Wow, what a week!!!

Wow, what a week!!!

Not much is different from the past several weeks except, I have received 2 calls in the past two days, from places I dropped off resumes at, none of which were from my top 5 list but at least I received a call. Next up is I have looked into getting my driver’s license, I was impressed with the very good information I got from Young Drivers I think I will go with them as soon as I can conjure up $549.

Onto the third topic, I’m excited about the new TV season, after about three years there is good TV. So after seeing the shows here is my TV Top Ten List:
10. Too Close to Call (Rogers Television) I just had to add one that I help make. And Dave Deline is very Interesting.
9. Trading Spaces (TLC) It kinda makes you want to get off the couch and do some decorating… Kind of
8. Malcom on the Middle (Global) This is a truly funny show.
7. Trailer Park Boys (Showcase) I just love stupid Canadian Shows.
6. 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter (ABC) This is just a classic great show.
5. Everybody Loves Raymond (Global) How can you not love Raymond.
4. Undergrads (Teletoon) I hope there will be new episodes or I will have to remove this listing.
3. Enterprise (Space/ASN) Although not one of the best “Star Trek (sort of)” series it is interesting to see how the crew manages to stay alive without shields.
2. The ScreenSavers (TechTV) This is the ultimate show on technology.
1. Dead like Me (The Movie Network) This show just rocks, I feel like I can just connect with George. We live similar lives except she is a Grim reaper.

All for now!!!

What’s up!!!

What’s up!!!

While this week has been very interesting. I’ve actually left Saint John twice this past week. On Tuesday, I went to Fredericton and on Wednesday I went to Moncton, both days to help shoot promos for the upcoming season on Rogers Television. I’ve also had two rolls of film developed recently, some of the pictures have turned out fairly well. I’ve also got a set of digital pictures as well. I’ll be formatting them and posting them as 3 new photo albums on my website. I’m going to use html format and not the flash because I found a program that makes them automatically and is a lot easier.

I’ve also was doing TV Bingo this past week, it is great to have it back. Especially since Jeff and Tony are the best.

This week I’m going to continue some job hunting on Monday and Tuesday. And on Monday at 11:15 I have an appointment to have photos taken at the Sears Portrait Studio.

TTFN

New Blogger Features!!!

New Blogger Features!!!

I’ve played with some of the new features, and they truly improve the blogging experience. The main one is the spellcheck feature. I’ve fixed all the spelling in my blog back to mid July. It would take too long to fix the blog back to December of 2002 when I started blogging. Another feature I like is the post title. It gives it the ease of deciding what post you want to see.

The Hunt

The Hunt

I’ve redesigned the header for the Personal section of my site. I’ve searched for a job now for months, to no avail as of yet.

I think I will be staying home today and then go job hunting again tomorrow.

RTV Money Trends

RTV Money Trends

During the summer before the 2004-2005 season , there was a proposal for a Financial Show on Rogers Television from Saint John. The working title was “Money Trends” although the show never was made past a pilot episode here are the graphics I was in the progress of designing for this show.

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The Past

The Past

For the years have gone
All the good times passed
With lasting impressions
Rarely to be seen again.

For the years have gone
All your friends have moved on
With lasting impressions
Rarely to be seen again.

For the years have gone
All the songs being sung.
With lasting impressions
Rarely to be seen again.

Charles Belliveau

Charles Belliveau

Memorial: Charles Belliveau

Originally Printed in:

Saint John Telegraph Journal (February 19th, 2003)

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Belliveau Charles-In loving memory of Charles Joseph Belliveau who left us three very long years ago on February 19th 2000.

You touched and helped so many people who it has become impossible to forget you. Your hand was always extended to the children and your heart to the beauties of nature.

Wife Renee, Nephew Charles

Making a TV Show

Making a TV Show

Note: This article was originally written for Journalism 2023 Journalistic Writing in November 2002.

The 50th Annual Saint John Santa Claus Parade comes around for another year. This was a difficult production for producer Don Ferguson to organize volunteers. In addition, the float list was only available late on Friday afternoon. Three hours before the parade was to begin, we headed down the hill to set up the equipment. On arrival, we realized the taped introduction had the old TVNB logo and Parade 2001 on it. It was determined that we could just cover it up with graphics, but at about the time the parade was about to start to come down the hill the tape got jammed in the machine and I had about 2 minutes to come up with an alternative. Then the parade went really well until the floats stopped coming down the hill in order of the list and then it was a scramble of; What float is it, type it in, bring it up and take it down and repeat for about forty or so floats.

After a hard day of work, after the family dinner, many families sit down to feed their brains with hours of Television. For a small dedicated group the night of TV starts differently, this group is not home watching TV they are making it. This is the story of the dedicated group of staff and volunteers at Rogers Television in Saint John. These people come together to get together and have a good time to make community television. One of the part-time staff members is often quoted saying, “This is not working it is a hobby.”

