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Aug 5 2016 - 1:20pm

We were home to Local Bias Producer Drew Hutchison's second Summer 2016 Film Camp this week and it was a lot of fun to watch him help three teenagers make a short horror movie.  They used our studio and various locations around town, with Drew teaching them about all aspects of production along the way.

Here he is in our studio explaining camera shots to one of the campers:

The other two the campers as talkshow host and guest:

In the control room and in charge of the production:

The boys even edited the film themselves:

They learned a lot and it was evident that they had a great time.  Keep an eye out for their work on Cable Channel 15 in the coming weeks.

Jul 29 2016 - 1:55pm

“Overwhelming support for GCTV” was a phrase used multiple times at last night’s Greenfield Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting so we want to give a big thank you to everyone who filled out the survey and/or sent in positive comments about us. Not only does it make us feel really good to hear how valued what we do for the community is but, since our funding level is determined through this process, all of your feedback will help us to grow and continue providing many ways for local people to make their voices heard. If you want to watch last night’s meeting for yourself, we’ll be putting it online later this afternoon.

On another note, if you watch ABC’s 20/20 tonight, you might see some footage that originally aired on our channel. A couple of years ago, the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) held a fundraiser to help Greenfield resident Mary Rose attend the out of state trial of the man accused of killing her daughter.  Unity in the Pioneer Valley Church Service producer Amanda Smith was on hand to film that event and, early this week, we received an email from 20/20 asking for permission to use some of her video. We connected them with Ms. Smith and supplied a copy of the film for them to use.

Jul 22 2016 - 5:28pm

If you are a regular website visitor, or follow us on social media, you may already know that Greenfield is renegotiating its cable service contract with Comcast.  What you may not know is that the amount of money Comcast has to set aside for us over the next ten years, from revenues they generate in town, is determined during this process.

We work very hard to train anyone who comes into our facility wanting to make their voice heard by producing a television show, shine a spotlight on local government by airing meetings live on TV and online, expand the public's access to technology, and maintain an archive of interesting, entertaining, and informative programming.  Because we have plans to upgrade our facilities, increase the amount of government meetings we cover, update our website, expand our 360 degree video offerings, and make a larger variety of content available, we've asked for an increase in our funding and need to demonstrate public support for it.

If you appreciate all that we do to connect our community, please fill out the Greenfield Cable Advisory Committee's (CAC) short survey here (it really only takes a couple of minutes!) or email them directly.  Just a sentence or two along the lines of "GCTV is great! Fund them." is all it takes and the more positive comments that are registered, the more money we should receive.

The deadline for providing feedback to the CAC is next Thursday, July 28th.  When you are commenting, please limit your responses to Comcast's TV service only, as internet and phone aren't part of this contract.  It is fine to praise our online presence and streamed offerings, however, because they are part of what GCTV provides.  Also, please note that there is actually only one question on the survey that is about us, the last one, but there is a comment box after it where you can leave your glowing review of what we provide to the community.  Thank you so much for supporting your local television station!

Jul 15 2016 - 1:14pm

Today, we thought we’d let you know about some of the shows you’ll be able to watch on Cable Channel 15 in the coming weeks because several of our producers have projects in the works that we expect to be finished shortly.  For instance, Mik Muller has been using our editing computers a lot to work on some recent performances by local band Bella’s Bartok. The first one, “Live at Lefty’s Fest”, has already aired but more will follow.  We’ve also had staffers from Community Action in here for many hours as they near completion of informational programming about the services their organization offers.  Finally, GCC student and actor Alex DeMelo just filmed two interviews in our studio and, as we write this, Living Waters producer Joe Morton is adding graphics to footage he taped of this year’s July 4th reading of the Declaration of Independence on the town common.  These are just some of the reasons we suggest you continue to tune in to GCTV so you can be entertained and informed.

Jul 8 2016 - 1:14pm

We are proud to announce that in addition to having Spanish language programming on our station, in the form of Luz en las Tinieblas, services from the Korean Zion Church of Amherst have joined our lineup. The group’s pastor lives in Greenfield and stopped by a few weeks ago to find out how to get his organization’s message out to more people. We were more than happy to explain how we work and loan him the equipment he needed. You can watch the resulting series, on Cable Channel 15, on Sundays at 6AM and 1PM and again on Fridays at 7AM. If you have a non-English language program that you’d like us to air, please call us at (413) 774-4288 or email mail@gctv.org.

