Soon-to-be graduate gains experience at Brattleboro Community Television

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BRATTLEBORO — Mycroft Stone can recall making short videos since the age of 4 but he could not remember the plot of his first movie.

"I've been interested in storytelling for a really long time," he said outside a studio at Brattleboro Community Television, where he interned to get credits for a class at Brattleboro Union High School. "To me, the best way to tell a story is through film. It's like books but you can see everything. You don't have to imagine anything."

Graduating Friday from Brattleboro Union High School, Stone will then attend Norwich University of the Arts, outside of London. He is a dual citizen as his father is originally from England.

Norwich University is "not as expensive as American schools," Stone said. "I just kinda want to see where I can go and get out of Brattleboro, which is just a change of scenery. I've lived here my entire life."

Georgina Redbarnes, international recruitment manager at Norwich University of the Arts, said the university looks forward to welcoming Stone to its campus.

"His experience at Brattleboro Community Television and the initiative he has shown in gaining this internship will serve him well as he starts his BA Visual Effects degree here," Redbarnes said. "Mycroft is just the sort of student we look for.”

Stone's plan is to study special effects. He is a big fan of the sci-fi television series "Doctor Who."

"I kinda want to make people go, 'Wow, that's crazy,' and bring things that don't exist in real life onto the screen," he said.

Stone said he will "definitely" come back to Brattleboro.

"This is my home," he said. "I may not settle here but I will always come back to Brattleboro because it is the place that raised me. It is my favorite town in the whole entire world."

It also is where Stone started volunteering at a public access television station a year or two before he decided to intern there. Mostly, he edited while getting credits for Advanced Art Studies in the Community at BUHS.

"We've had other students through that program," said Cor Trowbridge, executive director of BCTV. "It means he gets credits for working for a nonprofit in the community."

Stone said he is one of five students in the class and each one participates in an internship that has do with their area of interest. He has been in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at the school since freshman year and has been in what is called the Digital Communication and Design Strand.

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"I think I've made a lot of my films while I was at the VPA Academy just because of the classes I was taking," he said.

Editing had been a struggle for Stone. But the more he does it, he said, the better he gets. He largely credits his work at BCTV with helping him to improve.

Trowbridge said the station offers plenty of "low-stakes editing" opportunities. Volunteers, who film events but don't want to edit or don't know how, submit videos and then an intern or another volunteer can trim parts and add titles with no tight deadlines or high expectations.

"They know I'm not a high-powered filmmaker —- 'You've done it all wrong, now we can't use it,'" Trowbridge said. "Practicing is something we can offer."

Stone has edited presentations from the Tiny House Fest Vermont and Brown Bag Lunches at the River Garden. He also helped with "live switching," where he'll change the camera views during a live production in the studio. He learned how to do that in a class at the high school called TV Production.

BCTV helps set up the studio at the high school. Then the station airs the school's newscasts on its channel.

Stone enjoyed live switching.

"It was just a lot of fun to be like, 'I can actually do this,'" he said. "There are actually people who are counting on you and it's like, This is really awesome."

Trowbridge said the station hosts about five interns each year. Interns come from BUHS, Landmark College, Hilltop Montessori School, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

This marks the second year BCTV is livestreaming the BUHS and Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School graduations at facebook.com/brattleborotv and youtube.come/user/brattleborotv.

"It's popular," Trowbridge said. "People can comment and share. It just gets around more."

The videos will be shown on Channel 8 over the next two weeks. They also will be available right after the ceremony on brattleborotv.org, where DVDS of the ceremonies can be purchased.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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