After two years and multiple shows worth of televised content, Shot Reverse Shot, an almost entirely student-run television program, is beginning to see an uptick in its membership. Over 40 students attended their first meeting of the year Aug. 26, which laid out the overall plan for the season. The Shot Reverse Shot program aims to write, direct and produce their very own serialized TV shows.
Founded in 2017 by students looking to independently create and control their own content, Shot Reverse Shot is now beginning production on its third season of TV. Each year, staff writers develop a pilot and five subsequent episodes ranging from 20 to 30 minutes that air over the course of the school year. After writing the season, the crew goes into production and the post-production process before releasing the episodes.
This upcoming season, created by senior Bryson Grau — executive producer and showrunner of Shot Reverse Shot — will be a political satire centering on two college students campaigning for student body president.
“This is my personal project, but I’m also bringing people in and working together on this,” Grau said. “Filmmaking is a team sport. Everyone has their own position and they all work to share this thing together.”
While in the past Shot Reverse Shot consisted of 25 to 30 members, this year saw a large increase in membership due to a renewed focus on their marketing efforts. There are no requirements to join and knowledge of the television industry is not expected of new members.
“You do not need any prior experience and you don’t need any prior knowledge [to join],” Jessica Weinberg, sophomore and president of Shot Reverse Shot, said. “We really try to let students teach other students [and create] a community. I really hope that as freshmen come in and learn about us, they are feeling that sense of a close-knit group and community.”
While the premiere is tentatively scheduled for May 2 in the Academic Support Center, an immense amount of work must be completed before production ceases. Even once the writing process is finished, which likely won’t be done until at least January 2020, there are still long days on set and in the editing room before the episodes are ready to be seen. However, for Weinberg, those days are worth it when she gets to see the final product.
“There’s just something about seeing the credits roll at the end, and seeing all of the people that put something into it,” Wienberg said. “It really just makes me proud of what we do. It really makes you appreciate the vision that the directors had or [director of photography] had when they were setting up the shot, the lighting, how it all comes together. It’s really just amazing.”
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