A new television production class that was added this semester looks to eventually stream live video feeds of campus events in the near future, said TV Field Production Instructor Stillman Kelly.
â€œOur first task is to train these students so they can get jobs,â€ said Kelly. â€œBut aspirations for this class are [endless]. We will eventually be shooting concerts and operas here at PCC.â€
The TVR 124 students were thrown feet first into the fire at the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball games on Feb. 20. Kelly said that â€œshootingâ€ sports is unlike any other type of filming in that it doesnâ€™t allow for many mistakes, so students have to learn fast as they go along.
â€œYou are going to make mistakes,â€ said Kelly. â€œThis class is teaching them how to quickly cover up those errors in a calm manner and continue doing the best that they can do.â€
Kelly also said that students would soon be able to link up with the new TVR studio in the C Building, and have better editing capabilities when they shoot live events.
Although the class is running smoothly now, new classes introduced to colleges are bound to have a few hiccups and this remains the case for the TV field production class.
â€œWe’re like the guinea pigs,â€ said Jenny Chen, television production.Â â€œBecause we’re the first class. It kind of sucks for us because we don’t get to repeat the class anymore and take away a better portfolio.â€
Students say that the class started out â€œrockyâ€ but they are enjoying their time in the class now, half way into the semester. â€œWeâ€™ve [filmed] five basketball games,â€ said Chen. â€œI think we’re getting better now that we actually know what’s going on.â€
Amy Khuong, television production, said that there are two or three other cameras that they havenâ€™t gotten yet and need them for the class to be at its full potential.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to using more cameras when we get them,â€ said Khuong. â€œAs of now, we’re only using two cameras, so as a director there really isn’t much work.â€
The lack of the extra cameras is another reason why she would like to be able to retake the class. â€œI just hope,â€ said Chen. â€œThat the rest of the equipment will arrive soon. At least then one of the productions will be the way the class was set out to beâ€¦ But that being said, it is still a good class.â€
Kelly said that the next field productions would be aÂ orchestra concert and a jazz concert and that with the different variety in their portfolios, it would make getting a job in the film industry a little easier.
â€œWe’re still working out the kinks with our equipment,â€ said Khuong. â€œBut with what we have, itâ€™s going pretty well. We all learn from each other in every production.â€