better. I also learned how to use Final Cut Express, which is very easy to me now and how to interview people the right way without any lost or confusing information. I think the hardest part was getting the equipment adjusted, the planning and sudden changes, and things to cut in and out of the episode. I like working at my own pace, so these challenges were difficult, yet worth it. I think that most fun about FLTV was that it didn’t feel like a class, it just felt like a break from the regular schedule to do something fun yet educational. I also liked the fact that all you needed to do in order to roam around the school was to simply have a press pass. Hopefully, I will have FLTV next year, more specifically my last semester of senior year. I think FLTV helped me in many ways, because now if I have video my senior year, I would already have some experience. FLTV also helped me think about taking video, or film in college. I think I grew most in the academic area of FLTV. I learned a lot with film, and it showed me that school after high school won’t just be tests and quizzes, but more experiences depending on what I want to take in college. I think I also grew with being comfortable about my community, and that a school is only going to get better by the people in it.