Making a film is not always glamorous.
To the crew, it often a tedious, back-breaking job.
Working on a tight schedule, the production crew arrives on location at 7 a.m. to begin filming the Amarillo College promotional film, tentatively titled, “Amarillo College: An Alternative to Learning.”
The informative recruiting film will be distributed basically to high schools and civic groups throughout the Panhandle region.
"It’s a good idea." "It’s a good film to take out into the community to tell the Amarillo College story."
"Charles Cranston has done a good job scripting, directing, and producing the film," Paul Matney, chairman of Radio/Television, said.
Charles Cranston, assistant director of Learning Resources, is directing the film.
When filming is complete, Cranston will take the film to Dallas for editing and production.
The cinematographer for the project, Ron Schildknecht, came to Amarillo from Dallas.
Running the only camera, Schildknecht sees most of the shots before anyone else.Bill Sexton of KGNA radio will be narrating the film, adding the touch of his well-known voice to the quality of the film.
The project is made with the help of many different organizations.
Filming has taken place at all three campuses of AC.
Also worked into the film will be shots from downtown Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon, Bishop Hills, Memorial Park and the medical center complex.
Junior High Students make film
Filmmaker Ron Schildknecht, center, instructs Elizabethton High School students on the finer points of operating a video camera as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Artist-in-Schools program. Photo by Earl Carter.
He went on to receive his masters in Educational Media at East Texas State University, where he was also an assistant instructor. In 1980, he entered the American Cinema Editors (ACE) Student Editing Competition and was one of the three top national finalists to receive an award at last spring’s ACE Banquet in Beverly Hill Calif.
His dramatic video production, Chapters, for which he was co-producer and director of photography, was entered in the National Video Competition sponsored by the American Film Institute and Sony Corp. It was awarded regional runner-up earlier this year.
A member of the American Film Institute, Schildknecht has “been involved in the development of visual presentations for the United Way, world hunger, and a stage production, as well as television commercials.”
Supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the school system and local sources, the Artist-in-Schools program is “designed to integrate the arts into the basic school curriculum. The program provides grants and consultancy to place practicing, professional artists in a school situation primarily as a resource to the teaching staff.”
“The students will be producing actual films,” Schildknecht explained. “The reporting class is in the process of making a short documentary on the arrival of the Overmountain Men at Sycamore Shoals. Bob Pannell’s art class will be making an animation film. We now have a video pack and monitor and a Super 8 sound system should arrive soon. This program will be taken to the entire school system teaching film as film and as it applies to various subjects.”
To enhance his program, Schildknecht has also initiated a series of films for students and the general public. These Monday night presentations started recently with a trio of motion picture parodies. Ultimately, he’d like to have an evening of student-produced films.
“The goal of learning is creativity,” he concludes. “Students need not be denied the right to such a valuable discipline. Cooperatively, We must educate a society of not only verbally literate members, but visually literate ones as well.”
Kenneth Moffett, Director of Special Programs for the Elizabethton School System, announced that the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Elizabethton School System a $14,500 grant which is the largest of its kind to be granted in the state.
The grant was for the Artist-in-School Program, which was initiated this year in the Elizabethton School system. However, the program is some 10 years old in the state.
Johnson City and Greene County were the only other school systems in the First District to receive a grant.
The whole purpose of the new program is to introduce students and teachers to creative film and video techniques, practices, possibilities and limitations, pointed out Moffett.
Instructor for the new program is Ronald K. Schildknecht, Louisville, Ky. Mr. Schildknecht is a member of the American Film Institute, and has been an assistant instructor in the Center for Educational Media and Technology at East Texas State University, and graduated magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University majoring in mass communications.
New art program. The Elizabethton City School System this year initiated an arts-in-the classroom program with Ron Schildknecht as instructor. The City also received a $14,500 grant to operate the program from the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. Pictured with Schildknecht as he instructs the loading of a 8mm movie camera are students, Debbie Lamb and Debby Julian.
“Chapters,” a video production on which he served as co-producer and director of photography, was entered in the national Video Competition sponsored by the American Film Institute NS Sony Corporation. The dramatic production was awarded regional runner-up earlier this year.
He has also been involved in the development of visual presentations for the United Way, world hunger, and a stage production, as well as television commercials.
The Artist–in-Schools program, supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and local sources, is designed to integrate the arts into the basic school curriculum.
The program provides grants and consultancy to place practicing, professional artists in a school situation primarily as a resource to the teaching staff.
