With a comedy show, a news program, and zombie movie in the works, the television production team at KVIK has a lot to do this quarter.
“There's literally never a down moment this year,” KVIK coordinator Eli Martin said.
“VTV,” or Viking Television, is KVIK's new entertainment news show. The pilot episode, available on KVIK's Web site at http://kvik.as.wwu.edu, features a segment about the Upfront Theatre and an interview with the Blue Scholars, who played in the UV Multipurpose Room on Jan. 25. Martin said he hopes “VTV” will produce new episodes every two weeks starting next quarter.
“If anyone has something they want to promote, or something cool that they're doing, they can totally come to ‘VTV,' and we'll probably shoot it,” production assistant Rhett Taylor said.
Martin said he is currently working on making “VTV” a credited class. Martin himself gets credit from the marketing department for his work at KVIK, and he said he thinks other students could have the same opportunity through “VTV.”
“Along with the new show comes logos, scheduling, marketing it, trying to get it to the right audience, having content that your audience would be interested in, and things like that,” Martin said.
This year, KVIK got new cameras and held workshops to train volunteers in how to use them. They also got a new lighting kit, computer, DVD player and new editing software.
“I think they [the AS] see that we're doing a lot more this year,” Martin said.
Next year, there will be two KVIK coordinators doing the job that Martin is doing now, to help shoulder the heavier work load.
“We're completely run by volunteers,” Martin said. “Everybody's here on their own whim.”
The AS does not exercise control over KVIK's programming, so Martin chooses things himself, based on how much planning people put into their proposals. For instance, at the beginning of last fall, Western student Gabriel Conroy came to Martin with an idea for a movie called “The Lord of Zombie City.”
“The Lord of Zombie City” is a film noir spoof about a detective becoming entangled in a zombie underworld. A trailer has been showing for the movie on the new digital big screens around campus.
“We knew that people would be very confused by it,” Martin said. “But we wanted that, so it would create a buzz.”
On March 14, KVIK will shoot one of the final scenes for the movie in the VU Multipurpose Room. The scene features a crowd of people dancing in a club, and at least 40 people in full zombie makeup.
“They've been working really hard,” Martin said. “They've taken it really seriously.”
“The Lord of Zombie City” will probably premier in Arntzen Hall 100, but a date has not been set yet, Martin said.
“You Would!” has been running since spring quarter of last year, making it KVIK's longest running program.
“This year we kind of took it to the next level and made it a bigger program,” Martin said.
“You Would!” is run by about 15 volunteers at KVIK. They produce one show per quarter, which is taped live and released in segments on the Internet.
“I wanted to pursue comedy on campus in a new way that wasn't being done at the time,” producer and host Rafik Fouad said. “KVIK was the perfect outlet.”
Fouad said he was a big fan of “Chappelle's Show,” and wanted to do a similar combination of stand-up and sketch comedy on KVIK.
“In college, as entertainers, it's your job to think outside the box,” Fouad said.
“You Would!” pokes fun at relationships, awkward classroom situations, and other aspects of student life.
“Basically the material we have is our lives,” Fouad said.
The next episode of “You Would!” will be taped at 7: 30 on Feb. 27 in Arntzen Hall 100. Admission is free.
“A lot of funny people have put a lot of good work into it,” Fouad said.
Matin said Comcast is planning to show KVIK On Demand within the next couple of weeks. KVIK's programming will also start airing on channel 16, the closed campus network, next quarter.
“This year, KVIK has really grown off the charts thanks to Eli and the rest of the team,” Fouad said. “They just put in so much amazing work.”