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Brothers’ video yearbook a lively memento of high school days

September 17, 2007

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Eudora High School seniors Connor and Logan Hartpence review footage of Pajama Day at Eudora High School. The twins are producing the school's next video yearbook.

Eudora High School seniors Connor and Logan Hartpence review footage of Pajama Day at Eudora High School. The twins are producing the school's next video yearbook.

Not satisfied to leave their high school years sealed in still pages and binding, Eudora High School seniors Connor and Logan Hartpence chose to record their experiences behind a video camera.

The twins have helped create the high school's video yearbook for the last three years. The duo learned the production process from 2006 graduate Guy Kirby Montgomery.

"We were like Kirby's young squires," Connor said.

In fall 2006, the brothers took over the project. Since then, the twins have positioned themselves at football games, club meetings and school events to find segments to fill the disc.

People have gotten used to seeing the video yearbook cameras around, Logan said.

"You get people that are all crazy about it," Logan said.

The video yearbook is separate from the school's official yearbook. Journalism teacher Matt Bova advises the Hartpences.

Although the video yearbook includes some of the same subjects found in the print version, Logan and Connor spice up their project with sound and music.

"We just find the music that will fit the mood of the segment," Connor said.

That means the duo would probably use a fast-paced, upbeat track to accentuate the hits and plays made by the Cardinal football team, but softer music for other events, he said.

Last year's disc featured a slow-motion shot of current senior Dustin True falling face-first into a puddle during a mud volleyball game. The yearbook crew also filmed an exchange during a pep assembly last year when 2007 graduate Paul Chaffin flung a pie at Eudora High School Principal Dale Sample.

The brothers spend the second semester editing the film.

For last year's disc, which fit more than two hours of content on one DVD, the brothers probably worked 200 hours between them.

"We had a lot of problems last year getting it all on one disc," Logan said.

Their brotherhood has helped sew the project together. If one of them needs to find out where the other saved a clip, it's only a matter of yelling upstairs.

"It's a lot easier," Logan said.

When finished, the school sells the video yearbooks for $15 to benefit the Eudora High School Student Council.

"I just wish we had a video class," Logan said.

Eudora New reporter Patrick Cady can be reached at (785) 542-2747.

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