U-View talk show highlights cinema students’ films

Written By Don Noel Ranasinghe

Kevin Galloway was talking to a Point Park television audience about his film depicting a father telling his children about getting a divorce on a program produced by college broadcasters.

The novel fact that Galloway, a second year cinema student, was being interviewed by college journalists was the beginning of a unique collaboration between the schools that the producer of the show wants to encourage.

“The broadcast department and the cinema department has a gap and we are trying to bridge that gap by showing the cinema students films, while teaching broadcast students how to put on a show,” Alexandra Clemence, producer of In Focus, a talk show on U-View said.

U-View is Point Park’s eight-year-old television station, which showcases cinematic and other talent around the university. U-View airs Point Park student-produced programming 24/7 on campus television.

Last year, assistant professor Robin Cecala, the head of U-View, wanted to develop more content on the station. 

Cecala suggested finding interesting people in the cinema program, which interested Clemence. Clemence then pursued the program, producing it mainly by herself.

According to Clemence, she worked alone because she didn’t have any crew to help.  That limited her to one episode last year, but now that she has a crew, she hopes to turn out more than one episode this semester.

The first this year is by Galloway, who was approached by Clemence after she heard of Galloway’s film. He wrote, directed, shot, cast and edited the short film “Dinner,” which is about a father having a conversation with his kids during dinner. He talks to them about getting divorced, but also being there for his children.

“I wanted to show a positive outlook on this topic, because a lot of people go through this” Galloway said.

He said the show offers a potential outlet for many cinema students.

“Cinema students put a lot of hard work on to their projects and it feels good to get recognition for the hard work we put in, and this show needs to grow so more cinema students can be on here” Galloway said.

One good thing for Clemence this year is she has some help.

“Alex is a great producer because she says what she wants but not how she wants it,” said Zach Aaron, director for In Focus. “[This] gives me the creative power to use the crew to make it interesting to the viewer because this show is much more free form than a news broadcast.”

Aaron liked the idea of the show, but in the first season, there was less content for the show and he was interested in helping out this year and seeing the show evolve. As a director, Aaron’s goal is to have an end product that the producer is happy with and gain experience working as a TV director at the same time.

“This is a great idea for U-View because it helps out both cinema students, who get recognition for their hard work and broadcast students, who get experience working in the studio,” said Kyle Anthony, the technical director for In Focus Anthony, who does mostly on air work, wanted to get involved in the technical side of broadcast and get experience in a different side of the business.

His job requires him to follow the director’s directions and switch between shots smoothly, which means switching between cameras. Sometimes, Anthony also works on the audio board, where he has to make sure the audio is perfectly balanced and is not too loud or soft.

“There are some very talented people working here, and this was very organized and on point,” Galloway said.

This was the first time Galloway had been on a talk show and around a broadcasting environment. One thing Galloway had to get use to was not being able to take more than one take on Clemence’s production.

“I feel like I accomplished something in my career as well as highlighted a step in a cinema student’s career,” Clemence said.

The show can be seen on U-View which is available on channel 4 or on YouTube.