Richmond students learn about television production
Tomic, who has experience acting and working in television and film production in both New York and Hollywood, travels around the country hosting assemblies, and he said it is a labor love.
“I love working with kids. They are my favorite kind of audience,” he said.
By hosting the assemblies, he said it also incorporates his passion for acting and television expertise.
Tomic told the students television is the universal language of humanity.
The assemblies are beneficial he said, because there is power in television, and it often plays a critical role in students’ lives. The assembly is a major motivation for students to keep a critical eye on TV.
Students, in the fifth -through eighth-grades, learned the only difference between the mini-television studio and a regular television studio was the size and the studio didn’t have an antenna to transmit out.
The studio featured a professional television camera, lights, monitor and projector and Tomic showed students the video rack that held a DVD burner, VCR and a professional editing computer.
He also explained about the audio equipment on the audio rack that included an audio monitor, a microphone receiver and a CD player used to add music to the video.
A green screen was set up in the studio and Tomic explained how the green screen can be replaced with a desired image, saving movie and television producers money because they don’t have to travel to different locations with a cast and crew to film.
He also explained the screen is green because no one has green skin tone.
Much to many of the students’ delight, they had an opportunity to stand in front of the green screen and camera while Tomic taught them different terminology used in the television business including cut, or a sharp change in picture and transitions, or a smooth way to go from photo to photo.
By being able to change the backgrounds on the green screen students acted as if they were water skiing, running, making a music video or serving as anchors for a news show.
Students were able to read from a television prompter and Tomic said it teaches them how important it is to be able to know how to read.
Tomic took the footage he caught on camera and edited it into a DVD that he left for Richmond School.
Richmond School Superintendent Cindy Nellums said the students were able to watch the video, and copies will be made available to the students.
The assemblies are also helpful for students to see what careers are available to them in the television and film industry.
At the end of the assembly, Tomic said there were many careers in television, not just acting.
He said a person could design sets or become a costume designer.
Tomic, originally from the former Yugoslovia, came to the United States 10 years ago.
He has worked on independent films, served as the main animator for the television show “Watch Over Me” and did graphics for the television show “Veronica Mars.”
Tomic said, in order to make a good, but cheap film, it is a great thing to be able to do a bit of everything.
Before he left Susanville, Tomic also hosted assemblies at Diamond View School and Johnstonville School on Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9.
He also hosts assemblies at high schools.
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