Reprinted with permission of Trojan Times Staff Writer, Santo Carbo ‘21
Interested in television or movies? The Wissahickon TV Club is the school’s leading resource for young filmmakers who want a way to get started on or improve their work. The club covers a variety of topics at its meetings, such as pre-production, camera shots, and video editing. Becoming a member is the best way for future filmmakers and newscasters to get hands-on experience and meet new people with similar interests. The club has many alumni in the television and film industries. These individuals have experience working in news, in television, and on movies such as Bradley Cooper’s new film, A Star is Born.
Club meetings consist of a conversation about a cinematic topic such as camera shots, film genres, or broadcasting, where members are encouraged to participate, no matter what level of knowledge they have on the subject. This is most often followed by small groups splitting off and writing, planning, and shooting a short film with the previous lesson in mind. These films will then be edited by the club’s officers and shown at future meetings. This makes for a fun experience for the members, as they get to watch something that they put effort into directing, writing, or acting in on a large screen in front of many people. Plus, there are no shortage of things to do while in the club.
For those interested in making their own short films, there are numerous opportunities. TV Club participates in many film festivals, such as Greenfield, Rough Cut, Lighthouse, The 10 Day, Behind the Lens, WHYY, and our own annual Troy Awards. The club offers not only creative advice on how to make the best short film, but also provides physical resources such as cameras, editing help, and actors – anyone can be a filmmaker or actor.
Along with filmmaking, the Club is also very involved in TV broadcasting. Members get to take advantage of the full studio set by producing mock news segments. Trying out a variety of positions such as anchor, teleprompter, or camera operator is encouraged. Students who are interested in being part of the Wissahickon morning show can talk to the club’s advisor, Dr. Brasch, after any meeting, or they can sign up for one of several TV-related electives next year.
One of the club’s biggest responsibilities are sports shoots. During athletic events such as basketball or soccer games, the club records and commentates the game, interviews coaches and players, and distributes the footage to the Wissahickon School District public access channel. For those interested in news broadcasting or camerawork, this is definitely a great way to practice television related skills or just have fun and try something new and exciting.
WTV meetings are held every other Thursday in room F03. To get more information, visit the WTV Instagram page (@WTVICLUB) or talk to Dr. Brasch down in F hall. The meetings for November are the 1st and 15th – be sure to stop by and checkout the happenings of the Wissahickon TV Club!