Monday, July 27, 2015
Summer Studio In Bloom!
Pictured: The SPCW Class Of Winter 2015 upon wrapping their Capstone studio project. Clockwise from left - Joshua Jones, John Campbell, Mike Kasper, Jayson Wynkoop, Dan Lehner, San Boyce, Jeanette Bournival. (Front and center is RVTV student programming assistant Alex Mesadieu. Not pictured is George Cerneskie.)
It's been a very busy kick-off to the sunny season here at Rogue Valley Community Television, with a record number of studio productions underway by both our newer producers and folks from the days when RVTV was situated on the third floor of the Hannon Library.
Speaking of those newer producers -- they have flooded our Studio Production Certification Workshop series the last two consecutive quarters, filling the class to capacity. Thanks to the flexibility afforded by the summer break at Southern Oregon University, our next round will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting on August 19 and continuing on September 2, 16 & 30. If you or someone you know would like to get into the swing of our bustling studio or even make a brand-new live or recorded show, please contact Charles as soon as possible to secure a seat in the class. Remember, you must take Studio Certification in order to crew studio shows!
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED WORKSHOPS
Congratulations to the nine public access producers who have completed our two-part Intermediate Directing series this year, indicating their commitment to reaching that 'next level' of studio production quality. They are San Boyce, Rik Burns, John Campbell, Kayla Elrod, Dezra Guthrie, John Guthrie, Mike Kasper, Michael Rhoades & Gary Mark Roberts. These studio producers join Michael Ball, Dan Barklind, Wanda Borland, Britt Ivy, John Letz, Denise Ross, Bob Schropp, Peggy Siders, Dean Walker and David Wilson from 2013-14.
These nineteen producers are especially distinguished as they are the only ones eligible to take our growing Advanced Workshop menu of workshops -- the first three of which we have now scheduled:
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: GREEN SCREEN FUNDAMENTALS
Thursday, August 20th 6-8pm
Wednesday, August 26th 6-8pm
- Dive in to the principles of compositing video layers.
- Study examples of why you would matte objects into a set, versus using a purely digitally projected one.
- Learn the tricks of separating lighting of your talent/studio space and the green screen
- How to use the tolerance, smoothness and color sampling tools to fine-tune your image.
- Exploration of the virtual set templates available and advice on set-up.
- Integration of the Proc Amp and Crop tools for specialized virtual sets.
NOTICE: As previously announced in this newsletter, and as spelled out in the Community Access Policy, "Use of the Green Screen & Virtual set capabilities is only permitted under the direction of a producer who has completed the Advanced Workshop entitled 'Green Screen Fundamentals.'"
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: ANATOMY OF LIGHTING
Monday, August 24th 6-8pm
Monday, August 31st 6-8pm
- Look at the types of studio lights and their distinct uses.
- Learn how the lighting appliances are put together and why.
- Study the principles of focusing, angle and intensity.
- Exploration of the use of color for mood, effect and color correction.
- What a gobo is and how the textures affect composition.
- How to make humans look human!
- Demonstration of set-up and integration of the lighting grid
- How the lighting panel works and what those 'do not touch' buttons do.
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: ON-SET NETWORKING
Tuesday, September 29th 6-8pm
Tuesday, October 6th 6-8pm
- A look behind that TriCaster rack and get a hands-on demonstration of how all the studio equipment is hooked together.
- Demonstration the use of and best practices advice for the "Aux Out" function of the TriCaster to feed any available video sources to the stand-up widescreen Samsung display.
- A how-to walk-through with the Matrox scan converter system works to translate the feed from our studio-dedicated Mac ProBook laptop to the TriCaster system and how these sets of devices can be tied together so you can run your own Powerpoint set-up, display websites and even play streaming or recorded media from the host's chair.
- Exploration of the benefits and pitfalls of using Skype and other video conferencing software, with an emphasis on maximizing quality and coaching your remote talent.
NOTICE: As previously announced in this newsletter, and as spelled out in the Community Access Policy, "Use of the On-Set Display, the studio laptop, the scan convertor and associated equipment is only permitted under the direction of a producer who has completed the Advanced Workshop entitled 'On-Set Networking.'"
The cost for all Advanced Studio Workshops is $40, and we must emphasize that all workshops are subject to cancellation if there are fewer than three confirmed, pre-paid sign-ups at least 48 hours in advance. So register now!
INTERMEDIATE DIRECTING - AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for these sequential workshops -- Production Design and Production Process -- team-taught by RVTV production coordinator Brandon Givens and public access coordinator Charles Douglas.
With that said, we have no plans to hold further rounds of Intermediate Directing in the next few months... but if you're feeling left out of the Advanced Workshop offerings, we are willing to schedule another set of these this summer. If we get three sign-ups for Intermediate Directing, an all-powerful SurveyMonkey poll will determine when the timing of these will roll out so that everyone can make them.
Please drop a line to Charles at email@example.com or call (541) 552-6898 to get your space reserved.
...AND FIELD CERTIFICATION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER...
Our ever-popular Field Production Certification Workshop series is filling up fast!
Taught primarily by RVTV mentor and uber-prolific producer David Bruce, the FPCW series will give you the basics on the principles of film & video, run through an introduction to the equipment on hand for public access producers and open the door for you to use our Public Access Edit Lab, which is seeing more and more use now that our upgraded Mac terminals offer the full range of Adobe Creative Suite software as well as Final Cut X & Premiere video editing software.
Participants will film and edit a final project for this workshop, either a Public Service Announcement (PSA) or short film between 2-5 minutes in duration. Remember, only Field-Certified Producers can check out equipment from RVTV! These workshops will be held on August 15, August 22, August 29 & September 12, all Saturdays from 12-2 p.m. in the DMC Classroom. Seating is limited due to the need for participants to check out gear for their projects and access the edit lab for, well, editing. Check out the website for details and come by the DMC to sign up.