Author Paul Halmos once wrote, “The best way to learn is to do." For students in the Film Production Program at Compton High School, those words ring true these days. They are leading a production of a new monthly television show that will highlight the many positive things that are going on in the Compton Unified School District.
The Film Production Program has been available for the last decade and has helped hundreds of students learn television and film production. The decision to launch this television show has given this year’s students an additional opportunity to be intimately involved in a real-time television production.
The first show—which is hosted by Compton School Board President Satra Zurita-- was recorded on Thursday (September 22) and more than 70 students worked on some aspect of the production.
Jonathon who will graduate from Compton High next year says that he is planning on becoming a cinematographer and hopes to get a camera soon to begin his own projects.
Ms. Zurita knows that you impact students in different ways.
“Oftentimes when you can’t reach children through traditional methods, but if you find their interests and most of our kids are interested in some form of digital media, be it in front of the camera, graphics, animation it gives them a reason to get up in the morning and go to school.”
Superintendent Darin Brawley agrees.
“We just received some funding to buy new equipment ... Now, thanks to Superintendent Brawley and Mr. Christopher Calvin, Director of ROPCTE, they got the ball rolling and really supported us a lot. I am very thankful - and am really excited for our students.”
The program will run on the Compton School Channel 26. We will announce the exact telecast dates soon.