Every month Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) produces a studio class which takes new members through a whole studio shows production.
The course takes three days, on the first day you learn about the studio and control room as well as planning a show. The second day you work the various areas of a studio and control room and on the third and final day the members of the class create the show, ‘Members Only.’
The show is hosted by one of the staff members at CMAC and guests are producers of shows aired by CMAC.
I was pleased to be asked to go into the studio at the end of November to appear as a guest producer for program 21 in the series. Exactly one year after I had operated a camera on an earlier edition of ‘Members Only.”
So here is Episode 21 of Members Only aired December 2016.
On November 30. I was honored to appear on a regular feature program at Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) call ‘Members Only.’
Just one year ago in November 2015 I worked on the show as a camera operator completing my studio training class. Little did I know back then that just twelve months later I would appear on the show as a guest producer.
The show shares the experience of producers of all kinds of shows with new members and by watching the program regularly you can find inspiration for new ideas and also get to see that those niggly experiences, annoyances and iritations are common to most producers rather than the gods throwing a spanner into your work personally.
I appeared on this episode, Episode 21. I am the second guest on the show. To read about the experience see my blog “In the Studio: Members Only”
By clicking the link below you can see the complete episode of ‘Members Only’
The September 2016 edition of ‘Blindside Fresno’ consisted of an interview with Fresno author Olivia Ostergaard.
Olivia was born in Bakersfield,in the Southern Central Valley of California. She was born prematurely and being too small to survive outside of a incubator was placed in an oxygen rich environment which caused damage to the blood supply to her retinas, the light sensitive layer within the eye. I meet many people within the Central Valley who’s blindness was caused by this same predicament. Today doctors and medical staff are more aware of the problem and today the condition is much less pronounced ass it was.
Olivia had always found her vision to be poor but about the year 2000 her vision loss became such that she decided to look for a guide dog school to work with. Her transition from working with a cane to working with a guide dog is covered in her book, “Looking at the Unseen: My Guide Dog Journey.’
Here is her interview with Darcie Elliott broadcast in September 2016. Where Olivia talks about her life, writing and the daily challenges which blindness brings and how she has overcame many difficulties with internal strength, a deep belief in God and a Black Labrador named Fenway by her side.
You can support both ‘Blindside Fresno’ and Olivia by purchasing her book Here, this is our amazon associate link:
The second program in the ‘Blindside Fresno’ series was an interview with Nathan Romo, the president of the Fresno Chapter of California Council of the Blind.
Nathan was born premature and placed in an incubator, the common practice at the time was to create an oxygen rich environment to help the babies undeveloped lungs, the side effect was to create problems for blood flow around the retina, leading to retina damage and visual impairment.
Nathan talks about independence, and also his role as president of CCB.
William Elliott is from England. He came to the United States to live in 2006. He is married and is the Producer of ‘Blindside Fresno.
William worked in retail for many years, working in and then operating a family store before working for a major retailer in the U.K. After coming to the United States in 2006 he returned to school majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He worked for several years at a public library leaving there as his eyesight continued to fail and it was neccessary to move closer to support services.
In late 2015, he came across Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) a community television facility in Fresno, California. He became a member and volunteer there, taking classes in studio and field production, editing and script writing.
He says, “CMAC is one of the best things that has happened to me. I work with lots of great people. Volunteering on many shows brings lots of ideas.”
William began preparing his ideas for ‘Blindside Fresno’ in the early days of 2016 and recorded his first program, An Interview with Dr. Vivian Kim, Retinologist’ a few months later.
Seeing the vision of a television program aimed at educating the sighted as well as inspiring the blind and low vision community was something very special.
He is now planning a fourth show in the series. The show is broadcast monthly via cable in the Fresno and Clovis areas and is available on YouTube soon after broadcast by CMAC.
There are several program ideas in the pipeline, enough to take the program through the middle of 2017
My name is William Elliott, I am visually impaired and am the producer of the television magazine, ‘Blindside Fresno’.
This page is set up to support our television program which is created in downtown Fresno.
The program looks at issues around visual impairment and blindness. Though some issues may be local, most issues are universal among the blind and visually impaired communities; transport, independence and finding employment are just a few.
But we also will try to look at fun things too, as well as educating the sighted world about the world of the visually impaired.
I raise money to help me produce the program from affiliate links such as my Associate Account with amazon.com. You may often find a link to a book, movie or something I find interesting. You are of course not obliged to purchase any item but if you do so then I will receive a small advertisers fee from amazon.
In our next program we will be interviewing Fresno author Olivia Ostergaard, who recently published her book on her search for a guide dog called, ‘Looking at the Unseen”