Starting Production

We want to help you get your production started and have created this “Production Guide” to help you bring your ideas to life.  After becoming a member and taking some classes you will be on your way to making great media.  Read on for a walkthrough on how to produce a show here at HCAM.

  1. Become an HCAM member
    You must become a member of HCAM and sign off to our Policies & Procedures in order to access any of our services and facilities.  Membership is free but requires that you pay for training courses. We also have Premium Membership options which entitle the user to things like free training for one full year.
  2. Take classes on the equipment you hope to use
    Members can take classes to gain access to our equipment. Introductory level classes are required for access to our portable camera, audio and lighting equipment. We also offer classes for our multi-camera studio and our digital editing lab.
  3. Plan your production
    Take some time to develop a vision of your production.  You may want to use our Program Application form which will ask you many of the questions you’ll need to start thinking about, and even provides you a show template worksheet.  Once you know this information, you can start checking the availability of your talent, production crew, obtaining releases, and do all of the pre-production planning that you learned in HCAM production training classes.  If you need production crew the HCAM staff can even help try and connect you with someone.  Contact the HCAM staff to get help finding volunteers.
  4. Reserve equipment in advance
    Once we receive your Program Application, you are cleared to reserve equipment and facilities in person or over the phone. Planning ahead will pay off for you. 48 hours notice is the minimum requirement, however members who book equipment two weeks ahead of time have very few problems with availability.
  5. Begin Production
    Gather your crew together for your in-studio shoot, or pick up your equipment and begin your creative work in the field.
  6. Post-production
    No matter what kind of media or piece you are making, the post production process may include reviewing, editing, rerecording and so on.  HCAM Production Training classes can help improve your skills in this area.
  7. Submit your program for cablecast
    Once your production work is complete you may submit it to HCAM staff.  (For details on accepted formats see our program submission page.  Along with your submission we will also need a Broadcast Request Form.
  8. Watch it on the big screen
    Invite your friends over, make popcorn, and watch your show on HCAM!
  9. Get the word out!
    After all your hard work, there is still more you should do to help get the word out about your final piece. You can also upload your show to YouTube or other online sources and even ask the HCAM staff to post a story about it’s premiere on this website.  Of course you can also send press releases and post announcements about your show on your favorite social networks. There is so much you can do to bring viewers!

There are some reasons why HCAM might not allow you free access to our community production equipment. The use of HCAM’s facilities and equipment is for the purpose of producing programming for HCAM’s community channels or website. Members producing for commercial purposes and significant non-HCAM purposes must pay the fair rental value of the equipment they use. Contact the HCAM Staff about equipment rentals.