Jul 1 2016 - 8:59am

We know this is the start of a long holiday weekend, and many of you are probably headed off for vacation or bbq & fireworks, so we won’t take long. We just want to wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July! Also, if you’re going to be in town, we encourage you to enjoy all of the music and fireworks happening at Beacon Field tomorrow (July 2nd), from 4PM to 10:30PM, thanks to the efforts of the Greenfield Recreation Department. No matter what you do to celebrate, have fun and check back here next week for another post.

Jun 24 2016 - 1:28pm

We thought we'd take a minute to catch you up on some of the things that we've told you about recently.  First, the Greenfield Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting that had to be rescheduled, from May 19th, happened yesterday.  We put it on our calendar as soon as we'd confirmed it but there wasn't time to do another blog post.  Only one person from the public showed up for the hearing so you can easily watch this 20 minute meeting on our website anytime you want.  

Second, it's taking us a little longer to roll out our 360 degree videos than we expected.  Though we can film events with our new virtual reality (VR) cameras, and get the footage into our editing software, we're unable to export them in such a way that they can be converted to a format that YouTube will read correctly.  To fix this problem, our staff will be visiting Northampton Community Television (NCTV) again to review their VR workflow and assess whether or not we need additional software or just upgrades for what we have now.  We'll keep you posted as this develops.

Finally, we'd like to draw your attention to the fact that all of our videos from the 2016 Full Disclosure Festival are now available to watch here on our website.  It's not often that you get to view a creative process from the very beginning but, with 4 of this year's entries, that's exactly what you can do.  Terry Jenoure's performance art about honey bees was inspired by Blind Date 1 while Blind Dates 2, 4, and 6 precipitated art installations by Kate Hunter, Rachel Katz, and Amy Johnquest, respectively.

Jun 17 2016 - 1:48pm

We'd like you all to meet Luna, GHS class of 2016 & this year's GCTV Scholarship Winner:

In just the few short days she's been with us, Luna's already learned how to check out and use our equipment and helped us film two community events.  As this is being written, she's hard at work in one of our editing suites, doing post-production on this morning's Franklin Family Drug Court Grand Opening.

Luna describes herself as an eighteen-year-old with a passion for filmmaking, music, and always being the best version of herself she can be.  She says she, "look(s) forward to working with (GCTV News Director) Karen to learn more about journalism and how I can take new knowledge and then work it into my style".   She also believes everyone should, "stay hydrated and love genuinely".  Luna came highly recommended to us from GHS Film & TV Production teacher, and Local Bias producer, Drew Huchison and we look forward to working with her all summer.

Jun 10 2016 - 2:54pm

Big news!  We now have two 360 degree cameras for shooting still images and video!  They aren't quite out of the box yet, and we don't know when we'll be putting them in the hands of producers, but we want you to start thinking of creative ways to use them.  Don't have any idea of what we're talking about?  Check out these two YouTube videos: Jungle Book Promo & Where's Waldo Adventure.  The idea is for you to navigate around the world inside the video, while it's playing, by using a click and drag motion with your mouse or swiping around on a touchscreen.  How cool is that?!?  Our staff has just begun to experiment with these cameras, and we hope to have a few simple videos for you to experience next week, but if you stop in at a good moment, feel free to ask us to show you our tests.  

Jun 3 2016 - 7:59am

GCTV lost a good friend this week when Attorney Ed Smith passed away on Tuesday.  Ed did a lot for our station over the years, both as a board member and a legal advisor.  We can't say enough good things about him and our hearts go out to all his friends and family.

Ed's association with GCTV began when, as the town's lawyer, he attended the first exploratory meetings as Greenfield discussed having a non-profit PEG (Public, Education, Government) Access Station.  Then he proceeded to do much of the initial legal work and research about how to make this happen.  He joined our board of directors in 1997 and stayed on for 19 years, until being designated Board Member Emeriti.

Our executive director remembers that Ed was immensely helpful getting WMCB on the air as well, with legal filings and reviews when the first applications for our low power radio station license were being done, and he donated his services to handle the closing when we purchased our first floor space.

GCTV Board President Garry Longe shares this about Ed, "He was an extremely knowledgeable individual who was quiet and reserved in person but when he spoke and advised you really listened to what he had to say due to his ability to communicate a concept".

Rest in peace Ed.

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