Lights, camera, action!
Three students, three expressions of art at Moravian, an original documentary created by, and starring, Moravian students will air on PBS39 February 14 and 16 at 7:30 and 11 p.m.
Six students—Emily Cohen, ’12 executive producer and editor; Brittany Garzillo ’13, lead reporter; Rachael Hood '13, camera operator; Shannon Smith, ’13 lighting; Jonathan Gutierrez, ’13 production assistant; and Michael Clark, ’12 still photographer and contacts—were provided (by PBS39) with the equipment they would need including cameras, light kits and microphones.
They worked at the station and learned from the experts to take an idea, write a script, conduct interviews and edit their final work, turning it into a professional production.
Their goal was to focus on Moravian’s art department and detail how three exceptional students used art to express themselves and illustrate who they really are. Alanah Cervantes ’12 has a self-designed major in theatre arts and the craft of direction. Alexandra Borden ’13 is a music major, and the third student, John Strader, is a photography major.
The documentary takes an in-depth look at what brought these three to Moravian and how the college’s unique academic atmosphere and excellent faculty have helped them excel in their chosen medium.
“The course at PBS offered students an ideal opportunity for a hands-on learning experience at an award-winning television studio,” says Krista Steinke, chair and associate professor of art and faculty coordinator for this course. “Beyond learning the basic skills and techniques that go into producing a professional video piece, students learned how to conceptualize an idea, work together in a team, and produce a work that is broadcast on television. The benefits from this course go beyond the classroom as students can put this opportunity on their professional resumes and use the project in their portfolios if they choose to go into a related field.”
Pete Pellegrino, the course instructor, has worked in news production around the country for 20 years, and has taught several classes on this topic. “It was a privilege to work with the fine young students from Moravian College and share my enthusiasm for journalism,” he says. “I hope this partnership between Moravian and PBS39 will grow.”
Production U was the brainchild of Amy Burkett, PBS39’s station manager. She has taught this course successfully to high school students in a summer camp setting, and decided to expand it to college students.
“Production U was an incredible opportunity to share our passion and skill for video production with the next generation. I’m very impressed with the final product by Moravian students. They learned far more than production skills. They learned time management, teamwork and the thrill of deadline pressure,” says Amy Burkett PBS39 television station manager. “I look forward to working with future Moravian students and advancing this exciting partnership.”