Mt. Ellis Adds Videography into Curriculum

Visitors to Mt. Ellis Academy (MEA) are likely to see groups of students toting video cameras, setting up scenes, directing actors and editing video as part of an exciting new videography program.

MEA leaders have dreamed of offering a videography class to equip students with video production skills to produce church service, mission and quarterly MEA Spotlight videos.

Through God's miracles, that dream has become a reality with zero impact to the school budget. Commercial film student Craig Hadley joined our staff in January as a taskforce worker, his position funded by a donor. His duties include teaching videography, producing a promotional video and directing the school drama group.

The school also received a grant from the North Pacific Union Conference for a videography lab. Now in place, the lab includes four editing stations, five digital cameras and all the software necessary to edit video.

“This has been a totally new kind of learning experience for me. It’s been a ton of work, but it’s also a lot of fun,” said Paul Curtis, a sophomore and one of 21 students involved in the program. "I hope this program can continue after this year."

June 01, 2004 / Montana Conference