Mr. Schildknecht stated that every child, every student has one universal, fundamental right: access to education. It has become clear that one essential aspect of the learning process is to develop the ability to understand, appreciate, and enjoy the moving image. This responsibility should not be limited to the film specialists, the artists, etc. All educators committed to the intellectual development of our youth are responsible for promoting aesthetic and artistic values in students.
“But unfortunately, many elementary and high school teachers (as well as those in higher education) remain unaware of this visual phenomenon that bombards our daily lives. Consequently, most of their students are also “left in the dark” concerning the visual arts, unable to distinguish the elements of the medium that make them think and feel the way the filmmaker wants them to,” added Schildknecht.
“In short, the electronic revolution – with its constant gamut of programming from thirty-second commercials to prime-time soaps and sit coms to on-the-spot news coverage – has desensitized audiences into passive, visually illiterate viewers. We are surrounded with visual and aural messages like a fish is surrounded with water.”
“So the problem is: How do you make a fish realize that he is wet? If you simply told him, I doubt that he would believe you. But, through a series of planned experiences, he is likely to make the observation himself.”
In closing Schildknecht stated,” The goal of all learning is creativity. Through a successful film-video program, students are given such an opportunity by the making of films and by the writing and discussing of films. Visual awareness is an ability that benefits all involved. Students need not be denied the right to such a valuable discipline. Cooperatively, we must educate a society of not only verbally literate members, but visually literate ones as well.”
Moffett pointed out that very good results have already been shown with the new program and another activity of the program will be the visiting artists aspect. “Ron has already been talking to national film makers about visiting our school system.”
Ronald K. Schildknecht, Louisville, Ky. will serve as the Artist-in-Schools working with video and film in the Elizabethton City Schools during the 1981-82 school year. A member of the American Film Institute, he has been an assistant instructor in the Center for Educational Media and Technology at East Texas State University, and graduated magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University majoring in mass communications.
Schildknecht was nominated as one of the top three national finalists in the 1980 American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) Student Editing Competition, and received an award at the A.C.E. Banquet in Beverly Hills, Calif., this past spring. “Chapters,” a video production on which he served as co-producer and director of photography was entered in the National Video Competition sponsored by the American Film Institute and Sony Corporation. The dramatic production was awarded regional runner-up earlier this year.
He has also been involved in the development of visual presentations for the United Way, world hunger, and a stage production, as well as television commercials.
The Artists-in-Schools program, supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, and local sources, is designed to integrate the arts into the basic school curriculum. The program provides grants and consultancy to place practicing, professional artists in a school situation primarily as a resource to the teaching staff.
The purpose of the film-video component of the program is to introduce students and teachers throughout the school system to creative film and video techniques and practices by utilizing school film projects, film festivals, visiting artists, and other means.
Schildknecht will be working in the schools for the full school year, providing a program of instruction and resources in film and video. This event has been made possible with the financial assistance of the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the state and federal agencies which encourage and support public participation in the arts.
COMMERCE, Texas - “May I have the envelope, please.”
Ron Schildknecht, an East Texas State University graduate from Louisville, Ky., has his fingers crossed.
Schildknecht hopes that when the envelope seal is broken the night of March 21, Mark Hamill will say, “And the winner is… Ron Schildknecht of East Texas State University.”
Hamill, Luke Skywalker of “Star Wars” fame, is scheduled to reveal the winner of the 1981 Eddie Award in the student editing competition of American Cinema Editors, Inc.
Schildknecht is one of three nominees for the prestigious award from an original group of candidates limited to 60 by the film editors’ society.
For a young man whose dream is someday to become a Hollywood film director, Schildknecht’s first trip to America’s glamour capital will be a memorable one.
The student film editing competition will be the only recognition given to a non professional during the evening-long awards banquet – a la the Academy Awards ceremony – in the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.
Schildknecht’s selection nomination was based upon his creative editing of a scene from an episode of the TV series “Vegas” aired earlier this year.
“Aaron Spelling Productions (producer of “Vegas”0 sent me 350 feet of dailies (16mm film) and sound track,” Schildknecht said. “My challenge was to creatively interpret that footage and package it as a scene from ‘Vegas.’ ”
The same footage was submitted to each contestant, and a panel of professional film editors selected the three finalists for the Eddie Award.
Schildknecht’s honor is particularly notable considering that the competition was his first attempt at editing sound.
