“Will and Grace,” “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” the “Nightstalker” remake: it’s all crap, right? You’ve been telling your friends for years that, with your own television show, you could meet or exceed the high quality standards set out by networks like, say, Fox. So put your digital camcorder where your mouth is and do it!
What’s that you say? You lack the technical wherewithal and equipment to turn your revolutionary dramedy concept show into reality? Come with me, oh mini Aaron Spelling, and learn about the magical world of KVIK, the Associated Students’ very own and very public station.
KVIK is an AS program dedicated to providing all interested students with the opportunity to experience all aspects of the world of television production, from scripting to shooting to editing and beyond.
“We’re the best resource for television on campus,” said senior Matt Acosta, the KVIK coordinator.
KVIK productions had historically been aired on the local Bellingham Television Channel 10. BTV10 is a project of the city’s, dedicated to fostering transparency of local government through taped city and county council meetings. The channel also airs various educational or informational materials produced or sponsored by public agencies.
For the last year or so, the only Western productions routinely aired on BTV10 were taped, rebroadcast university sporting events. BTV10 management has indicated recently, however, that they’re amenable to a shift in policy to put other KVIK-produced programming on the air.
KVIK programmers and partners are running with it. During the broadcast hiatus, KVIK continued to produce and film television productions as if they were going to eventually air. Emboldened with the possibility of a real broadcast partner again, though, KVIK producers seem to have turned new show pre-production straight to 11.
KVIK productions have historically run the gamut, from news shows and documentaries to sketch comedies. According to Acosta, they’re always open to new ideas.
“With our help, or by themselves, students can try to put together a pilot for a show they want to submit.”
One upcoming show on the docket for this year features Kenny Davis of “Western Live” fame. “Western Live” was a long-running KVIK staple of the olden days, a late night style show featuring live audiences, musical performances, interviews and skits.
“He came to me with the idea and it really meshed with the idea I had,” said Acosta.
“I wanted to have a sort of open mic show, where people could submit their skits and short films and stuff and we could but them on TV.”
There’s more to do at KVIK beyond straight television show production. As the Promotional Productions coordinator, Elisa Sparkman oversees an expanding program that has KVIK producing short promotional videos for AS offices and organizations.
Interested clubs can approach KVIK with an idea or even a plain solicitation for help and KVIK experts will work with the group in question to develop a 30 second or minute long advertisement. KVIK has been collating these brief promos onto DVDs– one avenue of distribution discussed is airing quick promos before AS Productions Films screenings. KVIK is also making a reasonable number of DVDs of their promo spot available to the clubs themselves, to use at their own discretion.
“They can use it where they need to use it,” explained Sparkman, “to show to new members or at a club fair.”
KVIK has a new student welcoming meeting coming up this Wednesday, October 5. Interested students will have a chance to meet, greet and bond over free pizza and a presentation on current KVIK shows, plans and how to get involved. If you’ve ever wanted to or even wondered what it would be like to work in television, you’re not going to get a better chance in Bellingham.
The informational meeting is in Viking Union 462A, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call up Matt Acosta at 650-2343 or email KVIK@outgun.com.