marks the start of a very special
cable TV program for anyone living in south Orange County.
If you happen
to live in the COX cable TV area (south Orange County) that
will be your first chance to tune to channel 31 and see the
very first episode of a new TV program produced and edited
by me (Liam Kennedy, OCA Webmaster).
above... some stills from the first episode.
Top right - Chris Butler, lower left Monsignor Royer (note
infrared mode to show speaker in almost total darkness)
beginning of 2003 I have been looking at new ways the OCA
can extend its reach into the community by getting our message
onto public access cable. We can only fit so many people into
the lecture hall at Chapman University and Cox's public access
channel can reach up to 250,000 homes in south Orange County.
So... Late in January I got certified to produce content for
airing on COX Channel 31 (public access) and since that time
I have been experimenting with a few different ideas I had
for content for the program.
The first episode
that I have created is basically an edit of the May meeting
of the OCA. That meeting contains the What's Up presentation
by Chris Butler along with the main talk by Monsignor Royer.
With some editing, the entire meeting fits nicely into a 60
You can see the program on COX Channel 31
at the following dates/times
Hopefully I will be able to air further
OCA meetings in future episodes of the program. However I
do expect that most months I will only be able to fit the
main speakers presentation onto a 60 minute tape. I may then
also see if I can create two programs a month. One will contain
the What's Up presentation and will be a separate 30 minute
Although I produced this first episode
pretty much independently I am looking for further member
support to help me create future episodes.
In particular the filming of the OCA
Meetings will now take on a more professional and higher profile
role than it has in the past. Up until now I have been filming
the event using just one camera. As you will see when you
watch the first episode, I have used two cameras to create
a more immersive experience for the TV audience of the meeting.
My Wife, Anna Kennedy, has always been there to help with
the filming and does a fantastic job. But going forward I
am going to need another videographer (in fact a pool of videographers
would be best.. so we can all take turns and not burn out
just one or two members)
If we are to achieve the best result for
the TV program the audio/visual support of the OCA meetings
needs to be brought up to a professional level also. The standard
practice for many years has been to rely upon the VP of the
club to act as the A/V person at the meetings. I know that
Joel Harris (current VP) will not mind at all if I take this
role off his hands. He can then concentrate on taking care
of the speaker and on other aspects of the meeting.
I also plan to expand the content
of the program(s) to include specially created pieces filmed
in a studio environment (Greg Pyros, OCA Member, has very
generously donated the use of his studio to help in this project).
All of these developments are going to require
considerable support. To this end I am planning on creating
a new special interest group in the club specifically tasked
with the development of future episodes of "Look Up Tonight".
This new SIG of course has the support of the OCA Board (I
discussed this at the past couple of board meetings).
The new SIG will not have an official name
as of yet... as I would like those interested in joining it
to come up with the official name. For now let's just call
it the "Look Up Tonight SIG". I don't expect the
SIG to be very large, or require anyone to have very extensive
credentials in the video business, so I would welcome any
OCA Member who finds this whole idea interesting and feels
they can spare some time to help out.
If you are interested in this project...
please email me.