Creative multimedia department houses a TV studio that is currently getting a facelift.
By Tress-Marie Landa
After nearly a year, the department of creative multimedia’s TV studio is nearing the end of renovations.
The studio is multi-purposed as the broadcasting powerhouse for a public access education channel available on participating networks in San Antonio and surrounding areas such as Time Warner Cable Channel 118-19, Grande Cable Channel 21 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.
The channel is known as InTV, which stands for innovative, interesting, involved, insight, inviting, insatiable.
The studio also serves as a space for faculty and students to use as a resource for filming class projects, lesson plans or other creative purposes, by appointment only.
Located on the sixth floor of Moody Learning Center in Room 632, the studio draws in visitors with the red flashing light outside the doors that indicates recording is in session.
When the light is off, indicating no usage, visitors can enter to ask questions and tour the studio.
The set comprises about 1,200 square feet and the new design has been constructed with space capability in mind, providing the users with more accessibility and new technology, said Jason Ucab, the department’s senior multimedia specialist.
“Essentially, InTV is an entity of the city of San Antonio and Alamo Colleges, and the two have come together and decided to run it and host it here,” he said. “It’s in this building because the department of creative multimedia, before this, was responsible for television courses.”
“We also do filming in here. There is original programming that we do,” he said. “We just brought in another editor part-time who will do original programming.”
The education channel offers interactive shows with a variety of subjects for all ages.
“Right now, we have a lot of humanities episodes that we’re making,” Ucab said. “We have a poetry show called the ‘Poets Corner’ and there’s the ‘Artist Palette,’ which will likely be rebranded soon with a new name.”
The department posts InTV’s schedule online at www.intv.alamo.edu/Cablecast/Public.
Ucab said the makeover process has been exciting and he has captured every moment.
“There are mobile units that are going to be a part of the back-line for production usage,” he said. “They will sit on top of a mobile platform. They are two-sided; the back has space for ‘micro-tiles,’ which are mini televisions. The array that we currently have are a bunch of mini monitors that are chained together that can make one contiguous picture or you can set it up to have multiple different screens known as projection mapping.”
These multi-purposed mobile walls were designed with the studio’s new look in mind, Ucab said.
“The set only goes so far, and we were concerned with two things: branding, having a consistent look and theme and also to have modularity and a little bit of variety while maintaining the same systematic look,” he said.
The cost of renovations is well over $100,000. “Set construction and set design is expensive,” Ucab said.
“All new lights, LEDs are cool and not hot, epoxy flooring, curtain cleaning, wireless DMX and lighting controllers, new interview chairs and man hours — all expensive,” he said.
There are also green room walls to replace the screen with any other video clip, graphic or still images needed and round table surfaces that light up in fluorescent blues to accentuate the set’s new design.
“Students, teachers and approved visitors can all come in to shoot in here,” Ucab said. Interested parties can call ahead to the department of creative multimedia to schedule an appointment with an adviser to learn more about accessing the studio and what is required for use.
Those who want to create an original program for the education channel must first “pitch their ideas, create story boards and sign legal documents,” he said.
The channel is open to educational ideas that will benefit viewers in subjects such as art and science.
Internships are currently filled.
“As an education channel station, especially being located on a college campus, I feel like it would be a disservice to us to be located here and not have interns,” Ucab said. “We have had a couple of interns in the past. I was actually one of the first interns here in 2011 and now I’m here as a staff member.”
For more information, call Barbara Knotts, the department of creative multimedia’s director, at 210-486-0589.