MINOCQUA - People love watching commercials during the Super Bowl.
One Northwoods video club wants to use their skills to make one of those commercials.
You’ll see this behind the scenes at most video shoots.
But for Charlotte Fohner’s video students, this is their chance to shoot a Super Bowl commercial.
That’s because Doritos will use the best homemade commercial.
"I went to the Doritos website and I read their rules. Kind of went through it," Fohner said.
"Then I emailed Paul, who is helping me direct the video club, and said hey what do you think about this for a project for video club."
Fohner formed a video club in September.
She wanted to help kids who have the same passion for videography.
"During the summer we often have high school age people to come and help us at our work place. One of them is high school senior named Paul Hein who was interested in learning more video," said Fohner.
"When I found out his friends wanted to learn more, I was like well here’s an opportunity for me to give some of my knowledge to people who want to learn more and create a group."
So they used the Super Bowl Doritos Commercial contest as a teaching lesson.
"We’ve done stuff before, but this is kind of the first video we’ve done using the members of the club," Video Club, co-leader, Paul Hein said.
"As a club planning it out a lot in advanced and stuff like that. So I feel like this was a pretty good experience for all of us."
The goal is to have the commercial played during the Super Bowl.
They would also like to win one million dollar prize.
But for now, they’re just focused on perfecting their skills.
"I think none of us we’re expecting to win or are expecting to win. The chances of that are one in a very large number," Hein said.
"So I don’t think any of us expected to win. We just wanted to have a good time and kinda get more experience."
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
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