Episode 7 – RCMP/GRC

Well, this episode was fun. Media Relations Officer, Constable Rob Gardner was my guest for this show. What did I miss all these years? Find the show on ShawTV North Island & Powell River.

The show is now on YouTube! Have a watch from right here if you want!

Note: During the show Rob and I talked about an old training video. The link for it is here. I wanted to put some of it on the show however CBC wanted a lot of cash to allow me to use even a few seconds of the clip.

Here are a few more links to videos that were supplied by the RCMP/GRC:

45 sec TV ad male ENG

45 sec TV ad female ENG

45 sec TV ad male FR

45 sec TV ad female FR

Welcome to Depot ENG

Welcome to Depot FR

Remember, this show is all volunteer. I hope you can help us out in making it stay on-air!

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Volunteer Producer

My bio on ShawTV
My bio on ShawTV

I once did a TV show in Istanbul with a small salary and a zero-production budget. Now, I have a TV show and although ShawTV is co-producing it with me, as you can see, I’m a volunteer/access producer. Which means, I now have no financial gain from doing this. I hope to find sponsors, that may or may not happen. So, it is always nice to know that you support and my hope is that in sharing the people that have a story to tell will make a difference.

With this said, I hope that you can consider making a small donation to the show. I hope that someday soon I can move the show, or create another one with a commercial broadcaster. I have a lot of stories to share and I hope that I can keep doing this. If you cannot help out financially, then all I need is for you to share and comment on the posts I make on my website.

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Episode 6 Aquaculture

Episode number 6 is on air!  The topic is aquaculture.

If you live on North Vancouver Island or in Powell River, check the ShawTV schedule for the show. It airs the next two weeks on. Channel 4. Don’t have ShawTV? No problem you can always watch it on YouTube!

To make it easier for you, you can find the video right here… Enjoy!

Once you’ve watched it, don’t forget to make a comment and share this page!

– Martin

Any contribution helps the show. It’s non-commercial and volunteer.

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YouTube Playlist

xRdsTV on ShawTV

Well, there we go the YouTube playlist is now available for Martin @ the Crossroads.

It is wonderful to report that five of my shows have already aired on ShawTV! The beauty of this is that there are so many ways to watch the show. You can watch it on Shaw’s Channel 4 on the north island and in Powell River throughout on a biweekly rotation of nearly 20 time slots, or you can PVR it. Additionally, once the show has been aired, it is available on YouTube! Yes, you can watch at your leisure whenever and wherever you like.

How do you find the YouTube playlist? Well, my page is the place to get the details. So, for those of you that have not found a way to watch, all you have to do is click here for the playlist! From art to aviation. How about hockey? You cannot not find something to watch so far. And! There is much more to come!

Remember! The more you watch the better my chances are of finding sponsors!

Martin

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xRdsTV – Episode 5

Here is episode 5 of Martin at the Crossroads (aka xRdsTV)! Aviation is the topic! My favourite!

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Green Screens and behind the scenes

Bunny is my little dog. She is seen here on the green screen cyclorama. Camera testing with animals is a fun yet trying experience. After getting Bunny to be comfortable on the cloth, we found out that she is so white on her chest that she was actually reflecting the green! This makes it almost impossible to do a proper composite background later in post production.

You see, the green will bleed the background video or image onto her body. Not the desired effect. So, turns out we will likely have to go with a blue screen to do any shots with her. Good thing our new screen will be blue!

Bunny acting
Bunny acting

We hope to share our video with Bunny in another acting video. Real soon I hope!

– Martin

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Dracula is Coming to the Crossroads

It is the Halloween season and where there is a jack o’lantern, there is likely a vampire lurking somewhere. So in the spirit of this haunting night, what guest would not be better for me to find in a darkened building? No other than Dracula himself. In Courtenay of all places. I will be sharing his story and the story of some other characters found in Bram Stoker’s Dracula Ballet. Ballet? Yes, ballet! So, if you did not think ballet was for you… Maybe, just maybe, you’re going to find something else you did not know about yourself. Be prepared to be impressed!

Here is the teaser for the upcoming show featuring Ballet Victoria’s Dracula! Find the schedule on the calendar page – Martin

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Fake News

If you know me, you know I know something about news. You know I was editor in chief of the English news department of an independent Turkish news agency for three years. I also have shared what I believe as pivotal world news stories. Given I was situated between Greece, the Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Cyprus for a decade and a half, maybe, just maybe, I have enough street ‘cred’ to choose a story.

However, my knowledge didn’t all come from within. It came from many people that I worked with. The people who I call journalists, correspondents, and reporters. These people all know their jobs. Some of them, never came home after an assignment. Some were in the field for months and even years. Some I trusted, others, trusted me. (I may explain this comment one day.) You see the trust of support and news-gathering is symbiotic. The most difficult part of working in news is seeing a story die before it is ever shared to the public. I saw thousands of news stories being produced around the world via my computer. The software that combined 10 different news sources that streamed all their news. Including the news I sent out to the world.

That news, which was prepared for broadcasting clients, typically panned out to four or five stories on the evening bulletins. Not really indicative of all that ENG work we thousands of people around the globe spent all day working on. News outlets rule the roost. Period.

This is a screen grab from Instagram that I took this morning of a former colleague of mine. This is the reality of how a story happens. My friend, on the left, is out there doing his job. Yes. His job. Be thankful you have people like this out there keeping you informed. Just like this blog post, you need to be reminded of where your news comes from.

I hope to see some comments here. Not just ‘likes’ on Facebook. Your ‘duty’ to be an informed news consumer is to make an attempt to filter fake news. The news reading public should actually visit the site where the story originated from. I see so many people share stories from third parties. If your going to share a story, share the link to the site, not some paid advertising Facebook page.

Like this blog post I have spent over thirty minutes preparing, writing, editing, and posting. I really would like to see some comments below. It lets me know you’re awake.

Good morning!

Martin @ the crossroads

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Debut Show is Ready

Since July, I have been working on my new show. There was the pilot, that was actually more the audition for the show. Once I was accepted by ShawTV to produce the show, we went into pre-production mode. Well, sort of. In the talk based world of TV, sometimes real world events put a camera and microphone in your face when least expected. Not a problem for me but it’s never a dull day in my life.

From street interviews, guest interviews, location selection, all take time and, of course, expense. Looking for sponsorship, gaining access to unusual places, and arranging volunteers to help out are all a lot of fun and craziness. Of course, there’s a little creativity happening as well. With all the work done so far, we now have the debut ready for air next week, and as well, we have two more instalments ready for air as well.

The show will be in a half-hour format and will repeat at different hours through the week. Once the show has been broadcast, it will then be made available on the ShawTV North Island YouTube channel.

A new episode will be aired every two weeks and will have a new guest along interviews from ‘everyday’ people who live in the region. So if you see the ShawTV/ Martin @ the Crossroads sign up at events, malls and parks, come by and say a few words on camera!

Stay tuned!

Martin

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360 degree programs coming soon

Want to see the whole show from one camera? Here’s a quick look at the future of my work. We’re working on productions using 360 degree video technology. Pretty soon you’ll be right here in the studio, or on location with us.

Here is a test video of the 360 degree camera in action. If you’re using a tablet or smartphone. Turn the device, to look around, or use your thumb or mouse to scroll the video. Just so you know, Safari browsers are still in the jungle to play these videos. In other words, it cannot play 360degree video…

Don’t forget to comment here on our site. We love to hear from you!

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