A behind-the-scenes look of Friday Night Lights

We're meeting the students on the other side of the Friday Night Lights.

WEBSTER, Texas – When it comes to Friday Night Lights, the focus is typically on the football game.

But at Challenger Columbia Stadium, we’re meeting the students on the other side of the spotlight.

Below its bands and fans, behind two rows of cheerleaders, Clear Brook High School’s football team seemed bigger than ever—almost three stories tall and almost 20 feet wide. That’s in part to the district’s new million dollar jumbo screen that streams every play live and then some.

All thanks to teacher David Derr’s team of teens.

“The kids are learning, having fun and they’re getting some experience difficult to replicate in any other environment,” Derr said.

Thirteen seniors were hand picked from the school’s audio-video programs around the district.

C3 Studios staff produces, edits, directs and even shoots everything seen by fans—that includes commercials, highlights and replays—all shown live.

“It’s pretty nerve-racking, but it’s exciting, too, because you know you’re the one doing that,” said Clear Brook High School senior Leslie Acosta.

And success breeds confidence.

“The way that I know I did a good job is that people don’t know I’m doing it,” said Clear Springs High School senior Chandler Ray.

Student Christine Taylor loves live sports. Her mom and dad raised her around football tailgates, so directing is her dream, and this opportunity feels like a gateway.

“It’s so awesome to see how we get all of this live and go back and edit it for our school shows and have it air to everyone,” Taylor said, a Clear Creek senior. “It’s amazing.”

It’s also by design.

Word is board members only agreed to buy the fancy new scoreboard if it served as a learning too. Derr’s team in grey will tell you it’s much more.

They’ve done four live games so far, and already district audio-video teachers are talking about adding a live studio show in the future.


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