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Golden Valley video kids heat up Summer Meltdown

GVTV team produces promo video

Posted: April 4, 2009 8:26 p.m.
Updated: April 5, 2009 4:59 a.m.

The Golden Valley High video crew captures a group of students dancing in front of the stage at last year's Summer Meltdown concert. From left: Anthony Akerman with camcorder; Ron Credo, cameraman; and Chris Wolf and Spencer Hammerstad, jib operators.

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A crew of more than a dozen Golden Valley High School TV and film students shot, cut and released a new music video featuring highlights from the marathon Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert last May, when Trapt, Stephen Perkins, The Craze, un:armed, Renfue and another half-dozen local favorites rocked the school’s outdoor amphitheatre for more than 2,000 young fans.

The students' video premiered on the GVTV in-school channel and is now posted on; the five-minute, 51-second clip captures the essence and excitement of the 10-hour event.

The video ends with a short clip of “Jackass” star Wee-Man inviting fans to attend the sixth annual Summer Meltdown, coming up in late May.

The concert is produced each year by students in the Hart school district’s Yes I Can program, which combines students with special needs, usually a form of autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome, with general-education peers.

The process of raising funds, booking talent and staging the concert provides a multitude of opportunities for the students to develop social and professional skills that benefit them in school and outside the classroom.

“The most important thing about (Summer Meltdown) is that it spreads awareness of autism, because not many people know what it is,” said Kristianne Bautista, one of the camera operators in the field at last year’s event and the video clip’s coproducer.

“And just the fact that we got to work with a lot of great performers — that’s one of the best things that anyone can do in film production,” said the Golden Valley senior and Yes I Can classmember.

“We had three stationary cameras and one roving camera that went backstage, around the crowd and into the bands’ dressing rooms,” said senior Austin Dave, GVTV’s technical director on location at Summer Meltdown, and in the studio for GVTV.

“We had our good camera on a crane at the front of the crowd, which got the sweeping shots around the stage and got close up to the bands,” Dave said. “It was pretty nice.”   

In the fall semester, starting with 12-13 hours of raw footage, Bautista and Dave worked on editing and adding a soundtrack to the final video, racking up countless hours of class and lab time on the FinalCut Pro setup in the GVTV studios.

“We had so many great shots, we wanted to keep all of them,” Bautista said.

“When you take a look at the final product, it looks extremely professional,” said Charles Deuschle, video production and GVTV instructor at Golden Valley High since the school opened five years ago.

“I am so proud of the work they have done in class and the professional experience they’re gaining here.”



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