A typical shoot will begin with the Producer ironing out the technical details, arranging for sponsorships, and going down the volunteer list trying to assemble a crew together. The task of gathering a crew can sometimes be the most difficult task of all. There are three categories of volunteers. The first group are the extremely dedicated ones. This group will sign-up for just about everything that they can. This group is relatively small about a half-dozen or so. The next group is the regulars they are usually quite dependable. The regulars usually have a certain focused interest, like bingo or sports. Then there is the third group that are either always extremely busy, lost interest or do not even remember why they are on the list. This last group is where most of the difficulty in forming a crew comes from after the first two groups are exhausted the producer has to spend hours of trying to get someone from this group interested.

The volunteers all have some interesting stories that occurred during their years. This group comes from all lifestyles, call centre workers, retired tax collectors, former professional TV people, and car dealers. They range in the spectrum from students to retired. In general, they get together to make TV, not in a deadline setting like a commercial TV setting, but one of just to have a good time and make some TV.

After everything is in place the producer and graphics person get started doing research and graphic design as this usually takes up most of the preproduction time. Then there is set up, which could be as simple as turning on and adjusting a studio camera and wiring a few microphones. This can also be a daunting task like a hockey game which involves miles of cables to be haled all through the arena and taped down to avoid tripping setting up and adjusting a half-dozen cameras, half-dozen microphones, set up a replay machine, a fibre feedback to the station, and lighting for the dark areas.

In November is typically a busy month. The month started out with the Kiwanis TV Auction. This is a relatively simple event, to begin with, at the beginning of October J-P Quinn the producer begins with organizing the crew and booking a mobile production truck to come down for the shoot. Then comes the cancellations, of the cancellation, including the Audio, Graphics, and half the camera operators. On the Tuesday in the morning before the auction, I received a call to see if, I would be available to take over the graphics. Only two of us on the list that could do the advanced graphics required for the auction. I really started my job the day before the show. The auction required an animated introduction, over 300 lower thirds, or graphics on the bottom of the screen, and a credit roll for the end of the show. While I was working on this J-P and several volunteers went down to the Trade and convention center to set up.

 Then the long-awaited show day came, it started with setting up the lights, microphones, and phasing or adjusting the colour of the cameras. The show went abnormally flawless. The second major production was the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony this was the worst show I have ever worked on. It started badly by the fact that we could not acquire a mobile for the show resulting in ripping out the rack used for the weekly common council meetings. Since there was, only one graphics computer in Saint John the plan was to send the signal back to the studio by Fibre-optics and put them on there. The first problem was that the computer crashed ten minutes before the event was to start and I forgot to save the graphics. In addition, the fibre feed did not work so they recorded the show on site. When Don Ferguson the producer for the show returned with the tape, we put the graphics, music and taped interviews on the tape. After we finished there was barely enough time for us to rewind the tape. The show looks so awful there was almost no sound and the camera cables were not good enough to see anything but backs of the head.

Journal Entry Nov 12, 2002

Journal Entry Nov 12, 2002

Trying to make sense out of studies on the topic of the Economic Effects of Drunk Driving is starting to make my head spin as I try to make sence of the formulas that some economist must have thought up as he had nothing better to do. One of these formulas are to determine the effectiveness of regulations on drunk driving, R=ƒ(Q,P(S), P(A|S), P(C|A), E(SV|C), E(SV|NC), N, SA, T)

Journal Entry Nov 11, 2002

Journal Entry Nov 11, 2002

Today was Remembrance Day. This was the first ceremony I have been to in six years. Before that I used to be forced go every year. I first went with scouting about 12 years ago, always froze my hands off carrying the New Brunswick flag at the Jarvis Bay Memorial in East Saint John, and then in 1996 was my last one with Air Cadets.

Journal Entry Nov 9, 2002

Journal Entry Nov 9, 2002

The Saint John Kiwanis Club held their TV Auction today. The highlight of the auction was the visit by the local Member of Parliament Elsie Wayne. She auctioned off a Christmas Frame and a Decorative Snowman.

Journal Entry Nov 7, 2002

Journal Entry Nov 7, 2002

Tap Tap Tap, the sounds of little pink fingers tapping on computer keyboards fill the air, as I am in the process of finalizing my news story that is due in measly eighty-five minutes. After a few minutes, it will just become a disconcerting background sound like a buzz from a fluorescent light, or the fans of an air exchange system.

Journal Entry Nov 5, 2002

Journal Entry Nov 5, 2002

The beautiful white snow is setting softly on the ground. As the first significant snowfall bestows upon us for another year, the gentle little flakes are gliding effortlessly through the air, occasionally moved along by the light winds in the courtyard. The people are stumbling around some not sure, whether or not their next step will be one where their foot hits possible hidden ice beneath the snow.

Journal Entry Nov 4, 2002

Journal Entry Nov 4, 2002

Today I am reworking my website the people at Tripod.ca sent out a letter on Halloween that they were going to drop their service. This resulted in a bigger furry than the New Year’s dilemma the plagues all webmasters year after year, the changing of copyright last year to copyright this year. Thus, I had to change the entire site’s internal links from enterprise17.tripod.ca to enterprise17.tripod.com. With the larger size of my site that resulted in over 2,300 changes that took about 5 hours to finish moving. At least now, it’s completed.

