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ICTC: Filmmaker shows what it's like to work on movie set

by By CHANEL SHERRY and TORRI MILLER, Gazette Student News Reporters on January 24, 2014 11:00 AM

On Jan. 15, the Digital Media Technology program at the Indiana County Technology Center had a very special guest. Colin Sheehy, second assistant camera operator, visited the program area to talk about real world information to work on-set of video productions. He talked about what careers students in DMT can pursue after graduation from the program. He also talked about the “behind the scenes” portion of movies and how much time and effort it takes to be involved with film production.

Sheehy had all the students participate in a mock movie shoot. The students filled various roles to bring together a real-life production, from camera operator, second assistant camera operator, director, clapboard, hair and makeup, gaffers and many more roles. It was a hands-on experience that they’ll never forget.

[PHOTO: Colin Sheehy, a second assistant camera operator who is freelancing with the television show “Dance Moms,” demonstrated to the Digital Media students at Indiana County Technology Center how a film set is brought together. (Victoria Thomas/Indiana County Technology Center)]

Sheehy studied multimedia at Westmoreland County Community College and graduated from Chapman University in California with a bachelor’s degree in film production.

He has worked on several “big-time” productions including “Abduction,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Jack Reacher,” “Super 8,” “She’s Out Of My League.” Right now, he is freelancing with the television show “Dance Moms” and anticipating working on some big-budget films this spring and early summer.

Ninth-Grade shadows and Career Night

It’s that time of year when ICTC students prepare yet again for ninth-grade students from all participating schools to return to ICTC and have a chance to shadow their favorite program areas. Shadows will be held through Tuesday.

In early December, all the ninth-graders from each school were at the ICTC for the ninth-grade showcase. They now have the opportunity to shadow two program areas that interest them the most.

Senior Zane Bennett, from the Machine Technology program, explained why shadowing is important and how it helps ninth-graders who are uncertain about their career and technical education choices.

Bennett recalled his experience as a ninth-grader shadowing Machine Technology. We asked him how the shadowing influenced his decision to come to the ICTC and he said, “I wanted a hands-on approach towards a technical career, and ICTC had the perfect program for my interest. I plan on going to a post-secondary school for machining. I’m happy right now with what I’m doing, and I love it!”

In conclusion, Bennett wanted to give a little advice to our ninth-grade shadow students.

“Keep up with your desired program area choice. Getting into a good routine and sticking with it — and not giving up at all — will help you get the education you came to desire at the Indiana County Technology Center.”

The ICTC is hosting a Career Night Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Career Night is an opportunity for the community, students and parents to come and check out what the ICTC is all about.

When students come to Career Night they also will be given another chance to win an iPad if they decide to enroll at the Indiana County Technology Center.

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