Uploaded on Dec 20, 2011
Malcolm Price Lab's Advanced Speech course was transformed this year to provide students a real world experience in education. Instead of just preparing speeches for a student audience, students were required to interact with community members and complete a rigorous project involving speech from a macro to mirco level. Students decided to take on a film project. UNI Level II student, Molly Clark brainstormed with the Advanced Speech students on possible areas in Cedar Falls to film. Molly suggested Main Street.
The downtown area in Cedar Falls is known for its national award-winning restoration. But thematically, what students have taken from this project is an authentic sense of community. This is an area that attracts a different kind of consumer - people looking for a warm, friendly experience, a sense of community support. This is much more than a shopping experience. This is a place of community pride, where businesses care so much about their town, they gladly and quickly jump at the chance to work with high school students. And in the end, what the Main Street merchants have given us, we hope to give back. It's a reciprocal experience in public service.
A meeting was arranged with Carol Lilly, director of Community on Main Street, a nonprofit group that manages the historical, award-winning downtown area. Mrs. Lilly contacted the downtown businesses and quickly, seventeen graciously responded.
Advanced Speech students are driven by a very tight schedule. Each day, they have approximately one hour during class to introduce themselves, interact with business owners, interview, and film the business. While a group films one business, another group takes photographs of additional businesses to stage future shots for filming. See the calendar if you woulld like more information about our schedule.
The types of speaking skills required:
setting up interview/photo times
collaboration (with peers and Main Street business owners)
film direction - relaying abstract artistic vision in concrete manner
introductions - continually meeting new people
interviewing and instructing interviewees on interview etiquette
presenting video to the Main Street board for critiques and edits
promotional endeavors - contacting local theaters to screen film
presenting video to academic administrators at the high school and university level
voiceovers - training in speaking for digital audiences
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