Journal Entry Nov 3, 2002

Journal Entry Nov 3, 2002

Today was the annual Fredericton Rotary Club TV Auction at the Sheraton. This year a computer system ran auction. Instead of having, large boards for the bidding, the operators put the bids into the computer and they were displayed on large 36″ TV’s. My job was to bring up the information on the TV behind one of the auctioneer.

June Callwood

June Callwood

Because I was in class during the time, the June Callwood was speaking in the Ted Daigle Auditorium at St. Thomas University I was originally not going to bother with this assignment. When I went to class, I started hearing all the other stories on this particular guest speaker I decided to do it anyway.

On the evening of November 1st, I sat down and listened to the rebroadcast lecture on the program “Ideas” on CBC Radio One. I turned on the radio to listen but there was very poor reception on my little cheap radio. After spending about five minutes trying to clear up the reception I gave up. Then later I had an insight that I could pick up the signal on CBC Radio One’s web broadcast so after missing fifteen minutes of the broadcast I began listening. Once I first heard the words coming out I became intrigued. I started to take notes but shortly stopped in awe of the remarkable voice of inspiration and experience. I cannot recall anything in part that she said but the words all appeared well-chosen and magical.

Journal- November 1, 2002

Journal- November 1, 2002

Today I did not feel like getting up after spending last night at class lounge playing the game of Risk until late in wee hours of the morning. Looking at my watch in bed it reads, “08:26,” and rolling through my head goes why in the world I signed up for an 8:30 in the morning class.

Journal Entry Oct 18, 2002

Journal Entry Oct 18, 2002

Tonight I was filming a hockey game at the Aitken Centre. One thing I noticed is that people will stash their trash into any hole or crevice. Next to the press box, there is a hole in the cement for us to use to feed our camera cables and audio snake through. When I opened the trap door to feed the cables, a pile of trash fell out, enough to fill up two large garbage bags. There were cups from all the big restaurants like Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Tim Horton’s. There were napkins, 6-month-old decomposing food, and several other decomposing goods.

Royal Visit

Royal Visit

It is a typical Friday morning in Uptown Saint John. There are a few people sitting around casually chatting to one another. The big issues on peoples minds are focused on what cuts the Mayor and City Council are going to make in their budget, that the one time great Saint John Flames hockey team are having their season opener later tonight, or that tomorrow is the first day of the long-awaited Thanksgiving Day long weekend. In all there is not much thought being given to the fact that in a small city an hour and a half to the north the queen is arriving.

Earlier as I waited what seemed to be an eternity for the bank to open, an elderly man slowly entered and joined me in the wait. Casually I asked him what was his thoughts about the queen. “She is not of great concern,” he said gasping for air, “There are worse ways for the government to waste money, but I like things the way they are, and I would miss it if it was gone. She (the queen) is a magnificent person.”

After leaving my table in Market Square, I took a stroll out on to the board walk. Out there I ran into two nice and polite women, who I later found out were Americans from the southern state of Texas. Apparently they had just arrived on the cruse ship, Royal Princess, that was docked down the street at the Pugsly Terminal. “Oh God!, I don’t know about these things but,” the older one said, ‘the current queen is nice, although I don’t know about her successors.”

When I approached a friendly, middle-aged man on my way down Prince William Street to my old high school he said, “It is not costing us anything, why change it?”

Questioning the high school students at Saint John High School on a smoke break went no where, many of them following my questions with, “What is a monarch?,” and, “What is a head of State?” This from a school that when I went there was renowned for being the intellectually advanced school in the city. I was puzzled is this going to be another generation of people who don’t really care, who cares is it comes or goes.

One student that understood the question felt that the queen should be replaced by Jean Chrétien after he retires in the winter of 2004 because, “He’s done a lot for Canada.”

Later on I ran into another man who felt that like most of the people who it does not really matter if the royalty came or went. He felt that before getting rid of the monarch they should get rid of the Senate. “They both don’t do anything but the queen does not cost a fortune like the Senate does.”

According to the Monarchist League of Canada the queen does not really cost us anything because we would have to pay for a President anyway if we got rid of her. According to the Parliament of Canada Website the Monarch costs about $1.02 per Canadian where the Senate costs about $6.73 per Canadian.

Journal Entry Oct 10, 2002

Journal Entry Oct 10, 2002

I have a plant decaying on my desk. It has been there since I moved here in September. It has probably been about three to four weeks since it has last watered. I should water it now but I have too much to do and there is not much point since it looks like it is gone for good.  Note: The plant has long since passed on

Journal Entry Oct 9, 2002

Journal Entry Oct 9, 2002

Tonight at the Students’ Union meeting, the Vice President of Finance presented the University’s Budget. Although somewhat informative, it really lacked much detail. After an hour and forty minutes when I had to leave, it turned into a debate on buying the old Lieutenant-Governor’s house and trying to find out the large corporations that donated money to the University or the companies the University invests its Endowment Funds in to see if they all have good human rights records.