Limitations arising from COVID-19 inspired a new project at Mercedes College earlier this term, with the Media Department and students from Years 10, 11 and 12 working together to launch the Lunchtime Live production.
The project aimed to create new opportunities for students to develop creativity, hone their media production skills, and fill the void left by some postponed co-curricular activities, with the first episode of the TV-style production going live on Facebook on June 11.
Lunchtime Live has been run from the Media Department TV Studio, with two hosts introducing pre-recorded segments, as well as hosting interviews live.
The mix of content in the live-streamed episodes has included snapshots of key events around the College, like the recent House Fitness Challenge, interviews with staff members (College favourite, Sr Breda O’Reilly was the first guest in episode one), as well as lighthearted content like school bus karaoke.
With the guidance of Media staff, the students have had the opportunity to not only showcase their technical ability, but also develop their leadership skills.
Year 11 student, Lily Boisvert, took on the role of Director, and said the project was an amazing re-start to the Arts at Mercedes after the height of the COVID-19 restrictions.
“Being a part of the Lunchtime live show was a great team building and bonding activity which taught us about what it means to work as a group and trust each other in our specific roles,” she said.
“As Director I was making quick decisions on camera angles, the timing of segments and the queues for the presenters, which taught me about remaining calm and staying confident,”
Fellow Year 11 student, Zoe Manson, enjoyed being part of presenting fun and interesting stories from around the College.
“My experience on Lunchtime Live taught me the pressures that come with a live production and gave me understanding of several of the processes that go on behind-the-scenes,
“Overall, it was a wonderful experience in which I was given a unique insight into the film industry,” Zoe said.
Graduating students from Mercedes regularly move into media-based tertiary studies and careers, and benefit from gaining industry experience while still at school.
The College’s Media Coordinator, Bridgette Stoney, said her department was fortunate to be well-resourced, with state-of-the-art editing suites, radio and TV studios, and a wide range of cameras, lighting and audio equipment.
“We provide a varied range of media-based opportunities for our students; in return, we are lucky enough to work with a fantastic group of dedicated, creative and passionate students who love what they do,” Ms Stoney said.