|The LUBE TV Story|
|by Mark Brauner|
|Back in early 1998, after watching Austin Access television for a few years, and seeing (for the most part) nothing but conspiracy theory and mindless call-in shows, I decided to start my own Austin Community Access Television Show. It was to be an informational as well as an entertainment show. The informational part of the show will deal with interviews with guest actors,
directors, advice from experts, etc. The entertainment part of the show would include excerpts from plays and monologues performed by Austin actors, student and independent film screenings, round table readings of new theatrical and screen plays, discussions about new and old films and general silliness.
The following is an abbreviated timeline of the events leading up to what is now Lube TV.
I went to an access TV producers orientation, got my Producer's ID card and signed up for a SVHS Field production workshop. After that I will have to take a Basic Editing workshop so that I will be able to use the Austin Access Equipment (video editing suites, cameras, etc.)
I took the SVHS Field Production workshop yesterday and today (it only took two days instead of the regular three days because I
was the only one in the class this session) and passed the test (98%).; For my camera work, I made a pseudo-documentary of the state Capitol. I will get to edit this tape in my editing class that I will soon take. Once this editing class is over I will be eligible to start my series. At this point I am eligible to check-out equipment from the equipment room and begin taping material.
I finished the video editing class yesterday. It was a three day class with each class lasting three hours. Most of the time was spent learning and operating the video editing system and very little lecture time. It was great hands on experience. The class was well worth the time, effort and money ( only $35) spent. The instructor, Jesus Garcia, is a very easy going and knowledgable guy. Now I can begin taping and editing material to fit my proposed 30 minute weekly series. I need to tape three 30 minute shows to get my series rolling and then produce one every week from there on out.
My wife and I separated from each other and are in the process of getting a divorce. TV show on hold indefinitely.
The TV show is back on track. John Christensen (a friend who happens to be a film-maker and actor) has helped me find
new energy and ideas for the show. He has a lot of contacts in the Austin film scene and is an assistant film programmer for the Austin Film Festival. We agreed to call the show LUBE TV because as John said in his film Manifesto, we "want to lubricate the social environment". Embrace It!!
John and I have finished taping three thirty minute episodes of LUBE TV and are in the process of editing them.
We have taped five episodes. Four of them are completely edited and have been submitted for broadcast. The show premieres on Wednesday January 5, 2000 at 11pm on Austin Cable Channel 10.
|And The Rest is Access TV History|