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RVTV Bulletin

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow...

RVTV has been going strong for 25 years and, like any other network, there have been many unique programs as well as series which have come and gone over the years – a process of creative destruction that matches the evolving passions of our producer community as well as the tastes and interests of the greater community.

In that same time there have been steady upgrades in the media technology standards, both in the wider world and even here at our humble community access operation. From VHS tapes to Super VHS to DVD to digital files, the march of progress has steadily allowed for greater audio & video quality, for more reliable program scheduling and for reduced staff costs given the increasingly foolproof automation of tasks – the nightmare of spending hours a day stacking tapes or arranging DVD carousels is thankfully behind us!

Upon recommendation of your Public Access Advisory Council, RVTV staff in early 2013 eliminated the submission fee for submission of local origination content – which is what our RVTV Voices channel is primarily here to provide – so long as it is provided in a digital format. For the most part, this has been a smooth transition, with 100% of studio productions and well over 80% of field productions in the first year coming in to us in digital – in 2015, we’ve received no more than a dozen DVD submissions and zero in VHS or other formats.

With the digital transmission upgrade and HD streaming standard nearly upon us, the Advisory Council met last fall to review the fee structure given the October 15, 2015 sunset on acceptance of standard definition content. They recommended, and staff now announces, that local submissions will continue to be free to RVTV, so long as they continue to be in digital format (MPEG-2 or MOV files) -- and that they also must be in High Definition (720p minimum).

Any Standard Definition content previously in circulation on RVTV Voices is no longer being aired as of 2016, and any future SD content submitted will have to undergo an up-conversion process as substandard file formats simply will not work in the new programming sever configuration. This up-conversion process is one which will tie up scarce computing resources and staff time, which is why the PAAC recommended and staff have authorized the imposition of a $25 fee per local program ($30 per imported program) undergoing this ‘extra work’ by staff.

As your author was well aware that these changes were on the horizon, the ‘spring cleaning’ of our older programming and non-current series – announced over six months ago – was belayed by RVTV staff as this SD-to-HD conversion process will automatically create much the same result.

Whether automatic due to technological upgrades or as a matter of dutifully enforcing Community Access Policy provisions, staff is well aware that we may be saying goodbye to a number of long-standing series

If you have questions, concerns or just want to find out more, please inquire with DMC staff.

- Charles

SIGN UP NOW FOR ADVANCED WORKSHOPS IN FEBRUARY & MARCH!

It's time to put your chips on the table and raise production values for your programs in 2016.

As a "Word To The Wise Is Sufficient" -- our staff of professional television producers (with literally thousands of hours of production time in the can) are willing to share their industry secrets with local producers, but it's up to you to step forward and sign up.
 

INTERMEDIATE DIRECTING: PRODUCTION DESIGN & PRODUCTION PROCESS

Wednesday, February 2nd, 6-8pm
Wednesday, February 16th, 6-8pm

 

This two part workshop is designed as the immediate follow-up to our basic Studio Certification process, not only for those producers who also wish to Direct, but for any producer who wants to up their game and learn advanced techniques to 'win the game before ever stepping onto the field.'

Production Design covers topics such as: Team building, coordination, pre-production elements, art direction, set design, plan for sound, plan for graphics, music selection. “The accompaniment parts.” Good practices. Planning to tell the story visually & with audio. Packaging and wrapping. Crew communication. Art & Sets, Camera & lights, Sound & Music, and Fonts/Colors/Graphics all coordinated.

Production Process covers topics such as: Developing the plan with your team, clear communication, shot progression, keeping it dynamic, moving the camera, where you would move it and why. Intercutting and transitions, using the rules to maximum effect. Speed & pacing, anticipating the conversation, increasing your rate of cutting. Talking fast & multitasking. Communicating with your on-set crew, differentiating this from communicating with your control room crew. Comparison of coordinated elements in action vs. divergent elements.

Completion of Intermediate Directing is required to take any Advanced Studio Workshop -- and it will be offered only once in the first half of 2016.
 

ADVANCED WORKSHOP: ANATOMY OF LIGHTING

Monday, February 8th, 6-8pm
Monday, February 22nd, 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: GREEN SCREEN FUNDAMENTALS

Monday, March 1st, 6-8pm

Monday, March 15th, 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: ON-SET NETWORKING

Monday, March 3rd, 6-8pm
Tuesday, March 10th, 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 is $40 for any advanced workshop, and once enrolled, you can re-take them as many times as you like. We do require three advance sign-ups to hold these courses or they are subject to cancellation. To register, contact Charles at douglasc@sou.edu or (541) 552-6898.