EDDIE AWARD NOMINEE - Ron Schildknecht, and East Texas State University graduate from Louisville, Ky., is one of three nominated for the Eddie Award in the student editing competition of the American Cinema Editors, Inc. The winner will be announced by Mark Hamill during the Academy Awards presentations in Hollywood on March 21. Schildknecht’s selection nomination was based upon his creative editing of a scene from an episode of the TV series “Vegas” aired earlier this year. Photo by David Walvoord.
Schildknecht’s interest in filmmaking developed at an early age.
“When I was a kid, my family usually went on a summer vacation, and Dad always took home movies.,” he said. “It was a big deal for me when he’d let me shoot some footage."
Schildknecht’s interests began to refine when, as a high school student, he produced and directed two films as class projects.
When he completed his bachelor’s degree last year at Western Kentucky University, it was with a major in mass communication and a minor in film studies.
Schildknecht emigrated to ETSU on the recommendation of a Western Kentucky professor, Dr. Ed Counts, who had earned his doctor’s degree at ETSU and knew that ETSU’s Dr. Bruce Ledford (now Schildknecht’s major advisor) was involved in several film projects.
“Cinematography is a highly specialized area of study, and we were extremely pleased that a student of Ron’s obvious abilities decided to come to Texas to study with us,” Ledford said.
Schildknecht is scheduled to receive his master’s degree in educational technology with a photojournalism minor next December.
While ETSU has established a national reputation in the training of still photographers, cinematography is a developing area at the Commerce school.
“Because of their proximity to the film industry, the well known film programs have developed on the coast,” Ledford said.
He noted that American Cinema Editors’ student competitions typically have been dominated by students from the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.
“We think it is quite the honor for Ron, and for ETSU, that he was selected as an Eddie nominee,” Ledford said.
Schildknecht isn’t going to be downcast if he doesn’t win the Eddie. He looks upon the competition as a “valuable learning experience.”
In fact, he’s already involved in his new project.
Schildknecht is producing an original 15-minute drama titled “Chapters” which was authored by another ETSU student, Charles Cranston of Paris, Texas.
“Charles’ story is about a psychotic novelist who acts out the chapters of his book,” Schildknecht said.
The film is being entered in the student competition of the National Video Fest, which will take place this summer in Washington, D.C.
“I could see myself working in Hollywood someday – maybe as a director. But I’ll be happy if I can just become a success at some phase of film production whether it’s in Hollywood, commercial work or as an independent filmmaker,” Schildknecht said.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Schildknecht is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Lloyd Schildknecht, Louisville, Ky.)
An ET student was chosen Monday to attend the American Cinema Editors' Banquet in Hollywood.
Ron Schildknecht, Louisville, Ky. graduate, placed in the top three out of 53 students to participate in a national editing competition. He will attend the banquet to find out whether his entry was best among the three top finalists.
Ron Schildknecht, Louisville, Ky. graduate, takes a break from his film editing work that made him one of the top three finalists in a national student editing competition. Photo by Scott Metcalfe.
"They sent me some footage from the show and I put it together as I saw fit," Schildknecht said. "I got the footage in November and ironically the episode was on TV the next week," he said.
"I saw it, but I don' think it helped or hurt me. I'm sure other schools video-taped the show, but it wouldn't show much creativity if they copied exactly what the editors had done with the footage. I went home for Christmas, and I read every book I could find on film editing. I spend about three weeks editing a scene of five minutes down to two minutes," Schildknecht explained.
Since the transportation and lodging are not paid for, Ron will have to foot the bill for all expenses except the meal itself. When asked whether he would go, "There is no doubt that I'm going. It's just something you have to do."
Ronald Keith Schildknecht of 2717 Maxon Drive is planning to sponsor a carnival on August 1 at 11:30.
"I want to help kids who have "Muscular Dystrophy," says Ronald, "and it might be fun too.
Ronald, 11, is a sixth grader at Goldsmith. The part of the carvival project that has kept him busiest is his advertising campaign.
He has been making posters and displaying them in the local grocery and in other spots around the neighborhood. He expects about 50 younsters to attend the event, including a lot of his baseball pals.
Featured at Ronald's carnival will be a Popeye cartoon and a movie about Weeki Wachi, Florida. A puppet show has also been planned by some of the kids in the neighborhood.
A friend donated some old comic books she didn't want anymore; he plans to sell them at the carnival.
Admission to the event will cost area youngsters 5 cents, games another nickel. He is planning on charging a dime admission to the movie and cartoon...