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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S01 E01 Martin at the Crossroads – YouTube

Here it is, the YouTube version of S01 E01 of Martin at the Crossroads!

The show is somewhat basic in production. In any case, the content is most important. Chelsea was a wonderful guest. Her story warmed my heart from the first time I heard it. I hope to spend more time at the tribal centre in future. The ‘Big House’ is a special place for me now. I’m happy that it is just minutes away from where I live.

For the production stsrting in September I hope to have a new intro and some graphics included in  the show.

Enjoy!

Martin

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Premiere

It feels like an eternity, however, tomorrow the new show hits your TV screens!

ShawTV Channel 4 has their new schedule out and you can find it at this link.

Please check my event calendar as well for dates and times.

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Support and Sponsorship

Hi!

Just taking a quick break from my filming schedule to send out this post.

As you know, the world is changing as to how we obtain information and as is the quality of that information. Of course, we also know that publicity is just important as having the funds to produce a TV program or podcast. So I decided to to write this post…

I would like to mention the support needed to ensure the new shows can be both high in production quality and with interesting guests. I already have to drive to another city to tape the shows. I also spend countless hours arranging and planning. Since I am the producer, I’m responsible. So you can see there is a need for this post asking for support and sponsorship.

ShawTV is doing a great job to accommodate me in producing this show. The team there is amazing, fun, and highly professional. Martin @ the Crossroads  will air weekly in the fall and this means that I have the next few weeks to get everything in place.  Since I don’t  have Daddy Warbucks as a dad, I need to ask you for your support. There are three ways you can help.


Private Donations

I have set up a donation link for those of you who wish to support the “Martin @ the Crossroads” TV program as well as the upcoming Podcast series “Just a Chair“.  If you can make a donation, I will ensure that your name will be mentioned here on the website, and in the “Thanks to:” credits at the end of the shows. If you would like to volunteer, and learn what it takes to produce a weekly TV show or podcast, please contact me directly.


Corporate Sponsorship

I have decided to add four sponsors to the show. These sponsors will have a mention on this website, on the show, and in the credits. The full sponsor agreement is available by sending a message via the contact me page. A corporate sponsor can also welcome to make a donation to the show by using the donation link below. We will place your company name in the “Thanks to:” credits.


Support

We of course would appreciate support in any form. If you have a venue we can film from, can supply gifts, discounts, food, for the volunteers that make the show happen all is welcome. As well, I am always looking for guests! If you know of someone local or coming to town that I should consider please think of me. Please use the contact me page to let me know.

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Vancouver Island Music Festival

VIMF Main Stage

Looks like I will be going to the Vancouver Island Music Festival this weekend. Since I’m back in the talk show host saddle, I have the means to go and do some interviews as a member of the media.

I am always looking for a personal story, so don’t expect a lot of celebrity news, expect more from the people that make it happen and the people who volunteer throughout the weekend to make this one of BC’s premier music events. This year the line up of talent is magnificent. From country to world music, there is something for everyone. Camping is sold out, so you might have to ask me nicely to set up your tent in my back yard. I have room, but I get first priority for the coffee in the morning and of course, first rights to the shower!

Have a look at the festival here. I will be on my own at times and also with the wonderful folks at ShawTV –  North Island.

Watch for me. I’ll be the one with the microphone in my hand!

Martin

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New Show Air Dates Confirmed

Set of Martin @ the Crossroads
Set of Martin @ the Crossroads
Well. Now I’m getting excited. My new little TV show will air next week. I just received the schedule from ShawTV and it looks like I’ll (we’ll?)  have to get up early or stay up late to watch the very first one.

The show will air multiple times through the week so don’t worry if you miss watching every one! I’m joking of course, I expect you to record it for me, at least, and I will quiz everyone I know about the guest. The show will also be available shortly after the first air date. I will let you know when it is online.

Now… here are the dates and times for Martin @ the Crossroads:


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 03:00
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 09:00
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 15:00
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 21:00


Thursday, July 20, 2017 04:00
Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:00
Thursday, July 20, 2017 16:00
Thursday, July 20, 2017 22:00


Sunday, July 23, 2017 05:30
Sunday, July 23, 2017 17:30
Sunday, July 23, 2017 23:30


The show airs on ShawTV – North Island Channel. This is Shaw’s community access channel and just so you know, they do air some shows in other markets if they have a good following. If you are a Shaw cable subscriber, I hope you can ask for the show in your local market that would be amazing! If you are not sure if the show is airing in your neighbourhood, please click here and select your location. You can always send an email or call using  the contact information there.

If the show gains popularity, it could go national! So if you can watch on ShawTV or view the show on YouTube and like it.

Martin

 

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New TV Show

Well, what can I say? The new TV show was taped yesterday. After all the planning, and preparations, once it was all done, I went home and slept for two hours. I forgot the energy and inertia that is involved in doing these shows. Good news it went well. So well that the station not only liked the pilot, they want a weekly show starting as soon as possible. Most likely in the fall. But we have the opportunity to do a few this summer.

I will let you all know when the show will premiere on Shaw TV. The show will air sometime during the week of July 10th, 2017.  If you are not a Shaw Cable subscriber, the show will be available online once the show airs on the channel.

Stay close! More to follow!

Martin

 

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Springtime in Istanbul – Behind the Scenes

It was a cold day, but the sun came out. It was springtime in Istanbul. Looking back at this behind the scenes shoot. It was a hectic rush and lots of people and gear. The video was excellent, however, the audio never got to the camera. Thus an 18 hour day of filming interviews and stand-ups was lost.
Well, this experience taught me two things:
Yes, grown men cry, and two… always have your phone in your shirt pocket recording audio.

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