Sunday, May 20, 2012

Test Screening Causes Tearful Nine-Year-Old Girl to Demand Recut [Video]

I don't know about Emily, but this is
what reduces me to tears.
Another school year is almost over which means Classroom Close-up, NJ is in a stretch of reruns leading up to the final episode of the season in early June. Fortunately, this gives me a chance to post about some of the episodes I haven't had time to write about in what's been an insanely busy spring for the Bauser family. Airing this weekend is an episode that includes a story I produced called "Music Memories" about how educators at Warren Point School in Fair Lawn are using music to help students hone their writing skills.

I typically do most of my editing in the confines of my attic/office away from watchful eyes, but occasionally my kids wander up to see what I'm doing. Nate usually wants to know when I'm going to make a "good" movie, which means something with lasers or a battle scene. Emily actually wants to see the story, especially when it features kids near her own age. In this particular case, she came along when I was working on the bit at about 3:30.  I was running long on the story, so I was considering not including a resolution to this particular memoir, but her tearful insistence convinced me otherwise.

If you want to see the entire episode, it will be rebroadcast Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m, and 7:30 p.m. on NJTV or you can watch it online.

Warning, in addition to tear-jerking musical memoirs, it also features zombies.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Remembering a Rescuer

On the Shelter Run in 2007 with Dee (far right) and the rest of the Rogers crew.
Last night I heard the sad news that Dee Seiffert had passed away. Dee was one of the amazing canine rescuers I had the privilege of travelling on a shelter run with while filming the Rogers Rescues documentary in 2007.  I didn't know her well, but I remember her friendliness, kindness, compassion and commitment to rescuing animals. I feel lucky to have known her even a little, and the trip I shared with her and her colleagues is still one of my best filmmaking memories. Although she was a little camera shy and preferred not to be interviewed, she appears throughout the film doing what she loved. Rest in peace, Dee.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Understanding the Wild Things [Video]

This afternoon, as I was driving home from dropping off my package for the season finale of Classroom Close-up, NJ, I heard the news that Maurice Sendak had passed away.

I'd recently spent some serious time in the edit suite with Mr. Sendak's most famous work. The segment, which aired a few weeks ago, featured a classroom lesson centered around Where the Wild Things Are. The segment shows how educators at Elms Elementary School in Jackson Township are teaching students to apply comprehension strategies through artwork. Where the Wild Things Are has been out of the Bauser bedtime reading rotation since before I started using the keys to comprehension with the kids, so I never really thought about its meaning until I sat in on this lesson.

If you want to see the entire episode, it will be rebroadcast this coming Sunday, May 13 at 6:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m, and 7:30 p.m. on NJTV or you can watch it online.