Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Stacie Bae, Rei Fukuzawa, and Jack Voss

Aidan Hart and Leilani Phan

Video Production is a great class if you’re interested in film production. This year-long class has an important impact on Kalani as it runs the daily Morning Bulletin and films episodes for PBS’s Hiki No series. 

“I am interested in filmmaking and video production,” Video Production student Stacie Bae (12) said. “So I thought this class would be a great experience for me to have.”

This class is taught by Ms. Nasser, who has a tremendous amount of experience thanks to her Master in Fine Arts degree in film production from the University of Southern California and over a decade of experience working in the film industry. 

“She can provide us with a lot of advice and tips on how to better ourselves for video making,” Bae says. “She is very straightforward and isn’t afraid to critique.”

Video Production is a good start to learning the basics of scripting, videomaking, and video editing. This class also improves skills such as teamwork and creative thinking.

“Obviously, when you’re making a script, you need everyone’s input, and when you are filming you do need to work together,” Bae said.  

This 2021-2022 school year, in the first semester students were required to make one episode for PBS’s Hiki No series. That episode, a How-To about rollerskating, will air in December 2021.

After the first semester, students are asked to write, shoot and record two videos per quarter.

Stacie Bae says the highlights are collaborating creatively with her classmates and being able to take part in the creative process of making something.

For Morning Bulletin, video production students meet with volunteers every morning at 7:30 a.m. in the Kalani library and set up a live stream that airs during the first five minutes of Periods 1 and 2. During class time, students are either around campus filming or in the classroom working on scripts or editing rough cuts. 

“This class mostly relates to just how scheduling works because of strict deadlines and we don’t have a stable location sometimes,” Bae says. 

If a camera is something you love, you should join Video Production. It’s a good way of getting the basic skills if you are thinking about pursuing a career in filmmaking! It is open to all students, grades 9 to 12. 

“I hope to become a film producer, so having basic skills are necessary for me to become one,” Bae passionately said.