Student's love of video becomes message of support for troops
STUTTGART, Germany — Patch High School senior Bonne Barton always liked making movies.
She played with a video camera while growing up as an Army brat. And when her dad, a Special Forces Green Beret, was assigned to Stuttgart this fall, she decided to combine her love of making movies with a way to support the troops.
“It’s just something that really took off,” said Barton, who has spent the past academic year interviewing rock ’n’ roll bands and coaxing them into taping messages of support for U.S. troops.
“The response has really been great.”
Barton has recorded more than a half-dozen videos with a variety of music stars. She is working on getting the clips to air on American Forces Network.
Her teacher, Walter Fritz, said Barton has a zest for videography and an enthusiasm for interviewing.
“She gets people to open up,” said Fritz, who teaches video communication classes at Patch.
Barton’s first attempt was with Papa Roach, which performed in Böblingen, just outside Stuttgart in October.
Fritz told her to contact the German agents for the performers’ record album, which she did, and an interview was set up.
During the interview, which she edited for a class project, she asked the band members to record a message for U.S. troops.
The lead singer did: “What’s up, you all?” he asked. “I want to say peace.”
Later she interviewed singers from the group Murder Dolls. Their message was more whimsical: “Keep wearing camouflage,” they said.
Other groups Barton interviewed include Hells for Heroes, Bloody Valentine, Disturbed, Soul Fly and Good Charlotte.
“These are the groups young soldiers are listening to,” she said.
Barton said the hardest part of making the video messages was learning how to edit the video. The easiest part, she said, was doing the interviews.
“I’ve always been good with people, and these people are easy to talk to. It was very comfortable,” she said.
The most disappointing interview attempt was in Munich with O-Town, an American pop music boy group created from a reality TV show. “I was just blown off,” she said.
Barton recently entered several of her videos in the Kaiserslautern Videofest, where she competed against students from the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
She received several excellent rating but no superiors for her videos, some of which included excerpts of the segments she recorded for the troops.
“I just got to work on what I’m doing and getting it better,” she said.