LEARN TO PRODUCE A TV SHOW WITH LOWER CAPE TV
Lower Cape TV serves as a community resource, offering studio space and video gear for the Lower Cape community to learn and produce video content.
Come on over and have some fun telling your stories!
Members of the community can use video gear, take classes, get coaching, and use the studio at no cost - the only caveat is that the work must air on local Channel 99 and/or Channel 22.
PRODUCING SHOWS AT LCCAT: AN OVERVIEW.
What is a producer?
If you create content to air on LCTV, you are producer. A producer can be an
individual or an organization. As a producer, you create the show and coordinate on-air talent, guests, production crew, and editing. As a producer you (or your organization) take responsibility for the show’s content and how the show looks and sounds.
What can I produce?
Almost anything! Seriously, options are unlimited: talk shows, arts magazines, interviews, documentaries, events at your organization, poetry readings, public service announcements, music videos, ice fishing how-tos, technology discussions, quilt making tutorials, yoga theory, the art of jam & jelly making … like we said, the list is endless. Your piece can run five minutes or an 105 minutes - you aren't limited to any specific length or required to fill a specific size.
Aren’t there any limits?
The limits really boil down to common sense:
• We can’t air anything that is libelous/slanderous
i.e., A show about how Suzy’s estranged husband Bert is a lying sleazy so and so…
• We don’t air blatant infomercials. i.e., no Bassmaster 1-800 numbers here!
• We reserve the right to decide program dates/times of shows in the channel
schedules and to decide what, if any, placement it has in on-demand locations.
i.e., you deliver the what and we assign it the when and where.
• We reserve the right to reject a show if the technical quality is too low to air properly
or is in a format we don’t support. i.e., make something you’re proud to share and deliver it in a standard current format. Ask us if you have questions about accepted formats.
• We don’t run anonymously-produced shows. i.e., include the names of yourself and your team in the credits
How do I create my show?
1) If you are doing a studio-based show, book studio time by contacting Lower Cape TV at email@example.com or by calling the studio at 508-694-3500.
2) Coordinate with your guests, prepare your scripts, and sign up your production crew.
3) Book your production gear. If you are doing a field show, You can use your own preferred gear or sign up to borrow camera and other equipment.
** REMEMBER - You’ll need an equipment card to sign out gear **
contact us to sign up for a free, one-hour equipment card workshop.
4) When you’ve completed taping, sign up to use one of the editing Macs at the studio or edit on your own system at your leisure. If you need help editing, book a coaching session with Lower Cape TV.
5) Do I need any kind of permission or forms as I create my show?
Sometimes. Here’s a few tips:
• Get any permissions you need in advance; don’t just show up with a camera and assume you can set up and record.
• If you are recording something that includes music performance, ask the performers to confirm it can be recorded and replayed.
• If you are recording in a non-public location, like a club’s presentation, ask an event organizer to sign a form confirming they will allow the event to be recorded and replayed.
• Be extremely sensitive if you are interviewing or naming children and get clearance from their parents or guardians. If you are recording in a school, make sure that any students in the scene have signed the school’s form allowing them to be recorded - the teacher/principal will have information about this permission; ask them.
• If you are using music in your show as background, be sure it is cleared for use in a recorded production. Many sources offer royalty-free music and the studio also has a collection you can choose from.
• If you are using graphics or photos as B-roll, be sure you have the rights to use them.
Images that have watermarks may not legally be used, for example.
• If you are recording a public meeting subject to open meeting law, you always have the right to record; you just need to notify people in the room that you are recording. Typically the chair of the meeting will ask, at the beginning, if anyone is recording the meeting – just let them know that you are.
6) What do I do when I’ve completed my show?
Let us know you have completed it and we'll walk you through the submission process.
How do I get copies for my show?
A few years back, people routinely used DVDs, but the world has changed. Today,
uploading and downloading to a cloud-based location is the norm. When you produce a
show at LCCAT, we’ll upload the final version and give you a link you can use to
download it or share it with others.
Where will my show run?
Your show will run on Channel 22 and/or Channel 99, depending on the content.
-> Channel 22 features content by, for, or about P-16 education. Typical Channel 22 producers are NRHS, the Nauset Regional School District, schools, or parent groups.
-> Channel 99 shows can be about anything; it is the public access station. Typical Channel 99 producers include both individuals and local organizations.
-> Some shows are appropriate for both channels – for example, a financial show about college investment might appear on both 22 and 99.
Does my show get posted online?
It might. We curate several Vimeo channels, including a Community Producer Spotlight.
We also show a subset of programs via Video on Demand on our website.
Who owns my show?
Anyone producing a program using LCCAT equipment retains ownership of the
copyright to that program, as well as responsibility for any copyright disputes that might
arise. LCCAT reserves the right to replay the program in perpetuity and to use clips or
stills from the program for publicity or production purposes.
I’m having fun producing. How can I learn more?
High five! We love producing too! LCCAT offers a variety of ongoing (& free) workshops
and classes. Make sure you are on our producer email list to get a heads-up when we
open registration (just ask!).
Work with other members of the community on their projects too – it’s a great way to
meet new people and learn from others.
We also need your feedback – let us know what workshops or classes or topics you want
to learn more about and we’ll try to schedule them.
GET AN EQUIPMENT CARD
To check you information you'll need an equipment card - much like you use a library card to check out books from the library. If you are part of an organization, we'll even do a custom workshop for your small group.
To get an equipment card, schedule your 45 minute training at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-694-3500.
Join a Production Crew
Volunteer as part of a production crew – it’s fun, you meet new people, and you get to experience different types of productions. Email email@example.com to join a crew.