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RVTV Bulletin

Thursday, March 17, 2016
 

GOING BIG

Pictured: Scenes from the Quarterly Studio Producers Meeting of March 16, including producers David Wilson, Ting Wang, Rik Burns, Joseph Kauth, Dan Lehner (left), Alexander McGlasson, Nancy Bloom, Michael D. Fox, Charles Douglas (right).
Photos by Michael Hoover.


Last weeks' Quarterly Studio Producers meeting set some records!

According to our longest-running studio producer Nancy Bloom, it was the largest one she could remember with barely enough seats to accommodate participants and guests...and the biggest number of Studio Certified Producers we have on record (twenty-three) participated in our draft pick process for studio production time in Spring Quarter 2016 (see below for details on who's doing what, when).

Also breaking the charts is our Public Access Archive of all-local programming exceeding 220,000 views and downloads in its first 39 months. In terms of sheer cool, Awesome Award winner David Wilson (his 5th win, and third consecutive) has probably established a record to go unbeaten, with an incredible 111 hours of studio time volunteered in the last three months. He was joined by other top volunteers Alexander McGlasson, John Letz, Wanda Borland and Gary Mark Roberts; congratulations to all!

That same night, RVTV launched its Producer Portal as an internal resource (not linked to the public website) for RVTV Producers to share real-time updates to our Studio and Classroom resources, enabling you to check out the status of studio production times as well as workshops. RVTV staff intend to keep building in new features, including a system to allow electronic reservations to the Digital Commons. [We're not posting the Producer Portal link here, obviously, so write to Charles if you'd like to get access.]

Our all-volunteer Public Access Advisory Council also shared some updates on plans for both another Producers Appreciation Event (after this year's success) and the potential to bring back the Community Access Television Awards concept, after a fashion, with a Southern Oregon Media Awards gala encompassing RVTV programming and more.

As every single studio timeslot was bid out through the end of June, the topic of "expanding availability" understandably arose, continuing a trend of expanding studio access for the public, with over 100% growth in the last three years.

So here's the offer: Write in no later than Tuesday, March 22 by 5 p.m. with your request for a non-cancellable, non-transferable studio production time between 6-9pm on a Saturday in the new quarter. These must be specific requests and they must come in by this deadline to be considered. (Please note that April 9, 16 & 30 and June 11 have already been blocked out for non-production uses and are not available.)

 

SIGN UP NOW FOR ADVANCED WORKSHOPS IF YOU WANT TO SEE THEM TAKE PLACE!

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.

Please remember that classes are subject to cancellation for low enrollment -- we must have three registered participants at least 48 hours in advance to hold any workshop, or it WILL be rescheduled or outright cancelled. 

We've heard from producers who said they had intended to take a course, only to find out late in the game that it had been cancelled. RVTV Staff take your feedback seriously and we are developing a Producer Portal to share this information with you on-line (details of which will be released at tomorrow's Producer Meeting).

With that said, we need you to take our feedback seriously as well: RVTV cannot hold classes based on wishful thinking. We need folks to register for a class in order for us to hold said class in order for you to be able to take said class. Period.
 

INTERMEDIATE DIRECTING: PRODUCTION DESIGN & PRODUCTION PROCESS

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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.
 

INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP: AUDIO & GRIP FOR STUDIO

Monday, March 28th, 6-8pm

Monday, April 4th, 6-8pm

  • Develop your skills in safe and sane use of rigging in studio grip work.
  • Understand what is necessary vs. overkill in construction your audio plan.
  • Learn about Diegetic and Non Diegetic Audio and understand the uses of each in sound design.
  • Explore how you would best deploy microphones for more complicated studio set-ups (two sets, live audience, teleplay/theater, live music).
  • Share best practices for a clean and well-running physical studio environment.

NOTICE: As this is the first time this workshop is being offered, we are offering a discounted price of $20 to enroll. As this is an Intermediate-level course, only Basic Studio Certification is required.

ADVANCED WORKSHOP: ON-SET NETWORKING

Thursday, April 7th, 6-8pm
Thursday, April 14th, 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.'"

ADVANCED WORKSHOP: ANATOMY OF LIGHTING

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  • 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.

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
3/18/16
5PM-8PM

LIVE: 6:30-7:30



 

Dr. Mike Live
Producer: Michael Rhoades
Director: Alexander McGlasson
Graphics Manager: TBA
Audio Engineer: Andrew Reilly
Floor Manager: Steve Dreben
Camera Operator: TBA

 

Saturday
3/19/16
9AM-12PM





 

Adventures In Education
Producer: John Letz
Director: Denise Ross
Graphics Manager: Wanda Borland
Audio Engineer: Alexander McGlasson
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Floor Manager: TBA
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
3/19/16
12PM-3PM





 

Peace On Mother Earth
Producer: Dan Lehner
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: Alexander McGlasson
Audio Engineer: John Letz
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Floor Manager: TBA
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
3/19/16
3PM-6PM






 

The Poet's Eye
Producer: Mike Kasper
Director: Mike Kasper
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Audio Engineer: TBA
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Floor Manager: TBA
Camera Operator: TBA

 

The final weekend of Winter Quarter 2016 will feature:

Friday, March 25th, 5-8pm:
Kumud Gokani - The Art & Awareness Of Happy Health


Saturday, March 26th, 9am-12pm:
Aubry Hollingshead - Puppeteers For Fears (ADULT)

Saturday, March 26th, 12pm-3pm:
OPEN - TBA

Saturday, March 26th, 3pm-6pm:
Wanda Borland - A Focus On...

