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    Video Production at Lake Washington High School


    Video Production at LWHS

    Editor’s note: Photo is from early 2020, before the pandemic.

    In the fast-paced world we live in, businesses and organizations know it is critical to find new, unique ways to convey their product or message to stand out in the crowd of marketers vying for attention. Videos are nothing new, but over the years, they are certainly proving to be a powerful, effective tool that has revolutionized the way companies engage with their customers. Video production skills are in high-demand, and an integral component to a company’s success.

    That’s why Lake Washington High School (LWHS) is introducing students to this career path in their Video Production 1 and 2 courses. The courses are taught by Su Ring-Vitue, an award-winning producer formerly from KING5 News. With 31 years of experience in the industry, now she’s sharing her expertise and wealth of knowledge with her students. Because of her, students are exploring important elements of video production, while gaining 21st century skills to prepare them for the global workforce.

    These courses are part of a Skilled and Technical Science pathway. They are part of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses offered in Lake Washington School District (LWSD).

    In a traditional school year, students are introduced to filmmaking by using digital video cameras and professional editing software. Ring Vitue helps guide the students through the steps required to produce a quality video. They develop producing skills from start to finish, including planning, writing, directing and editing. 

    In Video Production 1, students typically learn how to produce basic movies and videos. They also have the opportunity to work in the school’s TV studio to produce a weekly news program called “KANG News.” 

    This year, students are learning the basics of editing videos and photos through Adobe Spark and Adobe Premiere Pro. Ring Vitue also started breakout sessions, where students are producing public service announcements (PSA) through Microsoft Teams.

    As they move into Video Production 2, students would normally enhance their skills through advanced techniques in image acquisition with an increased emphasis on editing live action video footage. Many of these videos will be used for Kang News and film festivals.

    This year, advanced students are honing their skills from conceptualizing, writing and storyboarding to filming and editing videos. They worked on a variety of projects, where they produced movie trailers, self-reflective videos, gratitude videos and more.

    “Video Production classes elevate students in many ways,” said Ring Vitue. “Students are encouraged to develop creative thinking skills and then bring their imagination to life. They also learn to communicate, exchange ideas, negotiate and compromise. These skills will be handy no matter which career path a student decides to pursue.”
    LWSD offers six different-state approved CTE programs. Within each program, there are 16 nationally recognized career clusters. These courses integrate academics with technical skill development to help prepare students for higher-level courses in college and for high demand, high skill, high wage jobs. Middle schools and high schools offer a wide range of CTE courses. 

    To learn how you can take a CTE course, check out your local school catalog.