Jerry Poling UW-Stout
A group of students will make history on Saturday, May 7 as the first graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s video production program.
The students, Devin Leary, Dimitri Luna, Wesley Phillips, Colin Podborny and Claire Taubel, will also leave a farewell gift to the community where they graduated with a bachelor’s degree, a gift that could change lives and will no doubt serve as an example. of the power of video.
They created two videos for Project Hope, Menomonie’s proactive fight against substance abuse and crime, including the high incidences of meth use in Dunn County. The videos are their main project, which they will discuss on Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m., at the School of Art and Design Senior Show.
“It will leave an impact on the community if they see it,” said Taubel, the team’s producer. “We handled it professionally and were able to make this incredible product that we are all proud of.”
The Senior Show will feature students discussing and exhibiting their work throughout the Applied Arts Building and in the Micheels Room, as well as virtually nearly 120 total projects from six art and design majors.
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As part of the event, a grand opening of the Digital Process Lab will take place from 4-6 p.m., Applied Arts Room 119, featuring major donor and alumnus Bill Flesch; Noah Norton Portfolio Prize, 5 p.m., room 216 Applied Arts; Best of Design Student Art Exhibit Award, 5:30 p.m., Michaels Hall Atrium; and Student Artist in Residence Award, 5:45 p.m., Michaels Hall Atrium.
Furlong Gallery will present the Best of Design and Student Artist-in-Residency art exhibitions until Saturday, September 10.
The Project Hope team effortProject Hope’s video team created a five-minute public service announcement and a 40-minute training video, based on interviews with local officials.
The process for the city to implement Project Hope began in 2019 and officially began in 2020. Partners include Dunn County Social Services, the Criminal Justice Collaborative Council, Arbor Place, the Dunn County for Youth, Menomonie School District, Stepping Stones and Suite.
The PSA includes interviews with Police Chief Eric Atkinson, Mayor Randy Knaack, Youth Services Officer Maloree Zassenhaus and social workers Tracy Erickson and Melissa Duffenbach, as well as Tom Sampson and Jennifer Harris of the Machine Shed, a Menomonie Fitness Center where those in the program can use the facilities one night a week to help turn their lives around.
“Project Hope is about more than tackling crystal meth and opioid use. It’s about providing a healthier future for the youth of the community. It’s about connecting those struggling with addiction and mental health issues with the right tools to seek treatment and remove potential barriers to their recovery,” said Brenna Jasper, crime prevention specialist with the service of police.
“These videos will help us connect with a wider audience to educate the community about what Project Hope is and what it has done so far and could possibly do for them. This will show other communities that it There are real evidence-based strategies that can be used to create a healthier community for everyone.
- Leary, de Tomah, editor
- Luna, from Menomonie, director of photography
- Phillips, of Stillwater, manager
- Podborny, of Fox River Grove, Illinois, director of camera/motion graphics.
The public service announcement sends a strong message, Taubel said, to help the community support the project and will be used to promote Project Hope to other interested communities and organizations.
The training video contains interview segments to help those interested learn more about how Project Hope works.
“Hearing their stories in long form provides insight into what Project Hope does well and shows how it helps the community,” Taubel said.
Jasper said the team “did a fantastic job creating professional-looking videos, and we couldn’t be happier. They have the potential to impact not just the Menomonie community, but people around the world as well. others in our area and around the state. That’s why we knew it was important that these videos look polished and professional, and the team absolutely nailed it. I’m thrilled with the outcome . »
“Puzzling and motivating”
The team worked on the videos for approximately two months, including writing scripts and interview questions, planning and conducting nearly a dozen interviews, researching b-roll – video footage support – to help bring the subject matter to life, editing the tape and creating a final product. which met with the approval of the police department.
B-roll included city workers working with middle school students in Menomonie. “It was good to see that, even though it’s a tough subject to talk about at such a young age,” Taubel said.
The team has created a third video – a recap of their thoughts on working on the project – which they will play at the Senior Show with the PSA.
“It was an exhausting but very real project as a customer experience for our students,” said Assistant Professor Keif Oss.
Canon USA provided C300-MKII cameras, cinema zooms and bounties for the project.
“We had everything we needed to make this project amazing. It helped prepare me for the real world,” said Taubel, who has two summer courses to complete before starting her career.
“It was a great experience for us. The videos are impactful and motivational,” she added.
The Video Production Program and the Police Department worked with the UW-Stout Office of Research and Sponsored Programs on approving the effort.
The Bachelor of Science program started in 2019 after the approval of the UW system. It trains students to create professional videos to meet business and industry needs.