Cartooning, tripods, and confidence: students overcome obstacles during a video journalism shoot.

June 17, 2015

Michelle Easton, owner/director of the Young Rembrandts, is interviewed about her Cartooning Under the Sea class.

Brittany Murphy

Michelle Easton, owner/director of the Young Rembrandts, is interviewed about her Cartooning Under the Sea class.

Three students entered a classroom in Northern Kentucky University’s Founders Hall with equipment bags hanging off their shoulders. Only mere minutes after arriving, the students faced their first hurdle. Two of their three tripods were broken.

Standing in the Cartooning Under the Sea class with one functional tripod, the students adapted quickly. In a generous act, the tripod was passed around the room as the students switched between handheld and the more stable option of a tripod.

With crisis avoided, the students got to work. The first thing on the to-do list: B-roll. Due to the class ending 45 minutes after they arrived, the students had to insure they captured enough b-roll footage for their video.

Hesitant at first, an encouraging word from their mentor sparked a fire. The group of three entered the small maze of tables to get up and personal with the young artists with a found confidence, which proved to be the theme of the day.

As the students moved on to the interviews, their confidence in their own skills became beneficial when Rita Grant, an art instructor, expressed nervousness about being interviewed.

“The tools we learned here helped make them comfortable,” said Shubrath Shetty, sophomore at The Seven Hills Schools, about the interviewees. After asking Grant her name and what she was doing there, or as taught to them the day prior as the “number one question”, Grant relaxed and was able to answer her questions with more conviction.

Confidence made a final appearance from Grant when she explained how art builds up the children’s confidence. She also said it was the most important thing the students took from the class and she saw it when the children called themselves an artist.

“Every child is an artist until someone tells them they’re not,” Grant explained.

The questions continued to flow, the students even opted to go a few minutes into their own lunch time to ask their remaining questions.

On their way back for lunch, the students expressed pride; each of them having huge smiles and praise for their entire groups, no matter what obstacles they had to face.

“We had setbacks, but we pushed through it,” said Elizabeth Juengling, sophomore at Highland High School.
“It was a learning experience,” said Amilcar Enrique-Torres, sophomore at Walnut Hills High School. “It was good to practice interviewing; it prepares us for the real world.”

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