Have you ever wanted your own television show? Have you ever wanted to be your own producer, writer, director, and on-screen talent? These are questions that never occurred to Gene and Dave when they were involved in performance arts. They just wanted to share their creative talents with as many people as possible. Well, look at us now!
|Gene and Dave with an image of the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue,|
Town Lake, and the Austin skyline digitally placed behind them
A lot of folks told us they really enjoyed it and that we should have our own TV Show. That was all the encouragement we needed. Just several years previous, I became a certified producer at public access Channel Austin. My show was called "Geno’s Place." I just had to go to the public access studio, learn how to operate a camera, and learn how to get that media edited and back to the station for broadcast. Well, it was a little more complicated than that, but in essence I was already a producer. Dave and I just needed to come up with a show theme and start putting shows together.
Our TV show had pretty humble beginnings. Celia Hughes, at VSA Texas, helped us find funding. We set up some lights in my apartment and filmed ourselves in my living room. Then we started using a green screen, which allowed us to digitally change the background of our set. Once Channel Austin remodeled their studios, we started to film there. Since we were able to use our own digital cameras and edit our shows on our computers, we created shows in a fairly accessible venue.
|Gene and Dave seated at a table with 2 microphones|
in the Channel Austin studio. Behind them a blue screen
covers the entire wall.
|The editing station at Channel Austin shows the process of|
digitally placing an Austin postcard behind Gene and Dave.
|Gene and Dave sit on either of R2D2 as Dave, microphone|
in hand, conducts the interview.