The weekly pressure of meeting deadlines for the "Warrior Update," Brainerd High School's TV newscast, makes advanced television productions interesting, said senior Josh Mattson.
Another challenge when working on the "Warrior Update," Mattson said, is he has to get it right the first time.
"You don't get second chances," he said. "The high pressure of it draws the class to me. It's not easy ... It's a good indicator of the real world."
Mattson, who was named Fine Arts Student of the Week, often plays producer or director. Mattson is in his third year in television productions and he is a class leader, said TV productions adviser Dave Henschke.
Following is a question-and-answer session with Mattson.
What is your role in TV productions?
"I've done everything, but I like directing and producing because when you've been in it for as long as I have, you have an eye on how to do things. If something's wrong and you're the director or producer, you can just tell them it's wrong and you don't have to worry about if it is your place to say it or not."
What do you like better, producing or directing?
"I like producing more because of the "Warrior Update." It becomes your update, like everything in it is either good or bad depending on what you did. It's a team effort, but the producer plays a large part in how good it actually turns out.
"In outside productions, I like directing, like the football games. I like to control where the camera shots go and to keep it interesting."
Art focus: Advanced TV productions
Art activities: Advanced TV productions and independent study in television productions
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Collaborating on the 2004 all-sports video.
Favorite movie: "Army of Darkness"
Favorite TV program: "Lupin the Third"
Favorite food: Bagels
Favorite song: "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner
Favorite book: "The Catcher in the Rye" by JD Salinger
Parents: Sandy Norr and Ray Giles of Brainerd
What news package are you most proud of?
"I'd have to say what I did last year as a junior. We did a package of the (Northland) Arboretum and I think it turned out really nice. It wasn't hard news or anything, but it was soothing and I liked it."
What are your strengths in TV productions?
"In producing, you need to have good English skills because you need to read the whole script, change it and write things up, and I have good English skills. I'm also good at telling people when something is wrong and that they need to change it. I'm not timid about it. As a director, I'm good at paying attention to everybody."
What do you need to improve?
"Procrastination. A vast majority of the class and I wait until Wednesday or Thursday to do the Warrior Update.' (which airs Fridays.)"
What makes you a good leader?
"I'm self-confident and maybe a little self-absorbed."
Are you going to go into television productions after high school?
"Definitely not. I like TV productions and it is a big thing in my life right now, but I don't want to do it the rest of my life. Maybe because I'm prematurely stressed out."
What film are you currently working on in independent study?
"I'm waiting for the perfect idea. It's hard to get motivated when you have all that time in front of you to do it."
How has your adviser Dave Henschke helped you in class?
"We call him our abusive stepfather. He can yell, but he makes you into a good TV production student even if it is a hard process. I look up to him."
Tara Ritter, senior, drama: Ritter's drama director said, "Tara epitomizes the dedication that theater students have in BHS drama. She is both naturally talented and extremely creative." In addition to a lead role in "Street Scene," BHS' current production slated to open Dec. 2, Tara also has appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Our Town," "Pride and Prejudice," one-act plays and the musical "Wonderland."
Jason Houle, senior, creative writing: Houle was nominated by the BHS English faculty as a junior to participate in the National Council of Teachers of English achievement awards in writing contest.
Jarid Johnson, senior, Fifth Street Journal: The Fifth Street Journal adviser said, "Jarid is very skilled in working with the Fifth Street Journal's new software. As entertainment editor, he brings creativity and freshness to our newspaper."
Hanna Stadem, senior, art: Stadem's art adviser said, "Hanna has produced some great drawings to date that showcase her keen observation and diligent work ethic."
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