Tell us about your show/project. What is its message?
I had initially joined for equipment and facilities to put together a short film, but soon found myself helping random producers with these variety shows. Their shows always had promise but after one show things often just stopped. I figured the only way to get good at this was to keep doing a show, and might as well be my own. So I asked Ed Chasteen to help me start one. The Colorado Entertainment Showcase has morphed into this crazy marathon of pre-production on my part, putting together clips and content, which I mostly end up making from scratch, and finding one or two different guests, bands, artists. I thought it would be easier if you're only on air live 10-15 minutes a show but the risk-taker in me kept pushing my capabilities to the max. It's one thing to go live; it's another thing to go live and transform the stage between clips or tweak lighting during a dance performance. After 13 years of shooting and editing video, I got that stuff down. What I'm rusty on now is live production. My theatre background has me accustomed to doing weeks of rehearsal, but it's kind of hard to get enough volunteers that involved. So I'm still trying to figure that one out. Ultimately, the goal is to have a high-energy mix of clips and live performances from talented people who don't often collaborate; put together where they are mutually beneficial, often fitting a theme. I make sure to add a little bit of Scoop Nemeth in every show. He's there to remind us to "hold your head up high and grab life by the horns." I kind of do that with every show and, as you could imagine, grabbing life by the horns causes quite a racket.
What do you do outside of producing videos?
My M-F 9-6 is working for the underdog of telecommunication companies, Sprint. I should consider myself lucky to have a job through these economic times, but I could really make use of those hours better if I could just get paid doing so! The rest of the time I spend partly in isolation, reading, hiking, cycling, started my first garden this summer; and partly going out socializing, writing reviews, promoting. Every summer I have this experiment where I play full-time dad with my two awesome kids. That's a whole other job.
Why is public access television important?
It gives you the opportunity to broadcast your point of view with the world, counter to all the corporate controlled messages being thrown out there on the airwaves. You are a channel in the middle of all of the rest, and occasionally some really amazing stuff happens on public access.
Why do you enjoy producing public access content?
The more you create, the more you are aired. How cool is that? You can flood the channels with your material, and each time you put something together you learn something, get better at it. CES went from a show that failed to feed out when we went live to a show that I fixed into a 28-minute clip in less than an hour. My goal is to have this elaborate live/pre-recorded entertainment production down when we get our HD airwaves. Keep fighting for it! I just hope I find more equally active producers who are willing to put in this level of effort, because in the end, as the saying goes, it takes a village.