Have you ever wondered “How do they do that?”
Come learn video production skills with our new HD studio and field equipment. The FREE monthly classes given at Nutmeg TV are your first step in becoming a Nutmeg TV Producer or a Crew Member. We offer three hands-on classes that cover the basics of all aspects of television production.
Production Classes are held once a month on a consecutive Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 hours a night from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Elective classes and workshops are sometimes available for more advanced training.
The great news is that there is a place here for everyone, and no experience is necessary! To enroll in our free training classes, come to our Orientation which includes a tour of the facility for you and your friends and family!
Field production is all about taking cameras and other equipment off-site to produce a show. We’ll cover everything from the planning stages to how to set up equipment and begin recording. We’ll teach you how to make sense of the video camera’s manual settings to capture good quality audio and video. You’ll also learn about concepts such as establishing shots, b-roll, head room, and how to artistically compose your shots. Techniques you’ll learn in this class will also help in still photography, graphic design, and many other artistic endeavors.
In the Studio Basics class, we’ll show you how the concepts in the field production class carry over into a studio environment. We’ll start from learning what is expected from the different crew positions such as floor director, audio technician, camera, and more. We show you how to use the cameras, how to set up microphones, how to design a set, and how lighting affects your shots. Then we move to the control room where we explain how to use the audio mixing board, the “switcher” for selecting camera angles, and the graphics computer for displaying text and pictures during your show.
Editing and Post Production
Video editing is an exciting world where your production comes together. Learn how to take a collection of video clips and shape them into an interesting story for the home viewer. One of the best things about video editing is the freedom to create virtually any type of show.
This class will cover everything from how to trim away un-needed video, how to enhance the look of your video, working with audio, and much more. We’ll show you all the tools at your disposal to develop a visual style that you can use in all of your productions.
After this class each member will then be certified as a producer and/or crew member!
After your complete the classes, those who wish to become a producer must attend a Producer’s Meeting with a member of our staff. Everything from studio rules and policies, to crew and set requirements, are covered. Producers also discuss ideas for programs that they wish to create or work on in the future.
Studio B Class (Elective-Not Currently Offered)
You will learn how to use the cameras, green screen and lights with our Tricaster system to create all types of programs. Studio B utilizes a program called ‘Virtual Sets’ which creates a full studio space using some simple green screen techniques. You will also be shown how to add photos and videos to your show. The smaller sized studio is also ideal for smaller sets and crews.
Lighting Class (Elective-Not Currently Offered)
The brand new, state of the art LED lighting grid in Studio A has many different features to it. This class covers everything a producer would use for their show. You will learn everything from simple set lighting options, to multiple colors and lighting cues.