Nashua students visit NYC

Courtesy photo Nashua Technology Center video production and broadcasting students get an overview of a camera during their trip to New York City earlier this month. Every other year, students are able to attend this trip to further explore the field.

NASHUA – Video production and broadcasting students took a trip to New York City earlier this month, an adventure offered to students every other year.

While in the Big Apple, students worked on their film skills at the New York Film Academy, studied Hitchcock and Animation at the Paley Center, and got a personal tour of the Museum of Moving Images.

Nashua High School South’s Video Production & Broadcasting two-year program establishes a foundation of skills for those interested in a media career. Program standards for the students include learning camera, audio, lighting, editing, and pre-production skills. They also learn how to produce live television production, all while using high-tech equipment that matches the industry.

Emi McDonald, a senior in the program, said this trip is crucial to encouraging growth and exploration in the media industry.

“The students involved in video production and broadcasting are extraordinarily unique and creative, and no two students will take the same path post high school,” McDonald said. “By giving these incredibly talented young adults the resources and opportunity to experience a Broadway-level production, tour colleges and take workshops, explore the history and growth of the industry, and explore one of the greatest film and entertainment empires in the world strengthens the love, excitement and passion for their valued arts.”

McDonald said her instructor truly helps to ease students into the real world with their “unfathomable course knowledge,” and helps them focus with realistic application.

She added, “As a future video production major, I believe the NYC trip should be heavily encouraged and readily available. I left NYC more excited about college and inspired by all the possible paths I can take.”

Senior Matt MacDonald said, “The trip gave us the opportunity to do workshops outside of the class and see the similarity and differences from what we do in class. It was one of the most fun weekends I’ve ever had and it lets the students and teachers get to have fun and develop a better relationship.”

Senior Isaac Wamushiyi added, “I feel like this trip really taught me some new things about the history of film and it was a good hands-on experience in some great professional places that I would like to go in the future.”