Lights! Camera! Action! Senior Discovery TV (SDTV) is a terrific opportunity for aspiring senior moviemakers 50 and older. City sanctioned SDTV fosters meeting new people, learning new skills and having fun. The group meets monthly every first Tuesday at 2 p.m. (except during certain holiday weeks) at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center (EMNECC) at 1301 Valley Road.
In addition to production shoots, the group holds mobile studio and on location training sessions for production and postproduction skills development and practice. New volunteers with or without moviemaking experience are always needed to expand SDTV’s moviemaking capabilities.
Inexperienced volunteers learn moviemaking basics in varied interest areas by helping as credited Production Assistants (PAs) on projects. Help is always welcome with production related equipment setup, operation, and teardown. PAs learn lighting, audio, and camera operation basics and ultimately more advanced skills prior to producing their own projects. Experienced volunteers start by joining SDTV members on their projects as co-producers, co-directors, camera operators, audio boom operators, lighting technicians or editors before producing their own projects.
Experienced SDTV members initiate their own group approved projects to direct, produce and edit as events, opportunities or creative ideas arise. SDTV’s credo is to produce creative video content “by seniors, for seniors, about seniors." With the professional grade camera and studio equipment made possible by funding from the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and by SDTV members, the group is now able to do studio interviews, newscasts, create short comedy or dramatic episodes and more. Reno provides equipment, shooting locations and access to events. Membership is free, and all levels of skills are welcome.