Livestream Recording of Kim John Payne at HMS

Building Connections in the Age of Screens

Please enjoy an encore presentation (above) of Kim John Payne's insights into maintaining connections with our families and others. He spoke to a live in-house and online audience on September 20, 2018, as part of our student-run livestream 'fireside chat' speaker series.

Renowned consultant and trainer Kim John Payne, M.ED, offers real-world, tried and true suggestions and tips for navigating the wonders and pitfalls of this modern-day reality:
  • How to maintain loving limits, warm, firm and calm discipline and strong family connections in a world where increasingly “screens are supreme”
  • How to build focus, grit and good judgment so that our kids do not become overwhelmed with media driven images but can shape their own self esteem, hopes, and dreams.
  • How to encourage respect when negative images of adults pervade pop culture.
  • Fitting in with friends. “Won’t my kids be disadvantaged if I limit screen media?”
  • Aloneness vs. loneliness. Helping kids know the difference.
  • The alluring world of no boundaries that screen use develops and how this makes discipline difficult.
Kim has worked with over 230 U.S. independent and public schools; and has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for nearly 30 years. He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world.

He has appeared frequently on television, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC, and NPR; and in print, including being featured in Time magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union, and the LA Times.

Student Technical Crew (2018)

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  • Producer - Joseph Laszlo ‘13

    Joe was extensively involved in digital arts while a student at HMS, and we were happy to have him return as our guest producer for this event. Joe trained the student crew in how to set up the cameras, intercoms and lighting. He has recently completed his degree in filmmaking at Fitchburg State University and is currently a full-time employee at New England Studios (NES), the largest professional sound stage in New England. Joe quickly gained rapport with the students and brought his skill and knowledge to the training and forming of the crew.
  • Director - Toby Edson ‘19

    Toby has performed pretty much every role in live production and this time took to the the booth as the director. This is the most stressful job during a broadcast as it requires monitoring the incoming camera feeds, selecting the best shots in real-time, and then communicating with the camera operators over the intercom to fine-tune their shots. There is an interesting back-and-forth "ballet" that occurs between the director and the camera operators as the camera operators try to create what they think are the most interesting shots from their angles and the director works to get from them what he thinks are the most essential shots. Most of these negotiations need to be intuitive, as there is little time to hold long conversations during the middle of the broadcast. Each member of the crew is essentially trying to anticipate the needs of the others and respond immediately in kind. As you can see from the recording of the broadcast, Toby made excellent shot selections and the team worked well as a unit to get engaging pictures of the speaker as he engaged with the audience.

    In addition to his work during the live portion of the event, Toby also consulted with his crew to determine camera locations and sight lines. He decided this year to locate one of the three cameras in the balcony, which gave more of a panoramic shot,  and one that was an interesting contrast to the center and reverse angles from floor level.

  • Assistant Director - Galen Fitzgerald ‘21

    Galen served as First Assistant Camera Operator (1st A.C.) in the Filmmaking block last Fall (2017) and slotted in as the assistant director (AD) for this broadcast. While the director is monitoring the overall flow of shots from an artistic sense, the AD is watching for technical issues such as over/under exposure, focus and framing issues. The director and AD communicate with each other and with the camera crew over the intercom.
  • Camera Operators - Michaela Watkins ‘21, Annella Rizzuto ‘21, Julian Laeng ‘21

    Michaela, Annella, and Julian were all new as camera operators and they did a wonderful job. Michaela and Annella had participated in the filmmaking block class last Fall (2017) and had done set design and costuming as well as acting; Julian had also participated as an actor. This gave them a sense of the general process but also allowed them to see how different live production is from filmmaking. We train the camera operators to be alert and creative in looking for interesting shots. It is a fun game to try to frame the most creative shot so that the director will pick your camera. Some of the panning audience shots were quite artistic and added a lot to the presentation by giving the viewers the sense of the audience's participation.
  • Sound Department - Rye Fought ‘19, Clay Ritter ‘19

    Although it is not widely known, sound is the most important element of a film or live broadcast. Audiences will sit through occasional picture problems, but if the dialog is not clearly audible, the audience will quickly evaporate. Rye stepped in as our Sound Engineer and managed a sophisticated wireless sound mixer that received feeds from our speaker Kim John Payne, a handheld mic that was used by the emcees to introduce and thank Kim, and a wireless boom microphone that was used to pick up audience questions. Clay, who in addition to being extremely talented is also tall :), worked the boom, finding audience members with questions and capturing their voices for the remote viewing audience.
  • Executive Producer -- Jim McClure, Digital Arts Instructor

Students Make the Livestream Event Happen

The Fireside Chat Series has been live-streamed by student teams for the past five years, giving the students an opportunity to use what they've been learning about filmmaking, photography, and sound recording in a real-life situation.  Led by Digital Arts teacher Jim McClure, the student team successfully negotiated the fast-paced live event. Aside from some technical assistance in setting up the editing booth, the Fireside Chats are 100% student- and alumnus-produced and directed. Every decision—from where to put the cameras, how to set up the lighting, and how to cut the scenes during the show—is made by the students. The crew works with a state-of-the-art broadcast rack, similar to those used for commercial broadcasting. Four individuals can sit at the booth and communicate with each other over headsets simultaneously while the director communicates with the camera operators and guides them in real time.

Learn more about the production team roles and those who filled them and read an article about the experiences of a fireside chat tech crew.