HUGHESVILLE - As Ryan Kepner was standing in place, practicing his role in a school news production, Jay Hiller gave him a piece of advice from the control room: "Don't wear green."
That advice was given after Kepner's torso became a bit transparent on camera in front of a green screen in Hughesville High School's new production studio.
The seniors are part of the newly-formed Video Production Club at Hughesville High School and are preparing to make their live, on-camera debuts thanks to the new studio.
As Superintendent Michael Pawlik explained, a grant from Muncy Bank and Trust helped turn a computer lab into a fully-functioning production in March.
"It was just a regular room in the summer and we made it into a studio," Pawlik said.
The studio has been something that Tom Coburn, principal, and Adam Creasy, director of technology, have been wanting for the past four years.
And now that they get to see their idea come to fruition, Coburn said it's an exciting time for the district.
"It's exciting. The students here are all very creative," he added.
And although they haven't gone live yet in studio, the students and faculty did receive training in the equipment and Pawlik created a video explaining the district's PSSA results. The video's link is on the district's website.
The group also broadcast Friday's football game against Montoursville on its website.
Pawlik said the group is working on putting together a morning segment to play each day. Students also are putting together ideas for their own small productions.
The studio is equipped with some of the same technology that Fox Philadelphia has in its studio, Pawlik said.
The room has two Wi-Fi cameras - so they can film away from the studio and still feed it into the control room - studio lights and a control room with all of the gadgets.
And there's a green screen, which lets the group put the anchor anywhere in the world.
"It's endless possibilities with the green screen," Kepner said.
The students also can take a picture of something and put it in the background of a shot.
Creasy said although they've had training, the students learn mostly by playing with the equipment and trying different techniques.
Hiller said it's nice to have a place specifically for production. Hiller and his brother, Eric, won first place in a state competition for digital movie.
"It's going to be nice because we have a nice, secluded place away from people," Jay said.
Pawlik added that this will create a better relationship with the community as they can do segments in it and also put their own information out to the public about the district.
And although the group of seniors will only get one year with the equipment, they said they feel like pioneers.
"We get to do it first," Jay said.
"We're going to make the best of it," Kepner added.