INDIANAPOLIS – Student film crews from Ball State University will travel to six Indiana destinations this summer and fall to create new, dynamic video content for VisitIndiana.com. A restored train, a children’s zoo and a zip line are among the attractions that will be filmed to encourage travel to Indiana. It is the second phase in an ongoing partnership between the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and Ball State University.
“This is an exciting project that provides real--world experience for young talent while creatively showcasing the many tourism businesses that make Indiana a great place to visit,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “The first series of videos released in May were impressive and I look forward to seeing six more Hoosier communities captured on film.”
The communities selected to be filmed in 2011 are Dubois County, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Hamilton County, Hendricks County and Vevay. Teams of two students will scout several locations in each area in late July and early August. After developing a script, a crew of up to six students will return in September or early October to film.
Students are charged with creating engaging videos that capture the essence of a trip idea found on VisitIndiana.com. The trip ideas provide suggestions to visitors looking for experiences related to rural destinations, family fun, outdoor recreation and sports, romantic retreats, girlfriend getaways and arts and culture. They will launch in spring 2012.
The video project was made possible through a grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development to Building Better Communities at Ball State University. Local convention and visitors bureaus also provided support.
“We are delighted to have been chosen as a featured destination and are looking forward to working with the Office of Tourism Development to develop our script and itinerary,” adds Kristen Guthrie, Marketing Manager for Visit Fort Wayne.