Filmed over the course of four months (from September to January), showrunner Logan Cook, and fellow TTV members Jonathon Myers and Jerrod McGann, used an iPhone and the video editing software iMovie to bring “Locked Out” to life.
According to KHS journalism teacher Michael Staggers, who oversees the production of the show, TTV used to be a daily announcement show broadcasted via television to every room at KHS during the early 2000s. Now that the wiring in the television sets has gone bad due to age, TTV has become a web series that still acts as a news show for the school, but Staggers has also given his students the creative freedom to explore their storytelling talents.
Cook, a junior at KHS and an aspiring filmmaker, created the 10-part scripted comedy miniseries “Locked Out,” a series that acts as a clever excuse for why the TTV crew can’t film in their recording room while they are remodeling it. “I wanted to clean up the room,” Cook said, “but to clean up the room I couldn’t film [in] the room, so I had to have a reason why we weren’t in the room.” The series gets its title from the very reason the crew can’t film in their regular recording room: someone has locked them out of the room, and it’s up to them to find out who.
Episode one of the series begins with Cook whistling as he tries to find the correct key to open the TTV room. After testing every key on his keyring with no success, he calls his journalism teacher, Mr. Staggers, to try his luck with the keys. When none of them work for him, Staggers notifies Cook that they have been “locked out” of the room. At the end of the episode, a mysterious masked figure dressed in black from head to toe appears at the TTV room door and disappears in a flash as soon as he’s spotted.
Episode two has Cook bored out of his mind as he sits in class with nothing to do since the TTV room is locked. Before the episode comes to an end, Cook comes face to face with the masked figure again in the hallway after a bathroom break.
In episode three, Cook starts to descend into madness as he creates a list of clues and evidence on a whiteboard to solve the mystery of who the masked figure (now known as Nemo) is and why he locked the room. Staggers chose this episode as one of his personal favorites from the series. He enjoyed watching Cook at the end of the episode kicking and screaming as McGann and Myers drag him out of the classroom. “I also enjoyed the whiteboard in general just because it had a lot of inside jokes and stuff like that written on it that people might not have gotten,” Staggers said.
After crying hysterically over their locked room, Cook, McGann and Myers walk out on an interview with KHS cheerleaders outside of the TTV room and decide to go against Staggers’ wishes and hunt down the mysterious Nemo in episode four.
Episode five has the TTV crew interrogating three KHS students they suspect are secretly Nemo in a series of good cop-bad cop-funny cop scenarios. McGann sited this episode as his favorite from the series.
Episode six of “Locked Out” is packed with so many twists and turns that to spoil even one of those elements would be a disservice to the creativity of the TTV crew. However, Staggers also sited this episode as one of his favorites because at one point in the episode, the TTV crew visit his former co-anchor from when he was a member of TTV, Keyser Primary School teacher Stephanie Stephen, at her classroom in KPS to seek her help in finding Nemo (pun intended).
Cook, who directed every episode of “Locked Out,” said his favorite scenes were the last scenes of each episode.
Staggers said Potomac State College students will enjoy seeing a show completely produced by students in their age range. “[PSC student’s] humor is similar to I’m sure what [TTV students] have, and they would probably laugh at a lot of the same things that these guys find funny.”
With 1,197 likes and 1,247 followers, the TTV Facebook page continues to upload new episodes weekly. Other episodes available on their page include “Mr. Staggers, I Have an Idea,” “The Fazz and the Fureyous” and “Tornado TV 3017.” TTV can be found on Facebook at Tornado TV.