NISD students create manufacturing videos

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Call it on-the-job training.

Northwest High School students Andrew Hall and Reilly Freeman with the help of a faculty member created two impressive videos over the summer. One is a visually-stunning, two-minute time lapse of locomotives being assembled. The other is a video tour of the same locomotive manufacturing plant.

Jeremy Rawe, facilitator for the district’s Academy of Media Arts and Technology, helped the students create the video for the GE Manufacturing Solutions locomotive plant in Fort Worth. Hall and Freeman spent multiple days taping interviews of GE Manufacturing officials and shooting b-roll footage – background shots that are interspersed with the main footage in a film – of the locomotives being constructed.

The six hours of locomotive assembly was condensed into a compelling two-minute video that appears to show a single locomotive being built from start to finish. The students also shot footage in GE’s off-highway vehicle plant shooting footage of machinery and parts.

“This experience allowed our students to create a ‘real world’ video that will be viewed by tour guests at the Fort Worth GE plant as well as be featured in other corporate communication,” Rawe said. “The project demonstrates they are ready for their future. It was an amazing experience for all of us involved.”

The students shot the project in 1080p high definition Canon and GoPro brand cameras that they attached to forklifts and golf carts to allow them to pan around the GE facility. Freeman and Hall edited the footage using top-of-the-line editing software, including a program that let them color correct certain shots.

Go to to view the plant tour video and visit to see the locomotive assembly in time lapse. Learn more about the Northwest school district’s Academy of Media Arts and Technology by going to

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