Luke Cheatwood is moving from student to teacher.
Cheatwood, a student in the Digital Media program at Meridian Technology Center, hopes to inspire future filmmakers with his presentation, Dream Bigger: Introduction to Filmmaking, at the Stillwater Public Library on Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m.
Topics covered will include an overview of the filmmaking process, idea generation, scriptwriting, production and editing. Cheatwood will teach the course using “Dream Bigger,” a film he produced last year as a student at Meridian.
“Dream Bigger” highlighted Cheatwood’s aspirations to become a feature film director. The film won first place at the state and national level in contests through Business Professionals of America, a CareerTech student organization associated with the Digital Media program at Meridian.
“The creative process is what I enjoy most about filmmaking,” Cheatwood said. “You get to make your own world, and every movie is an opportunity to bring other people into that world.”
The October 12 class was initially a prep program for the upcoming National PTA Reflections Art in Education program, a competition that encourages creative work in visual arts, photography, literature, film/video production, dance choreography and music. It is now open to anyone who has an interest in filmmaking. There is no cost to attend but attendees should register at bit.ly/2LNZiF2.
Digital Media at Meridian
Students in the Digital Media program at Meridian learn to create text, graphics, audio and videos. They also have a chance to develop and enhance their technical skills in graphic design, web development, animation, photography and video production. Specialization areas include Digital Video Production, 3D Animation and Motion Graphics, Web Design and Graphic Design.
High school, home school and virtual school students who live in Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts can attend Meridian tuition-free during their junior and senior years. Sophomores can enroll for afternoon programs when space is available. The Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Engineering STEM Academies are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Students spend a half day at their home high school and a half day with Meridian in hands-on courses. Meridian is tuition free for district high school students and includes free transportation from their home high school. Students can receive credits for high school courses in a variety of academics or as electives.
The enrollment process for high school students will begin in January 2020. The priority application deadline is February 3. Applications will be accepted after that date as long as space is available. For information on the Digital Media program or any of Meridian’s 20 plus career training programs visit meridiantech.edu/programs.