Studio Production Times
for Spring 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. Apr. 1
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

David Wilson - South. Oregon Songwriters Circle

 
Sat. Apr. 2
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Kumud Gokani - Cooking With Kumud
Therese Swenson - Tough Times
Fri. Apr. 8 &
Sat. Apr. 9

 

STUDIO CLOSED (Pear Blossom Parade)
 
Fri. Apr. 15
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Alex McGlasson - Southern Oregon News Network

 
Sat. Apr. 16
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

John Letz - Adventures In Education
Scott Derrico - Basically Bananas
Andrew Reilly - Jewish Voices For Peace
 
Fri. Apr. 22
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Rik Burns - Dialogues With Dad

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

   3pm-6pm
 

Denise Ross - Like, Wow!
Dan Lehner - Peace On Mother Earth
Mike Kasper - The Poet's Eye
 
Fri. Apr. 29
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Dan Lehner - Peace On Mother Earth

 
Sat. Apr. 30
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Nancy Bloom - Life Passages
Michael D. Fox - Clowning Around
Alex Mesadieu - Rogue Valley Comedy (ADULT)
 
Fri. May 6
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

David Wilson - South. Oregon Songwriters Circle

 
Sat. May 7
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Denise Ross - Astrology, Symbolism & Myth
Michael D. Fox - Clowning Around
Wanda Borland - Animals Matter
 
Fri. May 13
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Alex McGlasson - Southern Oregon News Network

 
Sat. May 14
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Regina Ayars - Girl Talk
Steve Dreben - In Their Words
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages
 
Fri. May 20
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Dan Lehner - Peace On Mother Earth

 
Sat. May 21
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Gary Mark Roberts - Anything Goes
Britt Ivy - Passion
 
Fri. May 27
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Alex McGlasson - Southern Oregon News Network

 
Sat. May 28
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Therese Swenson - Tough Times
Gokul Gokani - Meditation, The Art Of Loving

Mike Kasper - The Poet's Eye
 
Fri. June 3
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

David Wilson - South. Oregon Songwriters Circle

 
Sat. June 4
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Andrew Reilly - Jewish Voices For Peace
Scott Derrico - Basically Bananas
Jordan Mackay - Southern Oregon News Network
 
Fri. June 10 &
Sat. June 11

 

STUDIO CLOSED (Pear Blossom Parade)

 
Fri. June 17
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Alex McGlasson - Southern Oregon News Network

 
Sat. June 18
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Gokul Gokani - Art & Awareness Of Happy Health
Gary Mark Roberts - Anything Goes
Steve Dreben - In Their Words
 
Fri. June 24
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Charlie Delgado - On The Media

 
Sat. June 25
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Regina Ayars - Girl Talk
Kumud Gokani - Cooking With Kumud
Alex McGlasson - South. Ore. Classic Kids Show
 


The next RVTV Studio Producers Quarterly Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the DMC Classroom, where we will bid out studio production timeslots for July, August and September.

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STUDIO PRODUCTION TIMESLOT VACANCY NOTICE


Due to a cancellation, the following studio production timeslot is currently open and available to any Studio-Certified producer in good standing:

Saturday, March 26th, 12-3 p.m.

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

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

LATE ADDITION: STUDIO CERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAY NIGHTS!


Due to popular demand, RVTV is holding a set of Saturday evening sessions of our Studio Production Certification Workshop series -- the starting ground for any local resident to learn safe & sane use of studio equipment, become a Studio Producer "for life" and make their own live or recorded programs in the High Definition studio here at the Digital Media Center.

Saturday, March 19th, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, March 26th, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, April 16th, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th, 6-8 p.m.

This series is already almost booked to capacity
, so act fast if you or someone you know would like to get involved with the thriving studio production community here at RVTV public access!

The cost is $30 per workshop ($120 overall), but only for pre-paid registration -- and the registration deadline is 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18.

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

REUNION ON SUNDAY FOR LIKE, WOW!


All guests and crew are invited for a reunion for the longtime RVTV public access series Like, Wow!

Sunday, March 20th, 2-4 p.m.
The Bellview Grange
1050 Tolman Creek Rd.
Ashland, OR


Come and hang out with your fellow "Like, Wow!"ers and TV host Craig Comstock, and bring a cartoon or a story from your involvement with the show.

Wear something orange if you have it!

RSVP by e-mail or phone to Shoshanah.

[Editor's note: Happy birthday, Craig!]
 

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

STUDIO HIGHLIGHT

Above, Southern Oregon News Network reporter Aspen Arrow (aka Angela Mackay) sits in as guest host for the latest Studio Production Certification Workshop Class Project, which this quarter featured the work of Bill Jennet and the Jackson County Fuel Committee as they address poverty in our community and the need to stay warm in the winter. Tune in to RVTV Voices on Friday at 5pm for the television premiere, with replays Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 11pm.


SPCW Class Project: Jackson County Fuel Committee
 

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.

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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twitter.com/
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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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