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It was a project three years in the making.

Steve Black, owner of WOLW Video in Fort Payne, now teaches three audio-visual classes at Fort Payne High School.

The Introduction to Broadcast Video class began this school year, Black said. He said next semester students would be able to take a more advanced class that will focus on camera operation, studio setup and delve deeper into editing platforms.

Wildcat Productions is set up in the bottom of third building on the FPHS campus and features a classroom setting and a studio, which features three different sets, including a news desk and two living room-style sets with furniture donated by Akins Furniture.

This semester, each group was given a project they have to finish during the semester.

“They have to produce a 1-minute video ad with titles, graphics and animations,” Black said. “They have to produce it without physical assistance from me. Each person in the group has a different job such as camera operator, editor, animation and line producer.

“They are pretty much being treated as employees of FP TV when they are in class,” Black continued. “There are a lot of opportunities in this field for employment, and that’s our goal is to get students those opportunities they may not otherwise have access to.”

During the Wildcats’ regular football season, FP TV students were on the sidelines helping to capture each game on film.

“Colleges are dying to have people who know how to use cameras to film sporting events for their institutions,” Black said. “We are giving them that experience here, so that could be a real opportunity for them. Eventually, we want to send them out to film things that aren’t school related to give a wider range of experience.”

each game on film.

“Colleges are dying to have people who know how to use cameras to film sporting events for their institutions,” Black said. “We are giving them that experience here, so that could be a real opportunity for them. Eventually, we want to send them out to film things that aren’t school related to give a wider range of experience.”

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