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Next Generation Producers at SCATV

Posted: February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Somerville youth learn media production skills while working on projects for cablecast and webcast on SCATV Channel 3. We partner with other youth-serving organizations and schools such as Teen Empowerment, Somerville Cares About Prevention, and Prospect Hill Academy. Next Generation Producers programs are supported by grants from the Somerville Local Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Summer 2015 Interactive Story Production Workshop

Do you love stories? Are you interested in making media? If so, come to SCATV for an exciting two-week media-making workshop in July, 2015. Each participant will receive a $130 stipend at the end of the workshop.

A group of six Somerville High School students will work together to create an interactive story website on the topic of immigration in Somerville. Students will learn skills in video production, photography, web design, creative writing, and social media as they craft a multiple-path story website that will be linked to the SCATV website and forwarded to family and friends. The media will also be used to create a program for SCATV Channel 3.

When will the workshop take place?  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm from July 6 to July 17, 2015.

Where will the workshop take place? In the SCATV TV studios at 90 Union Square, Somerville.

Who can participate? Somerville High School students in grades 9 to 12.

How can I apply or get more information? Contact Ben Morrow at 617-628-8826 or



We will be making a short documentary about different opportunities youth have after high-school and we need your help.

If hired, you will gain experience with:

-planning a production

-developing interview questions

-conducting an on-camera interview

-using cameras, lights and microphones

-editing with Apple computers and Final Cut Pro

Current students who are Somerville residents age 14 and up can apply. Ability to speak and write in multiple languages a plus.

You must be available weekday afternoons (Mon-Fri) between July 7-18, 2014

Students will be compensated at $8 per hour for 20 hours of work.

On Thursday, October 10, 2013 we invited the cast and crew who participated in SCATV’s summer youth projects in to our studio to supply feedback on the productions during their final stages of completion.

The first movie screened, called “The Explanation” is a 15-minute fictional short written and directed by Arnaud Weissenburger, a high school student from Somerville. Arnaud spent many hours around SCATV this past summer and made excellent use of his time by casting many of our staff, interns and members into his movie. The unusual story follows Mike, a television news reporter who feels controlled by a mysterious force. SCATV made an excellent backdrop for the movie, which happens to mainly take place at a television station.

Watch “The Explanation”


We also screened called “Everybody Has An Accent, So Why Is Mine A Problem?” and is a collaboration between SCATV and the great Somerville youth organization known as Books of Hope. This 11-minute movie is an adaptation of a short story inspired by a poem written by Aminata Keita, a recent immigrant from Guinea, West Africa who also plays the lead role, and her character is loosely based upon real life events. The movie ends with Aminata’s incredible performance of her poem.

Watch “Everybody Has An Accent, So Why Is Mine A Problem?”

<p><a href=”″>Everybody Has An Accent, So Why Is Mine A Problem?</a> from <a href=”″>Next Generation Producers</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

After the movies finished, we had a short discussion and attendees were able to supply feedback via evaluation forms for both projects. Look out for both of these youth projects to appear on Channel 3.

This summer at SCATV, a group of Somerville youth created a fascinating new video production called “Water: A Storymentary”. Youth were involved in the principle creative planning for the project and were asked to develop a concept about water conservation that would resonate with fellow youth. The group decided that they didn’t want to make a standard “talking head” documentary and that’s when they came up with the idea of a “storymentary” which would be a hybrid of a fictional idea combined with interviews featuring experts from the community. The basic plot is a journey involving a living water droplet named Rachel Raindrop who ends up in Union Square and can’t flow back to Boston Harbor where she belongs. She meets a helpful citizen named Felipe who takes her on a walk through Somerville and shows Rachel some of the ways that residents are conserving water including rain barrels, rooftop gardens, tap water vs bottled water and lawn depaving. One of the highlights in the video is a standoff between a plastic water bottle and a drinking fountain who come to life and have a “rap battle”. This creates a fun musical interlude within the 12-minute long piece. Interviews with Lenni Armstrong, Reneé Scott and Anthony Sharp help to bolster the factual information that the video delivers and the final product balances fun with serious messages about water usage in Somerville.

Somerville Cares About Prevention PSA: Don’t Be A Puppet from Next Generation Producers on Vimeo.

This PSA demonstrates refusal skills and talking to youth about prevention of substance use. Made by Somerville High School Students at SCATV in Somerville, MA

Somerville Cares About Prevention: Are You Smarter Than Drugs? from Next Generation Producers on Vimeo.

This mock TV game show uses puppets to answer some tough questions about substance abuse. Made by Somerville High School students in Somerville, MA. Produced at SCATV.

Do you want to use cable TV and the Web to tell the world about important environmental issues in Somerville while earning some extra cash?
Groundwork Somerville, in Collaboration with SCATV’s Next Generation Producers, is hiring up to 8 high school age youth from Somerville to learn video production skills and produce documentary-style video projects about clean water in Somerville. The group will be led by experienced filmmaker, Gordon Nelson.
How do I sign up? Fill out the attached application form and return it to Gordon Nelson at SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143 or email it to
The Summer Video Green Team meets for four weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:00pm from July 10 to August 1 at the SCATV Studio, in the middle of Union Square, Somerville. $8/hour stipend.
Due Date: Applications must be in by Friday, May 11! Interviews will happen in the following two weeks.

Download the application HERE

Contact: Gordon Nelson, 617-628-8826,

The Lost Island from Next Generation Producers on Vimeo.

Check out the rest on the 2011 youth program videos page!