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2017 Stevens Summer Video Camp

Students at Stevens Cooperative School / Newport Campus created their own variety-style television show.


Students enrolled in our Video Production Summer Camp at Stevens Cooperative School in downtown Jersey City had a blast producing, creating, and staring in their very own variety show.

For two weeks, our program in video production taught technical and soft skills – in a fun, accessible way – as students worked together to produce real world videos highlighting each other and their interests.

We coached students on how to present, communicate, and express point of view on camera while building self-confidence, and use video to effectively create a mini-segment. 

Students wrote, rehearsed, and worked in teams behind the scenes before putting it together in front of the camera to self-produce their own video.


After learning the basics and being introduced to our professional equipment, each student used our video production planners to outline, script, produce, and stat in up to 5 separate videos each designed around our curriculum to progressively introduce new skills.

Their video productions were self produced, with students taking turns as script writers, directors, camera operators, and sound / light / producers to support current student on-screen, then rotating through those positions for the next student. 

As a bonus, students were given the option to create, produce, and star in their very own commercials on any imaginary item or service – which included fun tongue-in-cheek concepts such as the Chill-pill-o commercial and infomercial.

Students then helped off-line edit and chose which of their videos they wanted featured in the for their final screening to parents and school staff held theater-style in our room.

We had a blast as well, helping their creations come to life on screen and celebrating how much they learned. Special thanks to Stevens Cooperative, parents, and most of all students for another successful year!


Visit our class section to learn more about upcoming sessions.

Instructor – Kris Van Nest

Goals – Youth having fun as creators is fundamental in our on-camera, video production classes. We teach videography – in a fun, accessible way – as youth work together on screen and behind-the-scenes to produce videos highlighting each other and their interests. Students build on-camera confidence and gain achievement while learning valuable technical and presentation skills. All high resolution photos and videos featured are captured and produced by students themselves!

2017 Stevens Summer Video Camp

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