Video Art III class changes focus of video

Sara Evall

Students filmed a new bus safety video May 5 in honor of Julia Siegler ’14, who was killed by a car while walking to her bus in 2010. Michelle Paster ’98 shot the first bus safety video in November, but when Video Art teacher Cheri Gaulke showed it to her Video Art III class, they decided that it did not have the right tone. Out of her students’ proposed ideas, Gaulke chose Jack Goldfisher’s ’14 concept.

“I sent [Gaulke] essentially a rough outline of the script, and she liked it, so we got Jake Feiler’s [’13] approval who worked on behalf of Julia and her parents in the campaign,  and then we shot probably about three or four weeks ago,” Goldfisher said. “Now we’re in the editing process and it should be done by the beginning of summer.”

Goldfisher had nine of Siegler’s friends visit her memorial site, place flowers and trinkets on it and wear purple.

“It was a very relaxed and simple vibe in the concept,” Goldfisher said. “It essentially is focused around Jake and his relationship with Julia and it’s told mostly through voiceovers.”

The video will be sent out to students and parents before they sign up for bus service and the Atlantic Express bus company. Paster was heavily involved in the making of the new film. Goldfisher said that since she did not know Siegler personally, initially she did not have the right perspective.

“Our production of the second video was just our wanting to make sure that Julia was remembered positively,” Goldfisher said.