Movie Making Made Easy In Experimental Video

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Sarah Stratford poses in front of a green screen, while Taylor Yorgason, Parker Kelly, and Nick Nuttall situate the camera during their video class offered here at Snow. Photo by Hannah Branch

Sarah Stratford poses in front of a green screen, while Taylor Yorgason, Parker Kelly, and Nick Nuttall situate the camera during their video class offered here at Snow.
Photo by Hannah Branch

There is a class with five students and one teacher that meets for three hours, two days a week. The class, taught by Haynes Goodsell, is Experimental Video, an art class open for anyone to take.

Goodsell has been teaching for over two years now. He teaches classes at Snow and at Utah Valley University (UVU). He earned an undergraduate degree at UVU, and his graduate degree at the National University of Ireland. He has a Masters in Studio Practice.

“At UVU I teach an advanced exploratory class and fine art photography,” Goodsell said when interviewed. “I feel like the environment [at Snow College] is so much more community oriented. It’s… much more welcoming. Being at a smaller school is a different experience, and I would say it’s a better experience.”

“It’s been helpful to have insight from somebody that has a professional background”, said student Stephen Harris.

Stephen went on to tell Snowdrift that one of the most important skills he feels he has learned from the class is the basics of editing film.  “It’s given me access to tools I don’t normally have access to.” Sarah Stratford shared a similar sentiment, saying that she too likes “having access to equipment and cameras,” and likes “being creative.”

Taylor Yorgason explained that he chose the class because he has “always been interested in film, but never really has known much about it”, and “wanted to build experience.”

Sarah Stratford, a freshman student, said that she chose the class because she wants to be a graphic designer with an emphasis on film.

When asked about class activities, Parker Kelly, another student, said,” I do what everyone else does, write stories, shoot film, and edit video with state of the art technologies.” The class projects range from producing short films to a parallel lines project, in which the students come together and write a seven line script to make into their own video.

The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-5:30 P.M.

Nicholas Nuttall, age 22, a resident of the town of Rescue, California is now finishing up his fourth semester at Snow College. Once he graduates with his English major he intends to attend BYU. After BYU, Nicholas wants to be both a writer and an english teacher. He enjoys reading comics (both Marvel & DC, Batman was his favorite), watching movies, and writing scripts in his free time. This is his second semester working with the school newspaper.

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