Two-year-old Video One Productions, the Video Club’s 30+member production team, climaxed a busy 2018 with a Holiday Potluck Luncheon on Friday, December 21, in the Video Studio. Member Fred Harshbarger captured the festive spirit in this short video, as resident Carlton Oakes shared live holiday music with the gang.
After serving for two years with Phil Doran as Video One Productions’ Co-Facilitator, Lucy Parker, a Video Club Past-President and retired freelance writer and graphic designer, stepped down, to be replaced by Dr. Jeanne Mayer, a teacher/coach, writer/director, actress/comedienne, and talk series host, who is currently in pre-production for a children’s television show. Jeanne originated and teaches the Video Club’s successful “Smile for the Camera” class.
In addition to producing the Video Club’s first dramatic video (see website post), Video One Productions’ accomplishments during 2018 included the launch of a new half-hour Village Television series, “Welcome to My Home,” produced and edited by Suzanne Savlov. “Our show visits Village residents who came here from another country and interviews them about their experiences when they were young, their culture, and their traditions,” explains Suzanne, a retired hospital dietitian and skilled video editor. “We’re interested in their impressions of the United States – and we end each show by sharing some of their traditional food.”
VidOners also worked as a team on a half-hour video of The Woods Combo, a popular Laguna Woods Village Jazz group. (Video One member Bill Hemberger is the Combo’s drummer.) Produced and edited by Fred Harshbarger, the video was the result of shoots held during several summer performances at Clubhouse One and is available on YouTube. Take a look!
The team also produced monthly segments of Dr. Tom Nash’s popular half-hour Village Television show, “Laguna Woods Stories.” The playlist of nine recent “Laguna Woods Stories” segments is available on YouTube. A third major project was shooting the Village’s popular Aquadette’s 2018 Summer Show, produced by VidOner Charlie Redner and edited by Video Club member Valerie Link, the Aquadettes’ artistic director.
Throughout the year, VidOner John Kelly, the Video Club’s External Video Coordinator, managed requests for video services from individual residents and clubs.
An ongoing project for Video One Productions has been developing 30-second spots for Village Television — both announcements of general interest, such as Bill Hemberger’s spot on avoiding senior scams, and promotional announcements for Village clubs, such as Jim Rohr’s spot about the Softball Club. The Video One team continues to assist member June Davis with her proposed impressionistic video about the trees of Laguna Woods.
In addition, Video One Co-Facilitators Phil Doran and Dr. Jeanne Mayer recorded voice-overs for “Trash Talk,” an animated video being created by Video One member Connie Shaw for Village Management Services to inform residents about trash procedures. Phil and Jeanne portrayed talking trash bins.
Video One Productions wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year 2019!!