Dartmouth High students take video production work on the road

Nov 1, 2019

Dartmouth High School media production students’ talent is getting noticed across the state.

Recently, two groups of students showcased their video talents at two different events. A group of students produced a live talk show at Gillette Stadium during an education conference, while another group of students earned a prize from a state road safety video competition. 

Sabrina Santiago, Dakota Azevedo, and Emily Daggett took second place in the freshman/sophomore category of MassDOT’s Safe Streets Smart Trips video contest. 

The contest, which was open to all high school students, challenged students to produce a one-minute commercial on traffic and pedestrian safety. Dartmouth High media teacher Robert Perrotti put the competition out as an assignment. 

The group came up with a superhero theme. Their superhero, Super Pam, flies to the rescue as a pedestrian enters a crosswalk with eyes glued to a phone. 

“We were just thinking of something creative to do and thought a superhero video would be more interesting to people,” Daggett said. 

Both Daggett and Azevedo noted the biggest challenge with the video was getting the segments of the superhero flying just right. It had to be carefully produced to fit with the rest of the video.

“We had to go back out and do it a few times — three to four times,” Azevedo noted. 

The group traveled to Boston to present their video and accept the award. It gave the students an opportunity to see what other award-winning students had produced, both noted. 

A second group of students also had an opportunity to show their peers what they do. Students Andrew Reed, Caden Lisa, Hollie Raposo, and Kyle Silva traveled to Foxboro to participate in MassCUE, a statewide conference for educators. 

Students participated in a special segment for students, and set up a live talk show at Gillette Stadium to both interview fellow students, and show those attending the conference the type of work they do. 

 “What we do is a little self-explanatory, so we wanted to see what everyone else does across Massachusetts, so we interviewed kids from Acushnet, a coding team from Dover,” Lisa said. 

Lisa noted it was the first time students used their portable unit outside of school, which allows them to produce live videos on the go. Although the video was not aired live, it was treated as a live show. 

While the MassCUE video is still being edited, the MassDOT video is available to watch now on DHSTVMedia’s YouTube page.