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE NOTES


Our normal weekly equipment checkout time is on Tuesdays between 3:30-6:30 p.m. Producers are highly encouraged to reserve the equipment they need IN ADVANCE. To do so, please e-mail Charles Douglas at douglasc@sou.edu or call (541) 552-6898. Please turn in equipment during this time and notify us in advance of any time conflicts – do NOT leave equipment at the front desk, the back counter, or with anyone other than Charles, Brandon or Eli.


Pictured: RVTV Public Access producer Rik Burns gets a shot of touring band 'RGB' in the RVTV Studio, with Gary Mark Roberts crewing in the background.
Photo by Charles Douglas.
 

THIS WEEKPRODUCTIONS


Friday
1/15/16
5PM-8PM

LIVE: 6:30-7:30



 

Peace On Mother Earth
Producer: Dan Lehner
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: TBA
Audio Engineer: TBA
Floor Manager: David Wilson
Camera Operator: TBA

 

Saturday
1/16/16
9AM-12PM





 

Clowning Around
Producer: Michael D. Fox
Director: Denise Ross
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Audio Engineer: Alex McGlasson
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Floor Manager: Michael Rhoades
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
1/16/16
12PM-3PM







 

Anything Goes
Producer: Gary Mark Roberts
Director: Gary Mark Roberts
Technical Director: Alex McGlasson
Graphics Manager: Wanda Borland
Audio Engineer: TBA
Script Supervisor: TBA
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Floor Manager: Denise Ross
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
1/16/16
3PM-6PM






 

Grindtime
Producer: Alexander Mesadieu
Director: TBA
Graphics Manager: TBA
Audio Engineer: TBA
Lighting Designer: TBA
Floor Manager: TBA
Camera Operator: TBA

 

Studio Production Times
for Winter Quarter 2016



REMINDER: All cancellations must be made with 7 (seven) days notice, at the peril of losing all production timeslots for this quarter and the next. Yes, we really mean it -- no exceptions aside from documented death in the family, serious illness or other actual emergency. A guest cancellation is not a valid reason -- have a Plan B in place! Cancellations must be made in e-mail format and followed up for confirmation with RVTV staff.
 
   
Fri. Jan. 22
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike

 
Sat. Jan. 23
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Therese Swenson - Tough Times
Alexander Mesadieu - TBA
Dan Lehner - Peace On Mother Earth
 
Fri. Jan. 29
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 
Alexander Mesadieu - 2015 Producer Recognition
 
Sat. Jan. 30
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Wanda Borland - Girl Talk
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages
Mike Kasper - The Poet's Eye
 
Fri. Feb. 5
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

David Wilson - Meditation, The Art Of Loving
 
Sat. Feb. 6
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Andrew Reilly - Jewish Voices For Peace
Michael D. Fox - Clowning Around
Joseph Kauth - Spotlight
 
Fri. Feb. 12
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Therese Swenson - Tough Times

 
Sat. Feb. 13
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Aubry Hollingshead - Puppeteers For Fears
Steve Dreben - In Their Words
David Wilson - Cooking With Kumud
 
Fri. Feb. 19
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike

 
Sat. Feb. 20
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Scott Derrico - Basically Bananas
Gary Mark Roberts - Anything Goes
David Wilson - Cooking With Kumud
 
Fri. Feb. 26
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

OPEN - TBA

 
Sat. Feb. 27
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Joshua Jones - Higher Ground TV
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages
 
Fri. Mar. 4
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

David Wilson - Art & Awareness Of Happy Health

 
Sat. Mar. 5
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Joseph Kauth - Spotlight
Scott Derrico - Basically Bananas
 
Fri. Mar. 11
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Andrew Reilly - Jewish Voices For Peace

 
Sat. Mar. 12
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

John Letz - Adventures In Education
Joshua Jones - Higher Ground TV
Wanda Borland - Girl Talk
 
Fri. Mar. 18
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike

 
Sat. Mar. 19
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

John Letz - Adventures In Education
Britt Ivy - Passion
Mike Kasper - The Poet's Eye
 
Fri. Mar. 25
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

OPEN - TBA

 
Sat. Mar. 26
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Aubry Hollingshead - Puppeteers For Fears
Steve Dreben - In Their Words
Wanda Borland - A Focus On...
 


The next RVTV Studio Producers Quarterly Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at the DMC Classroom, where we will bid out studio production timeslots for April, May and June.

