STREAM comes alive in the area of media production at South Buffalo Catholic Notre Dame Academy with a $9,000 grant from Upon This Rock and re-purposed equipment from Daybreak TV Productions.
Our Lady Media, a video production club at Notre Dame using professional-grade equipment, offers middle school students hands-on experience with video production, lighting, editing, producing, and directing.
Our Lady Media is under the guidance of Tris D'Angelo, principal of Notre Dame Academy and Paula DeAngelis-Stein, advancement/marketing director at Notre Dame and an adjunct video production instructor at Canisius College.
"Our Lady Media is a unique club that has the potential to evangelize to a global audience, but especially to a hungry flock in Buffalo, who are searching for the good news of our Lord," DeAngelis-Stein said. "And what better way to do it than through our students."
The video equipment enabled the live stream of two important school events in 2018: the Eighth Grade Ribbon Mass and the school's Graduation ceremony. Sixth-grade students learned to operate three professional-grade video cameras and two students acted as technical director and audio operator.
In 2019, the same crew produced and recorded a Student Council-inspired video on kindness, and a short video for the yearly Catholic Education Dinner.
The program will continue to expand to include more students. Future plans include training additional students, interviewing people on topics of Catholic Faith, recording live Masses, producing short video commercials for neighborhood businesses and organizing "virtual" field trips.