WLTV Productions is a community television station of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.
Currently, students in the TV Class or students involved in the WLTV internship program at Walled Lake Western High School have the opportunity to produce, videotape, and edit a variety of programs that air on WLTV.
Tell us about your background and how you decided to start teaching TV/Video production?
My name is Stephanie Doppke, I am the supervisor of WLTV for Walled Lake Consolidated School District. I have been working within the public schools and community television for the past 11 years. This is my fourth year with WLTV. I went to Specs Howard School of Media Arts and then Siena Heights University where I earned my bachelor’s degree in broadcast technology.
Live entertainment and all aspects of television production are my passion. I chose a career in public education, teaching television production, because I enjoy working with young adults, teaching them the entire television production process.
How did you obtain initial funding for your program? How do you fund the class now?
The Walled Lake School District has funded the WLTV program at Walled Lake Western High School from its General Fund and community supported bond funding. The District believes all of the arts, including media production, are invaluable opportunities for students. The District is fortunate to work collaboratively with the Western Oakland County Cable Communications Authority, WOCCCA, who continually and consistently, supports WLTV.
Did you have equipment available?
Yes. With the help of WOCCCA, we are fortunate to be training our students on professional state-of-the-art equipment in our studio. Our goal is to have students use and learn video equipment that they will see in the “real world.”
How many kids are in the TV/Video Production classes? How is it broken down? Is it a multi-year program? Our program is divided into three program opportunities. Walled Lake Schools’ offers introduction to Television and Advanced Television classes. Students also have the opportunity to audition, train and become a member of the WLTV Internship program. Each class varies in size, and some courses are full-year opportunities. The WLTV Internship program offers students “real world” production opportunities.
Can you tell us a little more about the sessions: How long are the classes? How many students? What types of projects?
The TV production classes, Introduction or Advanced, are hour-long classes that are offered each semester. Students are responsible for creating the daily school news, recording/taping after school activities, and creating their own video projects; such as a short film, documentary, or public service announcement. Some of the student projects are selected to be the District’s official entries in various film festivals.
The WLTV Internship program is an after-school program that allows Advanced TV students to receive hands-on learning with the video equipment. WLTV student Interns sign up to record school events, such as athletic competitions, or community events. They choose the position they would like to work for each event, such as; director, talent, camera operator, or CG. Each shoot they can work a different position. The internship program gives TV students the opportunity to experience working on live shoots outside of the studio with advanced remote studio equipment.
How many kids to do the morning news broadcast? Do you also do a weekly broadcast? Special events coverage?
There is no set number of students that create the morning news. It can be anywhere from 5 to 15 students, it all depends on the day. WLTV students tape monthly and special events throughout the District. For example, the superintendent has a quarterly show that is created in the WLTV studios. This show highlights exemplary student, staff and District programs and events, in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.
Do your students capture other school events? Sports? Assemblies? Board meetings? Musical Performances? Yes, we capture a variety of sporting events; football, basketball, volleyball, etc… We also record many award ceremonies and other school and community events, such as local parades.
The remarkable thing about the TV class and the WLTV internship opportunities, is that the students really learn all aspects of television production. The students rotate and take turns learning each production position; technical director, audio operator, camera, on-air talent, teleprompter, script writer and so on. For the TV class we rotate each week, but for the internship, students rotate for each shoot.
Do students audition for on-air positions?
No, each student has their strengths and we utilize students to ensure everyone receives the opportunity to learn all aspects of television production. Some students prefer not to be on camera and some are very comfortable in front of the camera. On-air positions are afforded to all students who would like that experience.
Yes, they are responsible for writing, re-writing and editing, their own scripts.
How long does the show run?
The daily newscast is 5 minutes or less.
Do you submit programming to independent contests?
Can your broadcast be viewed outside the school? District-wide? Local cable access? On your school/district web-site?
Yes, locally, WLTV airs on Comcast Channel 10 and Bright House Network Channel 20. For viewing outside of the District, we air on AT&T Channel 99. You can also see some of the student’s work and other information by visiting the WLTV website: www.wltv.wlcsd.org
Where do you post programming? YouTube? Vimeo? SchoolTube? SVN-TV? Other?
Do you have an equipment list you can share with our readers?
We use Newtek Tricaster 850 for both studio and field shoots. We also use Sony and Hitachi HD cameras. We edit all of our videos with Avid Media Composer.