On Saturday, May 15, ʻŌlelo exhibited a true sense of normalcy as our first major on-location Electronic Field Production (EFP) van shoot took place. The event was an in-season track meet with the following participating Oʻahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) high schools: Farrington, Kailua, Kaimukī, Kalaheo, McKinley, and Moanalua.
A total of 24 crew members participating in the production included 13 students from ʻŌlelo’s Junior Academy for Media (JAM) program serving as camera operators and one shadowing director. 5 volunteer community members assisted the 6 ʻŌlelo staff in mentoring the students on camera setup, operation, and breaking down.
Neal Rivera, the manager of the Waipahu and Wahiawā Media Service Centers who oversaw the personnel aspect of the production, was stoked to be out in the field again. “It felt good to stretch our video legs again. When we announced to the JAM students that we were doing the Moanalua Track production in person, instant excitement from them. That feeling carried throughout the training and the production day. It was amazing to see an event for youth being documented by youth during a pandemic where we see our State slowly opening. Students left that day asking when the next production event they can assist on would be!”