Bright future: Trinity seniors find niche producing showPublished 12:01am Thursday, September 13, 2012
NATCHEZ — It’s been lights, camera, action at Trinity Episcopal Day School since two seniors started a weekly web show called “Trinity Talk.”ft.
The show, which is posted on YouTube and shown to the entire school on Fridays, features a blend of school news, teacher and student interviews as well as special weekly segments.
Senior Wesley Gore spearheaded the project after being approached by Les Hegwood, head of school, about starting a weekly school show.
“I was a little iffy at first because I didn’t really know if I could do it, but once we started filming and editing it all came together,” Gore said. “The first week was to mainly get it off the ground and show people this is the direction we want to take it.
“Now we’re using more things like the green screen and doing different segments.”
Since taking a graphic design class at the school, Gore said he has become more interested in photography and videography — reaching the point of asking for his own personal video camera for Christmas last year.
“We learned a lot of the technical aspects like lighting techniques in that class, so it was just applying what we learned in the class to the videos,” Gore said. “But I mainly do all the creative stuff and (Murphy Aldridge) does the more technical aspect like everything you don’t see on screen.”
Aldridge, also a senior, said the most difficult technical details with the show have been lighting and sound.
“We have three different light stands, so we have to figure out how to play with those to get it to look right,” Aldridge said. “Learning how to hookup the different microphones and how they’re compatible has been difficult.”
Apart from reporting and gathering school news from the various teachers across the school, Gore said he wanted to add some special segments — like “As the Bell Rings” — to make the show unique to Trinity.
“I knew we needed a little edge of comedy and what could be better than a mini soap opera based at Trinity?” Gore said. “We also have other segments that we’ll keep relevant to something happening that week.”
This week’s show will feature a tribute to Sept. 11 with interviews from students and teachers, Gore said.
“The skits and special segments are a good way to keep students involved,” Gore said. “Eventually as production grows, we’ll have more people involved.”
Hegwood echoed Gore’s thoughts of using the show to get more students involved and also said it was a way of documenting the students’ lives at Trinity.
“It reflects all aspects of student life from a student perspective,” Hegwood said. “Also, the senior class walks away with a documented senior year.
“It’s an archived document that tells the story of these students during their time at Trinity.”
Having seen a successful web show run at his previous school in Chattanooga, Tenn., Hegwood said the thought of bringing one to Trinity just fell into place after meeting Gore.
“I knew that Wesley had the skills to put the show together and that he’s a very articulate and creative person,” Hegwood said. “We have a lot of those people here, and I’m hoping there’s some healthy competition in the upcoming students to keep this going through the years.”
The videos can be seen by visiting this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/TETrinityTalk