In 2020, What’s Up with Video One Productions?

Video One Productions, the Video Club’s special interest group (Forum) for team-based video production, heads into 2020 with plans for a new monthly television show, the upcoming premiere of the team’s second short dramatic film, “What? You, Too?”, and a list of members who will take turns heading the group’s monthly meetings, held on second Friday afternoons.

Video One Productions’ next meeting will be Friday, January 10, at 1 pm in the Video Studio. Anyone interested is invited to attend; however, Video Club membership is needed for continued participation. Inquiries about Video One Productions should be directed to Tom at, 714 381-0781.

New Television Show

A planning meeting for Video One Productions’ new television series, “Beyond the Gates,” was held December 11, 2019 in the Video Studio. The half-hour monthly show is expected to begin airing on Village Television in February. According to the show’s producer, Suzanne Savlov, the concept invites viewers to explore places to go and things to do outside (but nearby) the Village. Tom Nash will serve as executive producer. Tom’s monthly “Laguna Woods Stories” series, profiling interesting residents, will continue.

Each show will consist of three local visits (segments), including one restaurant, Suzanne explains. Segments will be shot “Huell Howser-style,” with one camera.

Susan Wheeler and Bill HembergerThe production line-up for “Beyond the Gates” includes (at right) club member Bill Hemberger, a voice-over professional, and Susan Wheeler, a retired art librarian, as hosts. Jack Crawbuck will operate the single camera, with Barbel Dagostino as a segment producer and Lucy Parker handling publicity.

More segment producers are needed for “Beyond the Gates,” says Suzanne. If you’re interested, please contact her at, (949)859-7035.

The one-camera approach to be used on “Beyond the Gates” contrasts with the three-camera location shoots required for Suzanne’s other television series, “Welcome to My Home.” Since fall, 2018, this monthly half-hour show has visited the homes and shared the cultures and food of Village residents born outside the United States. “Welcome to My Home” will continue, but perhaps quarterly, says Suzanne. The holiday edition of “Welcome to My Home” was featured in color on the front page of the December 19, 2019 Globe, the OCRegister’s weekly Village newspaper.

Click here to see the recent Globe article on our Home page (please scroll down).

Monthly VidOne Leaders

Following is the list of VidOners who have volunteered to lead monthly meetings:

January 10, 2020 – Jill Amadio

February 14, 2020 – Tom Nash

March 13, 2020 – Jack Crawbuck

April 10, 2020 — Betsy Martin

May 8, 2020 – Sheila Bialka

June 12, 2020 – Gila Zalon

No meetings in July and August.

September 11, 2020 – Suzanne Savlov

October 9, 2020 – John Kelly

Tom Nash has offered to maintain VidOne’s roster of 52 participants (out of the 212 residents and non-residents who joined the Video Club during 2019). All 52 participants have attended at least one VidOne meeting, but not all are active, according to the group’s former Co-Facilitator, Lucy Parker.

Origins of Video One Productions

Allen Fortson reviews clown footage-smVideo One Productions grew out of the Studio Forum, begun in early 2014, during the presidency of Lucy Parker, to fill a Video Studio leadership vacuum following the departure of several technically-skilled members. It was headed by the late Allen Forston, who famously produced a video of Villagers dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” song. Allen is shown here reviewing Village Clown Alley footage for the “Happy” video. Another motive force behind the group was Tom Nash’s “Introduction to Video Production” classes which were first taught in November of 2014, generating great enthusiasm.

DSCN2305-smInterested Video Club members further developed their team production skills with the “Never Too Late to Date” and “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” television game shows produced by the club under the leadership of Phil Doran between 2014 and 2016 and aired on Village TV.

In mid-2016, Lucy Parker and Phil Doran started what was initially called “Video One” (at Phil’s suggestion).  Jeanne Mayer, who added “Productions” to the name, headed the group during 2018 and part of 2019 before her recent move to Texas. Since then leadership has rotated with volunteers leading monthly meetings.

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