Ideas arise from great and creative minds, and the class of Journalism took a huge twist by beginning what was once just an ordinary YouTube video, Cold Coffee. Being part of the crew for the whole 2014-2015 school created active and creative people, with a crew that kept building up within time, and with many other students eager to know what it’s like to be part of the crew. “You can notice the creativity, because it used to be more straightforward,” says Zulette, Cold Coffee’s anchor for Semester 1 and 2.
After fifteen entertaining videos, with a huge difference from the first to the last, the crew became more effective and knowledgable about how the news work, the equipment used, and the efficient way to edit in a professional way. “Cold Coffee has popped the bubble,” said Nicole (Kiki) Alvarez, who’s a new member for the S2 Crew, and also one of the camera officials. Not only have most of the new members learned how to work together to create a five-minute video, but also to work as a team and to collaborate when needed. Being prepared and to be able to be fast problem-solvers whenever there are technical difficulties. “The new people have changed the dynamic of the class,” says Hayden Loiseau, who usually works on posters or promos for Cold Coffee’s Last Drops’.
“There’s many people who can multitask, which is great. I’m very happy with the people that we’re working with now, and with our past crew,” said Juan Ignacio Alarcón, Cold Coffee’s producer and director. With three cameras being in use, more than fifteen active students, three microphones, and all of them being edited either in iMovie or Final Cut Pro, having a final and good product might seem like a huge task, but by having the kind of crew that the class of Journalism has overtaken, it is now confused by being the “Cold Coffee Class.”
The class hasn’t only united the students in it, but the whole High School community, by announcing every important aspect weekly that students may be interested to know, and including other students periodically when making interviews, or even asking them to dress up for the Birthday Section. “I love the creative ideas that the students bring to the class. we don’t lack ideas, but we do lack time,” said Stacy Billingslea, Head of the Theatre department and mentor of the Journalism class.
The crew has been doing the very best to evolve as a class and to improve with their technological and creative skills, for the time that we usually have every week is scarce, but we manage to make it valuable for us to work with. Cold Coffee isn’t just a video made by ASFG students, but the future of the next generations, for them to get more ideas to keep transforming it.