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High school students will create video for St. Tammany trace at 'Zoom' summer workshop

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – High school students who sign up for “Zoom into Movie Making” – one of a series of new career workshops being offered this summer by Southeastern Louisiana University -- will have the hands-on experience of producing a 3-4 minute promotional video for the Tammany Trace’s “Jammin' on the Trace” band competition. 

     Zoom into Movie Making will be held June 15-18 at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center on Koop Drive in Mandeville and on the Tammany Trace. The cost is $295.

     “The video will showcase the music and talent presented at Jammin' on the Trace as well as the community’s love affair with the Tammany Trace,” said instructor Sharon Sharpe, a veteran of radio-television-film and new media production.

     Interested students can register online for Zoom into Movie Making and other Zoom into Careers summer career workshops at

     A partnership of the Southeastern’s Division of Extended Studies, Northshore School of the Arts and academic colleges, the workshops are open to students in grades 9-12.

     The “Zoom into Careers” workshops include a concurrent “Zoom into Movie Making” session at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, and three workshops on the university’s main campus in Hammond: “Zoom into Inventing,” June 8-16, $350; “Zoom into Finance and Investments,” June 12-Aug. 7, $75; and “Zoom into Television,” June 22-26 or July 6-10, $295. 
     While the deadline for other Zoom into Careers workshops is May 29, Sharpe said students can apply for “Zoom into Movie Making” through June 5. She is encouraging interested students to sign up early and to attend a pre-production meeting on June 2, 3-4 p.m., at the St. Tammany Center, located in suite 3A of the parish government complex, 21454 Koop Drive. 
     “No experience is necessary to take the workshop and all students will be involved in the making of the video,” Sharpe said. “Participants will complete the workshop with a finished piece for their portfolio that will be posted online and broadcast on the Southeastern Channel and the St. Tammany Parish cable channel.”

     Sharpe said local bands competing in the Jammin' on the Trace can apply to be featured in the music video by submitting a short video of their group (CD, DVD, or Internet link) or an audio file with photos by Thursday, May 28, 5:30 p.m. Bands can deliver videos to the Southeastern St. Tammany Center Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Mandeville.

     Bands can apply to participate in Jammin on the Trace by calling Tammany Trace Director Lisa Maddox at 985-867-9490.

     Sharpe is also holding a “casting call” on June 2 for community residents who want to volunteer to take part in the video.

     “We are looking for people with both typical and unusual modes of using the Trace,” she said. “These can include families pushing baby buggies or riding bikes with kids in baskets; unicycles, tandem or custom bikes; walkers, joggers, tri-athletes; horseback riders and others.”

     The casting call is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 4:30-6 p.m., at the Tammany Trace Trailhead at Koop Drive.  For information about the casting call and pre-production meeting, contact Sharpe at 
     Registration forms and additional information for Zoom into Careers workshops are available at Interested parents and students may also email, or call Southeastern Continuing Education (Tom Dawsey), 800-256-2771, 985-549-2301; the St. Tammany Center, 985-893-6251; or the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 225-665-3303.

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