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Public Access – Field Certification

Dean Walker at Ashland City BandWinter is coming… better hurry up and enjoy the outdoors by filming your own local field production!

Public Access Producers who wish to learn the basics of filming outside the studio (back in the uncontrolled environment known as the real world) are welcome to take our Basic Field Production Certification workshops. This certification enables local residents to check-out of our Public Access Field Production equipment, including cameras, tripods, microphones and more!

New producers (who pay $30 a workshop at the pre-paid discount) are first in line, but any currently certified producers who wish to brush up on their skills may re-take these courses for free too, so long as space as available.

To secure your seat in the course, pre-payment is required for all five workshops ($150 total). Workshop attendees opting not to pre-pay will lose their discount and must pay $35 per workshop.

The ‘final’ project for the Field Production workshops is either a Public Service Announcement or a news package developed by the Producers themselves – a great way to get the word out about a local cause, non-profit organization or charity! After the final workshop, your PSA or news package will premiere on RVTV Voices and will also be featured in our Newsletter and on-demand at our Public Access Archive.

Field certification workshops are primarily taught by David Bruce, an RVTV Mentor and our most prolific field producer, responsible for several ongoing series on our public access channel, RVTV Voices, covering music, arts and culture in the Rogue Valley and beyond.

You must pre-pay to guarantee your seat in the class — just contact Charles at or (541) 552-6898. Currently certified field producers may re-take the class free of charge only if there are open seats remaining. Here’s our workshop schedule, with all meetings held in the DMC Classroom (Room 121):

Saturday, April 6 – 12-2pm

Introduction to the Principles of Film/Television Theory & basic techniques of television and film producers.

Saturday, April 13 – 12-2pm

Introduction to the Principles of Film/Television Practice & the fundamentals of camera, tripod and microphone operation.

April 14-19: Attendees develop ideas for their PSA projects.

Saturday, April 20 – 12-2pm

Introduction to the Public Access Equipment, demonstrations of equipment use and test shoots with participants, review of PSA/News Proposals and development of content.

April 21-26: Attendees conduct B-Roll shoots and initial interviews.

Saturday, April 27 – 12-2pm

Introduction to the Principles of Editing, demonstrations of HD vs. SD program design & final project review.

April 28 – May 10: Attendees film & edit projects.

Saturday, May 11 – 12-2pm

Project premiere! Attendees review projects, provide feedback and are given tips and tools for future endeavors.

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