This semester, students in Andie Walla’s MDIA 3700 Intermediate Video Production class were offered a unique extra credit opportunity. Andie had been contacted by Debby Clark-Lalley from the Athens County Master Gardeners group. Debby was looking for students to help create some videos for her organization. “This was just an excellent opportunity for students to use some of their production skills in a practical way for the community,” Walla said.
Early in the semester during class, students worked on b-roll and interview exercises. “These assignments prepared the students for the extra credit opportunity of creating video packages,” Walla explained. “The students were then able to go out into the world and use their production skills to work with the Athens County Master Gardeners to tell their story.”
Seven students in the Intermediate Video Production class stepped up to take on the extra credit project. Terell Giordani Santos and Matt Lopreste worked with Connie Davidson, an Athens County Master Gardener, to create a video raising awareness about the Wistendahl Native Plant Garden located on East State Street by the Athens County Visitors Bureau offices. The garden is a place to discover native trees, plants, vines, grasses, and shrubs of our region. The students interviewed Davidson, shot b-roll in the garden, and edited together the story.
Sami Edelstein and Jacob Core partnered with Carolyn Sutherland, an Athens County Master Gardener, to tell the story of the Athens County Master Gardener’s informational booth at the Athens Farmer’s Market. The students went to the Farmer’s Market to interview Sutherland and shoot some b-roll. The edited project will help raise awareness about the Athens County Master Gardeners.
Julia McGreevy and Molly Finkenthal worked with Roxanne Malé-Brune, also an Athens County Master Gardener, to highlight the annual Plant Sale. The students interviewed Malé-Brune and shot b-roll to create a visually informative story about the sale. “Roxanne made working on the video for the Athens County Master Gardener's Plant Sale an overall great experience. She was a pleasure to work with and I loved getting out in the community as well as learning about the incredible things done at and before the plant sale,” said Finkenthal.
Tia Savage also worked with Malé-Brune and Pat Huntly, an Athens County Master Gardener, to create a video highlighting the Children’s Garden by the Athens Community Center which is run by the Athens County Master Gardeners. The video will help encourage more community members to get involved with the project. “As master gardeners, a large part of our mission is public outreach. But sometimes getting our message out can be difficult. Working with the students was a great deal of fun and resulted in a collection of videos that we can use to inform others of what we as master gardeners do and maybe inspire others to join us,” stated Malé-Brune.
The four videos that the students created will live on the Athens County Master Gardener’s website. “The videos capture the essence of what the Master Gardener volunteer program of Athens County is all about. The videos will help spread the word about this wonderful program. We are very grateful to the students for their creativity, skills and hard work,” said Clark-Lalley.