We encourage new producers to volunteer for BCTV productions to gain experience and familiarity with the equipment. BCTV offers a variety of ways to foster your video skills by participating in cooperative productions, shooting concerts and performances in the field, editing unfinished productions, and plenty more. Put your knowledge to the test by following up our introductory classes with some hands-on experience.
To find out more about volunteering for the opportunities listed below or to volunteer in any way, contact Vlasta Popelka at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office.
Brattleboro Selectboard Meetings
While “excitement” may not be the first thing that municipal meetings bring to mind, BCTV’s live, multi-camera coverage is a dynamic, fast paced training ground. As one of three camera operators, you’ll learn what it takes to pull off a live production. Follow the action, pan, tilt, and dolly under the direction of our staff as they manage the production from upstairs in our control booth.
BCTV Open Studio
BCTV Open Studio is a studio interview program gives local non-profits a chance to discuss upcoming events and current issues. Also a three camera shoot, Open Studios run for 30 minutes in a controlled studio setting making them a different experience than Selectboard Meetings. [Watch an episode of Open Studio here.]
BCTV pairs volunteer producers with requests for coverage in the community. From concerts to lectures, there are plenty of opportunities for getting hands on experience while attending an event you're interested in.
Live Multi-Camera Shoots
BCTV has several "all hands on deck" multi-camera field productions each year when we can use all the help we can get. Join the staff and crew for pizza, snacks and helping get a live production on the air. Those are:
- early June: Strolling of the Heifers Parade
- mid June: BUHS, Leland & Gray Graduations
- July 4th: Brattleboro Goes Fourth Parade
Adopt-a-Program to Practice Editing
If you want to get started editing right away but don’t have footage of your own, our staff can set you up with an “orphaned project.” Uncompleted programs come our way all the time, and you'll learn the basics while helping us out by adding titles and trimming. Experiment with the software, try out techniques and editing styles, and pick up ideas for your own projects down the road.