Friday, 03 October 2014 16:52

Hands-On Broadcast Journalism Training

Written by Jenn Adams, News Director - October 03, 2014

Every three months or so I get inquiries from students in high school and college about becoming an intern for Newton News, so I send them an application and a description about what the internship entails. Once the application is completed we set up a face-to-face interview to go over the internship in more detail. This is where I see students get those “deer in the headlights” looks. Why? Because I explain to them that in order to do the job necessary as an intern, they must go out with the camera and get the interviews and footage on their own… I don’t go with them. This is for a few reasons: I would take over the shoot if I were there, I need to see what they’ve learned and let them make those important mistakes that are inevitable with all interns, and I need them to build their confidence so they see that they in fact, can do this. I do give them my cell number and encourage them to call for any reason if they have any questions about operating the camera.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 17:06

NewTV Gallery Supports Local Artists

Written by Shelly Kamanitz, Director of Marketing and Creative Services

NewTV has long been a supporter of local artists, displaying their work in our gallery, which rotates every month or so. For the last four years, we’ve hosted our popular wine and cheese receptions, which celebrate the new exhibits and allow guests to meet the artists and mingle with their friends and families. The receptions are free to the public and are usually held midweek from 6:30-8:30pm.

Monday, 22 September 2014 17:20

Shooting On-Location: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Written by Angela Harrer, Co-Director of Original Programming

The Good: Shooting a film or TV show on-location has a lot of advantages. When you snag some stunning shots of beautiful areas it can add a lot of value to your production. It can also save you time and money with lighting and set design that you would have had to pour into a studio shoot. And, if everything is working in your favor while you're out in the field, being in a scenic location can remind you of just how awesome this line of work can be.

The Bad: The truth is that to a producer, there's a lot to be concerned about when your whole team is going out on location, especially if it's outdoors. You essentially become responsible for the location and everyone's wellbeing. There can be a lot of stress involved when considering the series of not-so-great scenarios that could occur. Issues with parking, permits, weather conditions, insects, animals, pedestrians, poison ivy, noise and limited light are just a few that quickly come to mind.

And The Ugly: 
A producer should be considering these issues throughout the pre-production and production process. For example, if you're going to be filming scenes on a boat, you’d better cast actors who don't get seasick or have any phobias of the ocean. It's errors of judgment like these that can quickly kill a shoot if you haven't prepared for them first. If your production is cursed, several of these issues could quite possibly fall upon you and your crew. The good news is that if you're smart, you can avoid most problems with just a little bit of foresight. 

Tips: Break it down simply by taking a minute to predict of all the things that you think could go wrong, and consider what you can do to prevent them. Then, with all the information you have available to you, try to acquire whatever you need to prevent the worst from happening. For example, if someone has allergies, make sure to have allergy medicine on-hand. 

The bottom line is that as a producer, you should always be putting the safety of your cast and crew at the very forefront of your mind. Always, always, always check the weather before a shoot, and just reschedule it if there is any severe weather in the forecast. It's not worth risking everyone's safety no matter how cool that lightning footage on a beach may look. Always bring clothing layers, plenty of water and coffee, a good first aid kit, sunscreen, bug repellent, flashlights, grip gloves, and a Leatherman (or something like it).

Personal Example: Several years ago I was working on a show for Comedy Central and we were filming in the Palisades Park in New Jersey. After nearly one week of filming, the production temporarily halted. We all got called by the producers telling us we had to fill out some paperwork with the lawyers before we could start filming again after one of the actors claimed he contracted Lyme disease on-set.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:35

Fall Specialty Classes

Written by Michael Sills, Director of Member Media

This coming fall, NewTV is offering a variety of new courses for members that will help strengthen their projects. The courses are being taught by experts in various fields.

Monday, 08 September 2014 17:39

New Staff Member: Jessica Leff

Written by Jessica Leff, Digital Marketing and Events Coordinator

My name is Jessica Leff and I am the new digital marketing and events coordinator at NewTV. In May, I graduated from the honors program at the University of Connecticut. While there, I kept myself busy doing activities such as volunteering with adults with disabilities, serving as a study abroad ambassador, working as a communications assistant at the School of Nursing, and producing and editing a video for honors freshman. During the spring of 2013, I spent the semester studying at Uppsala University in Sweden

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