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Open day success for TV studio

Deirdre O’Byrne and Terry Collins at last Saturday’s open day.
Deirdre O’Byrne and Terry Collins at last Saturday’s open day.

An open day held at Longford’s very own community television studio last weekend was hugely successful, according to the Chairman of the voluntary group which operates it. Held last Saturday, October 31, the event provided an opportunity for members of the public to see the studio space for the first time, while it also enabled prospective participants in an upcoming training course at the studio to get more information and talk to the people behind the project. “It went very well,” said Seamus Clarke of Out-take Media. “Everyone who came along had an interest in television in one way or another, whether they had a story to tell or they want to learn how operate a camera.”

Deirdre O’Byrne, Margaret Horan and Aaron Murphy inspecting the equipment at the new community television studio.
Deirdre O’Byrne, Margaret Horan and Aaron Murphy inspecting the
equipment at the new community television studio.
Desmond Rynn and Shane Crossan
Desmond Rynn and Shane Crossan

Seamus added that a number of people who attended the open day have now expressed an interest in signing-up for an upcoming training programme on how to operate a TV studio. “It looks like we’ll have at least 13 participants, which is more than we expected,” he revealed. “There seems to be a lot of interest because of the upcoming 1916 centenary and the community projects associated with that, as well as people who are just curious about the technical side of making television.” Out-take Media are now making their final preparations for the training course, which begins tonight, Wednesday, November 4. “There’s a great buzz in the studio as we’re preparing for the course, and it’s great to see so much interest locally in creating community TV,” Seamus concluded. For more information, email info@outtakemedia.com or phone 087 4144082.

Maggi McKenna and Seamus Clarke, Chairperson of Outtake Media.
Maggi McKenna and Seamus Clarke, Chairperson of Outtake Media.

Bringing TV to the local community

Community TV group to host open day this weekend ahead of the commencement of a new TV production training programme in November.

Longford’s very own community television studio will host an open day next weekend as it prepares to launch a new training course in television production. Out-take Media will open the doors of its studio at Mastertech Business Park to the public on Saturday, October 31, to allow people to inspect the facility for themselves and learn about how the group aims to benefit the local community.

“Members of the public will be able to come in, look around the studio, and see what it’s all about,” the Chairperson of Out-take Media, Seamus Clarke, explained.

“Our members will be at work creating sample programmes, conducting interviews in the studio and so on, so people can see how a TV programme is made.”

Mr Clarke added that visitors are welcome to get involved: “Visitors will be allowed to take a hands-on approach with presenting, interviewing, camera operation, and other aspects of production.”

The open day comes as Out-take Media prepares to host a new training course aimed at individuals and groups planning to create television programmes in connection with next year’s 1916 Rising Centenary commemorations.

“The programme is called ‘Making TV to Remember’ and it’s the first training course we’ve offered to the public,” Mr Clarke continued.

“It’s partly funded by the 2016 Commemoration Fund through Longford County Council.

Owen Catterall and Seamus Clarke pictured in the control room at Out-take Media’s community TV studio.
Owen Catterall and Seamus Clarke pictured in the control room at Out-take Media’s community TV studio.

“It’s designed with a particular focus on people who want to produce commemorative TV programmes based around the 1916 Rising but it is open to anyone with an interest in TV production.”

Starting from 7pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, November 4, the course will run for seven weeks.

“It will cover all aspects of production, including storyboarding, scripting, using a camera in the field, sound, and then using the studio to tie it all together.

“We also envisage having at least one Saturday session,” Mr Clarke revealed, before adding: “Any media produced will be given to the participants, and if they want we can upload it to YouTube or arrange for it to be broadcast on Cablecomm’s cable TV network.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Longford County Council in offering this training course to the community,” he concluded.

“And of course, anyone who does the course is also welcome to get involved with Out-take Media on a more permanent basis.”

Out-take Media’s TV project is the Longford Leader nominee for the Local Newspapers Get Involved 2015 Awards. Judging takes place in December.

Local volunteer group establishing community TV station for Longford

Not many counties can boast having a community television station, but thanks to a group of volunteers Longford now has one and soon locals will be able to avail of it to create their own programmes.

Owen Catterall and Seamus Clarke pictured handling sound and vision mixing duties at the Out-take Media studio, while Shane Crossan and Deirdre O’Byrne present. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Owen Catterall and Seamus Clarke pictured handling sound and vision mixing duties at the Out-take Media studio, while Shane Crossan and Deirdre O’Byrne present. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

The project is the work of a volunteer group called Outtake Media, which has set up a studio on the Athlone Road in Longford town.

“Out-take Media started four years ago as a group of like-minded people who had an interest in making films,” said the group’s Chairman, Seamus Clarke, who explained that the group’s focus turned to television when it was offered the contents of a community TV station based in Dublin.

“We got a grant at the right time and the opportunity arose for us to purchase studio equipment from Dublin Community Television and it took off quickly from there. We changed our focus to facilitating people in creating positive Longford-focused media.”

Shane Crossan, Seamus Clarke, Deirdre O’Byrne, and Owen Catterall at the Out-take Media studio in Longford town. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Shane Crossan, Seamus Clarke, Deirdre O’Byrne, and Owen Catterall
at the Out-take Media studio in Longford town.
Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

 

Asked how the initiative will operate, Seamus said it is very much about getting the community actively involved and he hopes Out-take Media can facilitate a wide variety of programming covering everything from arts and culture to local affairs, environmental issues to local history and community events, and even hobbies such as astronomy and music.

“Our aim now is to foster a community around TV media locally and to allow that community to create programming based around their own interests. We’ll offer the studio and equipment, and train people how to use it, and then they can generate the content themselves.”

Seamus also outlined how Out-take Media has been working with a small number of local groups in recent months in order to prove the concept, including a project which involved students from Templemichael College, Ballymahon Vocational School, Ardscoil Phádraig, and Lanesboro Community College.

“We were the media partner for Banta Central, a student-led magazine programme co-ordinated by the County Longford School Completion Programme, which gave a voice to young people who wanted to discuss what’s important to them.

“We’ve also worked on projects with Longford County Library, Longford-Westmeath Education and Training Board, St Christopher’s Services, County Longford Enterprise Office, Longford LGBT, and the Attic Youth Café.”

With this initial phase progressing successfully, Seamus revealed Out-take Media hopes to be able to make its facilities available to everyone within a matter of months.

“In six-to-nine months we’re hoping to be in a position to properly launch the station and open our doors to everyone. The plan of action now is to get known locally, get the community on board to make their own programmes, focusing on what they they are interested in.

“At the moment we’re also negotiating with a cable provider and a TV channel on the UPC network. All content will also be available online,” he concluded.