Mr. Hunter Ducharme
Have you ever needed to make a video for one of your classes at CVU? Three years ago it wasn’t as easy to as it is now. There was no green screen, no sound room, and taking out equipment was nearly impossible. Or, at least, it was nearly impossible until several film teachers talked to Nick Molander, a CVU administrator, about upgrading the AV room to better meet the needs of students.
Image courtesy of Mr. Gary Lambert
Molander and Adam Bunting, CVU principal, understood the issues teachers brought up and took action. Bunting sought out Gary Lambert, who was teaching at Burlington Tech Center to fill the vacant media position at CVU. “I was impressed with the work he did over at Burlington Tech. He built a studio and program over at Burlington that kids fell in love with,” said Bunting.
That’s exactly what Bunting wanted Lambert to do at CVU, and Lambert’s expertise made it happen. Lambert went to work, finding out what students and faculty wanted and needed. “It was my dream since I walked in the door to build a studio kids could use. They hadn’t had anything like it,” Lambert expressed.
Image courtesy of Mr. Gary Lambert
Since Lambert has come to CVU, there is now an entire studio in room 116 that includes almost everything you would see in a professional studio. It has everything from a green screen to a soundboard. The room is even carpeted to reduce the amount of echo when filming. There is a separate sound room inside the studio for strictly recording audio. This room is almost completely soundproof, and they are working to make the whole studio soundproof so there won’t be any outside noise.
Ms. Elena Crites
Every-other Tuesday at 10:00 am, CVU Student Body Co-President and Student Council News Anchor, Nicole Eaton, is hard at work. Along with notorious CVU AV expert Gary Lambert, Nicole produces bi-weekly news segments in order to inform the student body on the goings-on of the CVU community.
Nicole Eaton rocking the SCN anchor spot (and cross-promoting CVU Basketball)
This is Nicole’s first year anchoring, and she was selected not only due to her Student Council position but also because of her strong interest in broadcasting and her experiences within the field. She says that while filming this year’s welcome video, she talked with Gary regarding her college plans to study communications as well as her experiences during an internship she had with FOX 44 and ABC Local 22.
The CVU anchor position was still yet to be filled, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. “ I [love anchoring the SCN], just because this summer, when I was watching the anchors for the FOX 44 and ABC Local 22, it was really inspiring, and I didn’t really get a chance to actually practice the skills that I was seeing them use… [Now] I’m using [those] skills and it’s fun that people get to see me and that I get to see myself do something that I want to do in the future.” For Nicole, anchoring is not only an enjoyable extra-curricular activity, but also a great addition to the resume of a future communications major.
Mr. Cole Casale
“The media center room was built as part of a plan to create a way to teach video production and media literacy at CVU.” This was the foundation that the CVU video production room was built on, according to Gary Lambert. “Everything that is included in the room and the resources and help available are all in place so students are able to use them and become more comfortable with video production, which will, in turn, help to increase media literacy.”
At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year at CVU, students were surprised to see the new production room that had been built over the summer. With this surprise came many questions about the space. Lambert speaks about the room and all of the benefits that come with its creation.
Unfortunately, many students don’t feel like they can use it for a number of reasons. Lambert wanted to change this mindset, saying, “because we took over a classroom, it’s our space to schedule. It’s really just [for] anybody that is interested [in] coming into 118 and we can figure out a time that we can do what people are coming up with.” Students and faculty with an interest in learning to use this new resource are more than welcome.
Photo Courtesy of Charlie MacFadyen