Bridging a generation divide: High school student films Lakeville community
LAKEVILLE – Even atheists who don’t like sandwiches can find something to do in Lakeville, said Apponequet high school student Boston Piquette.
That’s the message of Piquette’s new TV show, “Things to Do in Lakeville,” that he has been creating for LakeCAM, Lakeville’s community access television channel. (The opening line about sandwich-hating nonbelievers is the punchline to a joke about how Lakeville is a collection of lakes, churches and a Subway franchise).
Piquette said that when he initially started creating the show, he was worried that he wouldn’t find any events to film. But he quickly learned that Lakeville would play host to an arts festival and to a dog wedding between two paw-crossed lovers.
“There was so much going on,” Piquette said.
As he filmed different events for his show, Piquette said he noticed a generational divide in Lakeville. High school students like himself didn’t often attend the same events that parents, seniors or younger children did.
“There’s definitely a gap. When we were at the dog wedding, we only saw a couple of kids from our school, and that was because their parents were working at the dog wedding,” he explained. “It would be cool if ‘Things to do in Lakeville’ could show the younger people of Lakeville different events that are happening and maybe make them want to get out and go to them.”
Piquette’s first episode can be watched on Youtube, and he is already hard at work on the second episode.
At the Dec. 2 Lakeville Lions tree lighting, Piquette took an unusual approach to interviewing Santa and sat in Santa’s lap — and Piquette was far larger than the children who normally are Santa’s target audience.
That sort of interview technique is common throughout Piquette’s videos.
In the first episode of “Things to do in Lakeville,” Piquette wasn’t afraid to participate in the events he was filming. He ended up cooking a s’more and eating noodles served by a vendor.
Piquette said his interest in film production began when he made a video for a Youtube channel about people dancing on a beach while a boombox played. The Youtube channel led to a more serious job at LakeCAM.
Piquette’s friends play important roles in “Things to do in Lakeville” episodes, he explained. His friend Austin Pelletier, who also works for LakeCAM, helped film his TV show, and other friends volunteered as well.
“We got a decent amount of our friends to be in ‘Things to do in Lakeville’ episode one,” Piquette said.
Piquette said that video production work has taught him how to stay calm in the face of adversity.
At one point while creating the first episode of “Things to do in Lakeville,” Piquette said he thought he lost all the footage of the dog wedding he and his team recorded.
“I couldn’t just freak out and call it quits, because then there wouldn’t be an episode,” Piquette said. “I had to research different ways to open an SD card on a MacBook. Luckily I found [the footage], but I felt very stressed out and I could see how that could happen a lot in video production.”
Although it’s difficult to balance his responsibilities as a high school lacrosse player with his video work, Piquette said he wants to continue studying video production in college.
He added that he found the hands-on experience gained through LakeCAM to be a more effective teacher than some of the more abstract lessons he learns in school.
“I like the hands-on approach a lot more,” Piquette said. “School is great, it’s good to be in school, but I’ve worked for LakeCAM for [about] a year and six months and I was taught how to use the equipment … I think that could help me going into college already having the knowledge of how to do some things on my own.”