Lights, camera, action! This month at Florence Crittenton High School, KidsTek students stepped into the director’s chair to make their own school promo videos. To give them some inspiration and advice, the team at VP Legacies, a video production and communications company that has been a long-time friend of KidsTek, dropped by the classroom last week. Hector Simoudis and Jonny Havey, CEO and COO of VP Legacies, respectively, told students their individual paths to their present careers and offered specific advice for students to master the art of video production.
“Jonny and Hector have visited many of my classes, besides their other work with KidsTek, and it’s always a treat. It’s great for students to be able to listen to and get feedback from experts in the fields they are beginning to explore,” said KidsTek Senior Instructor Emily Tow.
Students in KidsTek’s “Intro to Computer Science” class at Florence Crittenton are currently learning about different types of digital media. Their capstone project is to create a video advertisement for their school. Some students interviewed their friends, asking why other Denver-area teens should consider Florence Crittenton. Others spoke with administrators, counselors, and teachers about why Florence Crittenton is a unique school and why people in the community should get involved and donate to or volunteer with Florence Crittenton.
During Hector and Jonny’s talk, students described problems they had encountered in the production process and asked advice for how to make their videos the best they could be. From defining B-roll to discussing the science behind the power of video and audio communication, the VP Legacies team helped deepen and illuminate in a real-world fashion the ideas that students had learned in class.