FA's Film Lab and Media Center Undergoes a Transformation
Photos courtesy of Mike Dana.
This summer, the FA Film Workshop and Media Center underwent a total remodel, complete with new paint, windows, modern furniture, a new suite of the latest Apple iMacs with professional photo and video-editing software, new lighting and production equipment, and a floor-to-ceiling green screen wall.
"To say the film production and media rooms look very different is definitely an understatement," says Mike Dana, director of the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center and FA's film workshop founder and instructor. "It's inspiring to see this long-time vision come to life and offer our students state-of-the-art production equipment that rivals many colleges and universities."
Dana, along with FA's Chief Financial Officer and Director of Capital Projects, Jeremy Angell '99, worked collaboratively in designing the space and choosing the new modern furniture and paint colors.
"Increasing our technology offerings and enhancing these areas on campus has been a priority of the Board and administration," says Angell. "We want our students working with the latest equipment and professional software, so they have the necessary skills and experience upon graduation to pursue future careers in these fields."
And according to a recent career poll from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, film and video editing careers show a whopping 18% job growth through 2024. Along with an optimistic job market, the multimedia skills learned in Dana's Film and Photo Workshop also helps students excel in their college courses.
"Many of my students who come back to visit FA share with me that taking this course helped them to become more creative. And the cinematography and editing skills they learned in the class, aided them in creating compelling presentations for their college work, which often set them apart from other students in their class," continues Dana.
What's also remarkable about the Film Lab and Media Center's remodel is that not only was the design of the new space managed by Angell and Dana, but the renovations were all done in-house as well! Alums Scott Thurston ‘71, Nicholas Johnson '08, and Christopher Graves '09, who work at the Academy as part of the maintenance team, handled the project's demolition, carpentry, and finishing work — skills which they developed from taking the Industrial Arts class during their time at FA.
"Having an in-house team with such a robust skill set has enabled the Academy to cut costs in construction and allow us to invest these savings in other areas like new software and hardware," says Angell. "It's a real testament to the school's preparation of our students for teaching them practical, life skills. I can't say every school has the luxury of having a maintenance team as skilled and well-equipped as ours to handle these types of projects."
The newly remodeled Film Lab and Media Center is located in the Main Building, downstairs to the left of the “Fishbowl.” If you happen to be in the area, come by and check out the new space. We’re sure you’ll be just as impressed with the remodel as much as our students.
This year, 22 students traveled to New York City to attend the four-day National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference on March 1-4. Now in its 45th year, the NHSMUN is the largest and most prestigious conference, hosting over 5000 participants from more than 75 countries and 300 schools. The New York-based conference-- surrounded by offices of Permanent Missions to the United Nations as well as the United Nations Headquarters itself--provides the perfect backdrop for a robust international affairs experience and a broadening of global issues awareness. Students are provided with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations firsthand and have the opportunity to attend the opening or closing ceremonies in the UN General Assembly chamber, where actual diplomats convene every year.
On March 15 and 16, FA's Jazz bands traveled to South Portland High School to attend the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival. The New Standard Combo and FA Big Band both performed very well, earning silver while the Yukon King Combo and Fryeburg Academy Jazz Orchestra won bronze. It is noteworthy that FA's New Standard Combo earned 74 out of 75 points for their performances--one point shy of claiming the gold standard and was one of the highest scoring combo performances of the event.
At the festival, Georgia Stafford '19 won the Dale Huff Outstanding Musicianship Award--awarded to the top-rated musician in the combo division. Other outstanding performances recognized at the jazz festival were as follows:
The Fryeburg Academy Math Team finished the season by defending their Pi-Cone League Championship title at Leavitt High School on March 6th. The Pi-Cone League consists of 14 teams from 11 regional high schools throughout Central Maine. Five meets were held this year from October through March. 50 Fryeburg Academy students competed on the math team, the highest number of participants on record. Senior team captains Antonina Zackorchemna '19 and Celine Lyu '19 did an outstanding job of leading the team this year. Weekly practices were held at the LaCasse Dining Hall.
Each year, the Western Maine Conference (WMC) sponsors an awards banquet to honor students from each school in the conference. Every WMC school is asked to select two graduating seniors for their overall contributions to their school in the areas of academics, athletics, leadership, and extracurricular activities, as well as for their attitude and consideration of others.
This year senior twins, Casey and Reece Kneissler, were selected to represent Fryeburg Academy at the banquet held on February 27 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, ME.
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