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STUDIO PRODUCTION TIMESLOT VACANCY NOTICE


The following studio production timeslots are currently open and available to any Studio-Certified producer in good standing:

Friday, Feb. 26th, 5-8pm (LIVE 6:30-7:30)
Friday, Mar. 25th, 5-8pm (LIVE 6:30-7:30)

These are the only available time in the RVTV studio for the remainder of Winter Quarter 2016, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Charles Douglas at douglasc@sou.edu to make your reservation.
 

SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP STARTS THIS WEEKEND

Are you looking to up your game when it comes to the all-important stage of your production that happens before you ever turn on a camera?

When it comes to composing your work and getting that shot list put together, you would do well to take this opportunity to "Realize Your Dream" and enroll in a special three-part workshop, The Creative Process, taught by RVTV Mentor David Bruce.

You will get an in-depth look at the dramatic arc key to successful story telling, and how 'The Hero's Journey' applies to tales great and small. By the end of this workshop, you will be well underway in developing your shooting script, story board or full documentary or feature script for further field or studio production.

These workshops take place over the next three Saturdays in the classroom at the SOU Digital Media Center:

Saturday, January 16, 12-2pm
Saturday, January 23, 12-2pm
Saturday, January 30, 12-2pm


The cost is only $20 per workshop, and once enrolled, you can re-take them as many times as you like. To register, contact Charles at douglasc@sou.edu or (541) 552-6898.

 

A NOTE FROM THE RVTV PUBLIC ACCESS ADVISORY COUNCIL


(This space is provided for members of the PAAC to share information with the RVTV producer community.)
 

Fellow RVTV Producers,

Now that we are all snowed in with nothing else to do…

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you, along with your family and friends (in-studio audience), to be part of a little show we are putting together, “2015 Producer Appreciation Night,” Friday evening (LIVE! 5-8pm slot) January 29th.

We have not finalized ideas concerning content beyond your appearing along with your host, Alex Mesadieu, to briefly discuss your show and share a clip of your choice with the audience - but there will be more to come in the following weeks as we learn more about your ideas and participation.

We would love it if you could:
  • let us know if you will be participating.
  • either provide us with a stand alone movie clip of your own (preferable…), or let us know where to find your favorite moment in that fabulous archive so that we could possibly make one for you (or, you could leave it up to us to pick the most embarrassing thing we can find!). These clips should be approximately 15-20 seconds in length to insure we have time to fit all of your smiling faces (there are quite a few of you!) into the one hour slot.
  • share your content ideas
  • let us know how you can help with production, etc.
Please let us know soon if you are interested so we may at least prepare a clutch of clips ahead of time!

Thank you,

David Wilson
bunkhabit@hotmail.com

Alex Mesadieu
mesadieua@sou.edu
 

A REMINDER ON PROGRAMMING SUBMISSION HOURS



Due to limited staffing at the DMC, we are asking producers to submit their field productions, promos and any other programs to Charles or Alex during these particular hours:

Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Fridays 4-6pm
Saturdays 9am-6pm


(PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES)


This also applies to “walk-in consultations” – while we want to be open to inquires at all hours, the realities of limited staffing hours and increased operational demands make this a regrettable, but necessary request. If at all possible, make it a habit to call or preferably e-mail in advance to make an appointment. This will make for more efficient and successful outcomes for all concerned.

Please note that these program submission hours do not apply to any special appointments you’ve set up with RVTV staff – another incentive for pre-planned meetings – and your reservations to use the Public Access Edit Lab can be accomplished during any time of day that the lights are on at the DMC.

STUDIO HIGHLIGHT

Above, RVTV Producer Wanda Borland (on ukulele), local performance artist Jenifer "Jen Uwin" Knippel and RVTV Producer Michael D. Fox dance on the set during the most recent episodes of Fox's Clowning Around. Tune in and enjoy with the kids (and the children-at-heart) every Saturday at 9 a.m. on RVTV Voices.


Clowning Around: Pantomiming with Pamela Joy

Clowning Around: Playtime w/Jen Uwin

 

HAVE YOU LIKED US YET? OR FOLLOWED US?


We’re just going to keep belaboring the point: Social media tools are a key way for you to get the word out about YOUR programs to build YOUR audience on the Internet, which is quickly becoming the most important mass media platform in the world.

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Those are our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please, ‘like’ in the former case and ‘follow’ in the later one. If you don’t have accounts on either or both, take five minutes each and set them up; you don’t have to give out personal information if you don’t want to in the process.

We’re counting on you to help us get the word out about your programs!
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