Minnesota School of Business – Richfield welcomed ten digital video novices to a three day music video summer camp where they learned the ins and outs of shooting a music video.
The hands-on camp featured Minnesota School of Business – Richfield Adjunct Instructor and Director, Justin Staggs who recently directed the Foo Fighters’ video, “Back and Forth” and local rap artist, Ernest Rhodes. The nine campers ranging in age got a first-hand look on what it takes to shoot a music video from start to finish.
“I didn’t expect it to be this hands-on,” Robert Whiteside, a high-school student from Nevus said. “It was cool to be able to actually do all the work.” For the first two-days, the campers were on set shooting the music video. They got a crash course on lighting and camera operation before shooting footage for the video under the direction of Staggs.
“The creative freedom was amazing,” Justin, a current student at University of Minnesota – Duluth said. “Staggs was awesome.” Between takes, Staggs fielded questions from the campers and continuously asked for their suggestions. At any given time, there were five cameras rolling and the campers were in full command. “It was sweet to use the cameras,” Tanner, a current student at IPR said. “It have us a chance to get feedback.”
After all the footage was shot, the campers got another crash course but this time in Final Cut Pro. They learned how to piece together a full-length video from Minnesota School of Business – Richfield’s Digital Video Program Chair, Wayne Johnson.
“It was great to be able to get a refresher on the Final Cut Pro software,” Justin said who had taken a video course at UMD. “The faculty at Minnesota School of Business – Richfield are really knowledgeable and I learned a lot.”
Each camper had the creative freedom to put together the music video the way they wanted to and at the end of the third day; they had a full-length video that they showed Staggs and Minnesota School of Business – Richfield staff and faculty members.
The final video which will be produced by Staggs will premiere on July 28th at the Minnesota School of Business. The campers will be invited back to share their experience with their family, friends, industry professionals and current Minnesota School of Business students.
“This was a completely new experience in a fairly organized and entertaining package,” Andy, an IPR student said. “This camp really helped me learn about a career-field I’m interested in,” Robert said. “I didn’t know where to start [to look for a school] but being here has helped me a lot.”
Photo Credit: Chris McDuffie Photography