NHSTV visits NBC 5 to learn from the pros

NHSTV producers and staff had the unique opportunity of touring the studios of NBC 5 on Saturday, September 28th.  They watched the Saturday evening broadcast from both the studio and the control room, switching during commercial breaks.  The students were hosted by Carla and Charlie Smith, long time employees of NBC 5 who donated part of their day off to educate the students about careers in the industry.


The students had the opportunity to speak with the producers of the show as well as the anchors as they prepared to go on air.  A trip to the editing rooms helped them understand how fast news moves and how little time is often available to edit news packages for air.


The tour of the historic NBC 5 studios, which was the first DFW station to broadcast in color included the offices, studio space, audio booth, control room as well as many other areas of the studio.  NBC 5 will be moving in late October to their brand new facility near the DFW airport.

NHSTV On Demand

NHSTV airs a six minute news broadcast every day to the student body and staff of Northwest High School in Justin, TX.  All of our shows are archived "on demand" on YouTube.  Click the link below to go to our channel.


NHSTV filmmakers create tour video for G.E.

NHSTV student filmmakers and AMAT Facilitator Mr. Rawe spent many hours this summer working for General Electric Transportation creating a tour video for their site.  GE has built facilities right down the street from Northwest High School where they build locomotives for trains and parts for off highway mining trucks.


Elizabeth Del Toro, Global Communications Manager for GE Transportation said, "“As a relatively new business in the area, it was a wonderful experience to partner with the Academy of Media Arts and Technology over the summer to create a video that showcases GE Manufacturing Solutions.  This is a $235-million initial investment by the company to build two of the most advanced transportation products in the world—heavy-haul freight locomotives and drive wheels for mining trucks used all over the world.”


Andrew Hall, Riley Freeman, and Mr. Rawe spent several days this summer shooting interviews of key personnel at GE as well as shooting b-roll footage of the locomotives being built.  They also spent time in the OHV plant shooting b-roll of machinery and parts for Off Highway Vehicles.  The students even created a 2 minute time lapse of a locomotive being assembled over a six hour period.


 “Northwest High School worked closely with our team of college interns to conceptualize the video and offered guidance every step of the way.  It’s clear from the level of professionalism of the graduating high school students that they are prepared with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful,” Del Toro said.


The project was shot in 1080p using Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III digital SLR's as well as GoPro cameras which were attached to forklifts and golf carts for panning shots of the facility.  Students participated in  production meetings and worked with GE summer interns to complete the project.


"This experience allowed our students to create a "real world" tour video that will be viewed by tour guests at the Fort Worth GE plant as well as be featured on their YouTube site.  It was an amazing experience for all of us involved", said Mr. Rawe.


The tour video was edited using Adobe Premiere CC as well as After Effects CC for motion graphics as well as Speedgrade CC for color correction.



Click here to see the Tour video.



NHSTV awarded 1st place in national VBrick contest

Herndon, VA - January 8, 2013 -- Enterprise IP video leader VBrick Systems announced the winners of its second Student Video Contest. Once again, the contest attracted submissions from across the country, with participating students ranging from elementary to high school age. The Student Video Contest showcases the creative ways schools are using video to change the learning experience, leveraging the talent of today’s video-savvy students. As more students use video on a daily basis and a growing number of schools adopt classroom-based video technology initiatives like ‘flip the classroom’ and ‘1:1’ computing, our winners serve as great examples of how video can truly enrich the school experience for students, teachers and parents.


NHSTV, a division of the Academy of Media Arts and Technology (AMAT), won first place in the contest category "Best Morning Announcement, Grades 9-12".


Greg Zweig, Director of Corporate Marketing for Vbrick Systems Inc. said, "We thought the product quality of NHSTV was top notch and we all got a chuckle out of the five golden rings segment.  It was a tight race in this category but Northwest High School took the top honor."


NHSTV is a televison show which broadcasts five days a week to the students and faculty of Northwest High School in Justin, TX.


Links to the Vbrick Press Release and Winning Videos are as follows:





NHSTV works election night on The Blaze TV network

NHSTV production staffers and Mr. Rawe were invited to attend a taping of the Glenn Beck Program at The Blaze television studios in Las Colinas on October 29, 2012.  Upon arrival at the studio, the students were asked by the executive producer if they wanted to be on television and help Mr. Beck with the show.  The students were then put to work by updating the "tote" election board.  The board is a brand new set piece on the show which was made to resemble the tote boards of the 1960's used on networks like NBC and CBS.  Throughout the national broadcast, the students were seen working in the background updating in the board.


During a commercial break, Mr. Beck walked over and spoke to the students and expressed how professional they looked and how their appearance helped enhance the "look" of the show.


At the conclusion of the live show, Mr. Beck drew attention to the students and said on live tv, "You have been seeing behind me today some students from Northwest High School here in Texas, helping us out with the tote board.  They will be back on election night as we have a lot of things planned for our coverage that evening."


Mr. Rawe, NHSTV and AMAT facilitator, said, "Mr. Beck surprised me when he said that on live tv.  The students later indicated that Mr. Beck had asked if they wanted to come be a part of their election night coverage during a commercial break and they quickly agreed.  What an amazing opportunity for our kids during this historic election."

Television & Filmmaking Track (NHSTV)