Field and Studio Workshops

To become a Producer with CVC: you must complete a workshop and live in one of our seven towns: Andover, Bolton, Ellington, Hebron, Marlborough, Tolland, or Vernon. You must also attend all scheduled workshops and help create the final project.

*You can live in another town if you would like to become a Crew Member for a Producer who lives in one of our seven towns.

4K Studio Workshop

(Takes place during the week 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

A 4K Studio Workshop consists of four, two-hour sessions.

*Must have a minimum of 6 people signed up for the workshop to take place.


• 1st Session: Go over Policies and Procedures. Briefly talk about set design then lecture and demonstrate the six major studio positions to run a 4K studio production. Positions include: Director, Technical Director, Graphics Operator, Audio Manager, Floor Manager and Camera.


• 2nd Session: Questions about last session? Role reversal begins and everyone gets to try out the positions except director. Discuss final project.


• 3rd Session: Continue with role reversal but this time adding in director.  Assign positions for Final Project.


•4th Session: Final Project Day.  Create set design, graphics and complete a 30-minute interview to broadcast on Public Access Channel 5.  The host and guest are chosen by CVC.


After completing this four-day workshop, you become a certified 4K Studio Producer and/or Crew Member

Basic Field Workshop

(Scheduled based on your availability Monday through Friday)

 A Field Workshop consists of two to three, two-hour sessions. Taught in a small group or offered as a one-on-one.


• 1st Session: Go over Policies and Procedures. Lecture and demonstrate how to set up a HD Sony HXR-NX3 camera and tripod.  Learn about microphones and audio techniques, white balancing, focusing, and writing a story board. Briefly explain camera angles and shots, cutaways, and a basic sequence.

• Homework= Write a short Public Service Announcement and find actor/actors if needed.


• 2nd Session: Film your Public Service Announcement (PSA) to become a commercial during the recent 4K Studio Workshop Final Production to broadcast on Public Access Channel 5.


•3rd Session: Learn to edit PSA with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

• Depending on your availability session 2 and 3 can be combined

After completing this three-day workshop, you become a certified Field Producer and Crew Member

Advanced Field Workshop

(Scheduled based on your availability Monday through Friday)


After taking the Basic Field Workshop and producing two to three shows here at CVC, you are then entitled to learn our Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camera.  It will take about 2 hours to learn the camera.

Visiting School, Senior Centers, etc.

(Scheduled based on their availability Monday through Friday)


As the Outreach Trainer Manager I, Melanie Merkel, will personally go into a school or senior center to teach those that sign up for a class, video club, or if the students are required to take the class.  I bring as many field camera’s (Canon GL2 or Sony HD NX3) as needed (up to 8 or 5) and train individuals on how to use them.  We discuss camera language and terms as well as how to use the camera and add attachments like audio.  Editing is taught, if the school has the program or the individuals come to CVC to learn the program, Adobe Premiere Pro CC.  This is offered in return for a program to air on either Public or Education Access.


After completing this workshop, you are entitled to use the equipment in return for a program.



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