Students turn filmmaking hobby into yearbook
This past school year, Kyle Reynolds and Guy Montgomery could have been the most involved students at Eudora High School. From football to foreign language trips, the two students spent their time during and away from school documenting Cardinal life, from sports to clubs to dances.
"I did go to quite a bit of stuff I didn't normally go to," Reynolds said.
And in return, neither Montgomery nor Reynolds were rewarded for their efforts with a grade or paycheck. Instead, they have the distinction of creating the first Eudora High School video yearbook.
Created in both DVD and VHS, proceeds benefited the Eudora High School's Student Council.
Rey-nolds, who will be a junior in the fall, said showing the year in moving pictures did something the printed page couldn't.
"It doesn't show the good old times," he said. "It will bring back memories better."
The pair took the initiative to create the first-ever video yearbook after teacher Erik Peltzman suggested the idea. Counselor Genea Doerfler helped the students through the process. Reynolds did most of the taping, while Montgomery, who was on vacation during mid-June, was in charge of editing. With help from friend Nolan Smith, the students created a nearly 45-minute long video with action footage and interviews.
"Before each sequence, we interviewed somebody from that club or sport," Reynolds said.
During the computer editing process, which Montgomery had estimated took him about 100 hours, music and editing effects were added to the digitally-shot footage. In addition to contemporary music like Modest Mouse's "Float On," the video's creators added music appropriate to the scene, like Cake's "The Distance" for track and field footage and King Harvest's "Dancing in the Moonlight" for scenes from prom.
Taking a more documentary and journalistic approach was somewhat new, although Smith, Montgomery and Reynolds were involved in a documentary film project they entered at the KAN Film Festival earlier this month in Lawrence.
"We've been doing movies for a couple of years," Reynolds said. "We used to do (mainly) horror stuff -- we'd do cheap ones."
Reynolds said the students hoped to resurrect the video yearbook project next year and had quite a few offers for help, although students involved relied on their own equipment.