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Senior Isaac Foley focuses on video production at Scecina

Senior Isaac Foley created this video exploring the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making Scecina's student-produced "Red and Gold Show." Students create this program daily in teacher Chad Tuley's class.

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications 

Scecina’s TV production classes can lead students in different directions. They could become a sports or news broadcaster. They could make money off their YouTube channels or become a filmmaker.

Senior Isaac Foley started off making YouTube videos. He’s passionate about creating images and videos and telling stories with his camera. “When I was in seventh grade (at St. Simon Catholic School), I used to be obsessed with YouTube, so I decided to give creating videos a shot,” he said. “I taught myself how to edit, and once I started producing videos, I fell in love.” 

At Scecina, he’s deepened his love for – and his expertise in – video through three years of media classes and working on the daily student-produced news show called “The Red and Gold Show.” 

“My favorite media production activity is shooting my own video and then editing it,” he said. “It’s so fulfilling to be able to say you created something from scratch.” This year, he has three media classes, TV Production, Yearbook and Advanced TV Production, a dual-credit class that gives students college credit. Isaac plans to get the college credit and pursue production and probably a telecommunications degree in college. He hopes to have a career in news editing. 

“Isaac is really dedicated to media. Some students find a niche in high school, and Isaac has made media part of his identity here at Scecina,” said media teacher Chad Tuley (right, wtih Isaac Foley). “He shoots video and takes photos at school events multiple times per week. He also works hard in class and on his own to improve his photography skills and techniques.” 

Related story: Scecina Teacher Spotlight on Chad Tuley

Mr. Tuley said Isaac has learned more about using manual settings when shooting, which helped his videos and photos stand out. 

“He also understands how to interview, shoot footage, and produce a story all on his own,” said Mr. Tuley, who is teaching for his 13th year at Scecina. 

In turn, Mr. Tuley has been a major influence on Isaac’s experience at Scecina. 

“He’s taught me so much about creating story packages and has helped me steadily improve, skill wise, throughout the years,” Isaac said. 

In Isaac’s sophomore year, he created a video package on Scecina basketball player Mario Dippel, Class of 2017, which remains his personal favorite. “It’s what I considered my turning point from my projects being mediocre to pretty good,” said Isaac. 

Isaac also filmed the music video that included whole Scecina school last year. The video won a competition among Roncalli, Ritter and Triton Central high schools during basketball season. Click here to view that video. 

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