Students directing filming (Maria Durana)

Student-Made Commercial Mixes Spoken Word, Park Volunteer Programs

From Park E-ventures, October 2013

Three students from Ex’pression College’s digital filmmaking and motion graphics programs lent their talent this semester to produce a commercial, aimed at youth, for the park’s volunteer programs.

We think they deserve an “A”—and two enthusiastic thumbs up! We love the mix of spoken word, motion graphics, and great shots of our volunteers at work. Watch this fun video and let us know what you think.

The National Park Service Design Volunteers in Parks Program partners with local design schools to provide real-world projects for students, giving them an opportunity to showcase their skills in new media design while providing the park with beautiful marketing materials.

With guidance from their teachers, Ex’pression College students Glenn Mercado, Jaraed Bello, and Matt Taylor took on the Volunteer Department as a “client.” Throughout the semester, they studied our program, pitched several ideas, designed a storyboard, composed the script, auditioned actors, filmed actual park volunteers and spoken word artists on location, created an amazing set of motion graphics, and finally put it all together in a stirring 60-second spot. Whew!

We could not be happier with the finished product; we were impressed by the overall professionalism of the team and incredibly thankful for their many late nights spent working on this sensational video.

As you can see, there are many ways to give back to the park. Explore those opportunities on our webpage. See you out there soon!


Special thanks to everyone who contributed their time and talent to the making of this video.  

Ex’pression College Production Team: Glenn Mercado (Digital Film), Jaraed Bello (Digital Film), Matt Taylor (Motion Graphics)
Production Assistant: Jyra Valenzuela
Spoken Word Artists: Jon Wheatley and Jazmine Allen
Ex’pression College Instructors: Mike Russell and Shanti Jones
Featured Volunteers: 200 first-year students from University of the Pacific who joined us for a day of trail maintenance, nursery work and habitat restoration at six sites through the park, and Presidio Nursery Wednesday Drop-in volunteers

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