School groups visiting the Cincinnati Art Museum can get an introductory look at the museum before they even set foot inside by viewing a 10-minute video produced by a group of Xavier students. "What's Cool at the CAM!" was created by a television directing class in the department of electronic media.
Produced by Michelle Manassah and directed by Andy Bonjour, the film features two on-camera teen hostsAbby Clark of the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and Julian Collins of St. Xavier High School. Former Xavier student Jon Brennan produced original music for the video.
Bonjour, Brennan and Manassah all graduated in May 2002 with majors in communication arts/electronic media. Bonjour also majored in English.
"It was a pleasure to work with such professional and talented students from Xavier University," said Jackie Reau, director of marketing and public relations at the museum. "This video allows us to better prepare students for their visit to the museum and help them understand the collections."
Manassah said the project helped her learn the basics of video production by doing the real thing while still in a classroom setting. "The overwhelming task of including so many of the masterpieces in the art museum in a kid-friendly format posed terrific challenges and opportunities that I would have otherwise never experienced."
"This has been a first for me," said Bonjour. "Writing and directing a video of this quality under the guise of a student production has given me an incredible amount of experience. It's been magical."
Instructor David L. Smith, director of Xaviers television center, said, Its a win for everybody. For a free copy of the video, call the museums marketing and public relations department at 513 639-1951.