Gettys Middle School

Named after Richard Gettys—one of the most well-respected educators in South Carolina—Gettys Middle School recently underwent several major changes, including a transition from a junior high to a middle school. Formerly known as Easley Junior High, the school was restructured to accommodate an ever-growing student population.

To help celebrate these exciting developments, Gettys wanted a video that offers parents and prospective students a glimpse inside the school walls. As Mr. Gettys himself mentions, it’s the family atmosphere that makes the students’ experience so enjoyable. (And he should know. Gettys served as the school’s first principal.)

SlicedTomato believes things should look better on camera than they do in real life. On the day of the shoot, it was actually cloudy and rainy, so we used color grading to make it look like a warm day with a blue sky (a little extra touch that takes the finished product one step up).

Ah, middle school. Some people loved it, others hated it. But one thing is for sure: middle school is a time where you first begin to discover who you are and who your friends will be in the coming years. We captured the spirit of the students and faculty with interviews – showing what they love about their school. “Getty’s green” is the color of the school and we wanted to reflect that in the video. What you won’t see in this video are the memories that will be made, the friendships that will be formed and the passion for sports and arts that will be ignited in these young men and women.

Every year, this video is shown at the beginning of the school year to get students “pumped up” about being part of such a great school. Go Breakers!

Mike Cory, the school principal wanted a video that he could use to showcase Getty’s band, chorus and strings. Previous to this, the only way to give people a preview of these budding musicians before was to load them all up on a bus and send them out, or coordinate a show at the school for visitors to come and watch. Both are costly and time-consuming. Now, Mike simply emails a link to give people a listen.