KVIK started in 2002 as the Western Television Broadcasting Club, has been working since then to provide students with a venue to create and air TV programs.
The AS office produces programs and offers students a chance to be involved with the broadcast and production of them. With approximately 30 student volunteers, KVIK provides a place to learn about editing, producing, computer programs and camera skills that can help students kick-start a dream job or simply have a good time learning something new.
KVIK produces a variety of different programs that by the beginning of winter quarter will be airing on their Web site, http://kvik.as.wwu.edu, as well as closed-circuit campus channel 16. They are also working on an OnDemand deal with Comcast. In addition, students can use a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed to download shows directly to their iPods, or any other electronic device that reads RSS. This means shows are automatically updated so you can always see a new program as soon as it is aired from KVIK's web site. The programs range in variety from short films and comedy to interviews with a wide range of people
“This is a very cool experience because it offers students a TV broadcasting program where they can gain experience because Western does not have many classes offered and no majors in television or video production,” KVIK coordinator Eli Martin said.
On the entertainment side of things, Viking TV offers viewers a chance to see events that are happening around them. The episodes will focus on fun, interesting things that go on at Western, as well as in Bellingham. On the first episode, airing at the end of this quarter, Viking TV will showcase anything from an interview with The Presidents of the United States of America to a segment by Western's Upfront Theater to a section of a documentary by a Western student who traveled to Bolivia. KVIK's goal is to air Viking TV four or five times per quarter, with episodes running approximately 15 minutes.
“You Would!” is a bigger production for KVIK. “You Would!” is a mix of prerecorded comedy as well as live, stand-up comedians, a DJ, the Dead Parrot Society and a live band. It takes place at 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Arntzen Hall. Vitamin Energy will be on hand with energy drinks to add to the atmosphere. The event will be filmed to be shown on KVIK's different outlets starting winter quarter.
KVIK also does a variety of promotional videos for Western clubs; they just finished producing one for the hockey club.
“We would really like to be able to do more promos for different Western clubs,” Martin said. “It's something we hope expand a bit.”
In addition to the university orientated programming, KVIK will also be airing “Lord of the Zombie City,” a short film by student Gabriel Conroy.
As well as airing all of the work produced by KVIK, the office broadcasts completed work by students and faculty, too. Also, students with new ideas are encouraged to fill out a show submission form and contact the KVIK office.
The variety of positions open to interested students allows people with no knowledge about the production process to learn and grow. People with previous experience and passion will also find that they can expand and be creative with new ideas. Students can be involved in a variety of different positions, ranging from producers to set designers. The volunteers meet once a week and film on Saturdays.
“I am very happy with this quarter because we have grown a lot and have an increase in volunteers,” Martin said. “This year we are really setting standards and raising content expectation. This has been quite an educational experience.”
“A variety of opportunities have allowed the students to bond with each other, and at the same time improve their skills,” Martin said. At the beginning of November a group went down to Seattle for a workshop that focused on using the DVX 100 Panasonic cameras that KVIK has.
Some members took part in Insomnia, a 24-hour film festival sponsored by Apple, Martin said. Apple provided a list of specific items and ideas that had to be incorporated into a short film and then the students had 24 hours to complete it and turn the film into the Apple Web site, he said. The Insomnia festival was a really fun experience that allowed us to bond. The film also came out really well, he said.
KVIK'S plans for winter quarter include airing all of the projects they have so far, KVIK hopes to expand its resources and knowledge. Classes training students on how to use Adobe Premier and Apple's Final Cut software will be offered as well as a variety of workshops. An informational meeting will be held next quarter and anyone interested in being a part of KVIK is encouraged to e-mail Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.