Some might not be aware of it, but Mast TV is home to the Video Production Club. The club was founded last year by sophomore Kyle Sturmer. Sturmer, a journalism major, had the idea to start the club once he noticed that Mast TV was very news-based. He decided to help the station branch out our horizons.
“I thought it would be fun to create an environment where people learn to make movies,” Sturmer said. “Filmmaking has so many different elements coming together, different talents, writing and acting.”
At the end of the year, the Video Production Club hopes to host a film festival which will showcase all their work throughout the year. They also want to expand from short films by working on documentaries.
“If you’re interested in any aspect of film or you just want to learn, we’re a welcoming community,” Sturmer said. “You don’t have to know anything, you just have to want to learn and make movies.”
It can be a little overwhelming at first, but learning how to use a camera isn’t as hard as it seems. Once you get the hang of it, recording and editing videos can be fun. Seeing your finished product on YouTube, Facebook and even News @ Nine can be very rewarding. Nowadays, newsrooms want you to do everything. They want you to write well and know how to use a camera to create a video package for online content.
If you’re interested in a career in the journalism or film world, I encourage you to stop by the Video Production Club’s meetings.
The club meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the Mast TV Studio, AUC 174.