Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

Not your mother’s yearbook

EHS students get 21st century nostalgia alternative

September 13, 2007

Not satisfied to leave their high school years sealed in still pages and binding, Eudora High School seniors Connor and Logan Hartpence chose to record their experiences behind a video camera.

The twins have helped create the high school's video yearbook for the last three years. The duo learned the production process from 2006 graduate Guy Kirby Montgomery.

Connor Hartpence tapes Heather Whitten and Kim Scherman Monday.
Video yearbook participants led by the Hartpence brothers attend
games, visit clubs and school events to pull together material for
the yearbook.

Connor Hartpence tapes Heather Whitten and Kim Scherman Monday. Video yearbook participants led by the Hartpence brothers attend games, visit clubs and school events to pull together material for the yearbook.

"We were like Kirby's young squires," Connor said.

In the fall of 2006, the brothers took over the project. Since then, the twins have positioned themselves at football games, club meetings and school events to find segments to fill the disc.

People have gotten used to seeing the video yearbook cameras around, Logan said.

"You get people that are all crazy about it," Logan said.

The video yearbook is separate from the school's official yearbook. Journalism teacher Matt Bova advises the Hartpences.

Although the video yearbook included some of the same subjects found in the print version, Logan and Connor spice up their project with sound and music.

"We just find the music that will fit the mood of the segment," Connor said.

That means the duo would probably use a fast-paced upbeat track to accentuate the hits and plays made by the Cardinal football team, but softer music for other events, he said.

The brother's also use the video technology as a way to emphasize different highlights of the school year.

Last year's disc featured a slow-motion shot of current senior Dustin True falling face first into a puddle during a mud volleyball game. The yearbook crew also filmed an exchange during a pep assembly last year when 2007 graduate Paul Chaffin flung a pie at Eudora High School principal Dale Sample.

The brothers and their friends are preparing for similar memorable images during the current year.

Logan and Conner will film several segments throughout the district's homecoming week, which started Monday.

Each day during the homecoming week students dressed up in different costumes. The students also participated in parades and pep rallies in preparation for the 7 p.m. Friday football game against Wellsville.

The busy week gives the Hartpences the opportunity to improve on last year's edition.

"We're looking to introduce different shots, different angles," Logan said.

After sorting through footage from homecoming week, the brothers and other video yearbook staff members will map out all the segments to be included this year.

The brothers spend the second semester editing the film.

For last year's disc, which fit more than two hours of content on one DVD, the brothers probably worked between 200 hours between them.

"We had a lot of problems last year getting it all on one disc," Logan said.

The fact they are brothers has helped sew the project together. If one of them needs to find out where the other saved a clip, it's only a matter of yelling upstairs.

"It's a lot easier," Logan said.

When finished, the school sells the video yearbooks for $15 to benefit the Eudora High School Student Council.

"I just wish we had a video class," Logan said.

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