“Grade 2 TV Scene 1 Take 1”
Scene 1: UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
It’s clearly a nerve-racking experience for the teacher as he marches a large group of eight year olds through the MacEwan Hall cafeteria during a busy lunch hour. He quickly understands what is meant by “encounters with public.” Making their way to the third level, the grade 2 students arrive at New University Television (NUTV). Today, these budding filmmakers will get a behind the scenes look at the equipment and people that go into making a TV show. They will even get to perform with a green screen!
The students return to school inspired! Now that they’ve worked with the experts it’s time to launch their own TV station. After much debate, the name G2TV is chosen and a logo is designed. Grade 8s teach them how to digitize the logo. Scripts for commercials, current events and weather broadcasts are created.
After much practice the filming day finally arrives! Each group has a director, cameraperson, sound, production assistant(s) and actor(s). Filming will take place in the CTF lab, where “the big kids hang out.” The PAs setup the lights, tripod and camera, while the director prepares the actors. Once the cameraperson and sound are in place the Director calls, “quiet on the set,” and just like that the first live recording of Grade 2 TV has begun!