Video One Productions: Putting the Video Club on Village Television

As Video One Productions continues its twice-monthly Zoom meetings, the agendas, prepared by Facilitator Fred Harshbarger, show the Video Club’s production aspects very much in action.

“What’s going on with ‘Beyond the Gates’ — ‘Eyes on Books’ — ‘The Hole in One’?” asks Fred. “Who’s taking Tom Nash’s new “Cinematography Lighting Workshop”? What’ve you been learning? What’s up with the monthly video editing Forums for Apple and Windows users? Have you paid your 2022 dues? Does anyone have a work-in-progress to show us?”

The first Video One meeting (now called “Video One Productions”) which the Video Club has records for was on July 6, 2016. The group formed when students in Dr. Tom Nash’s initial “Multi-Camera Studio Production” class continued meeting on their own in the Video Studio to improve their skills. Tom has since offered this class numerous times — the most recent new and improved version being last summer’s 10-week, hands-on Video Production Class,” which started June 9, 2021.

The goals of fostering videomaking skills and creativity and sharing work and ideas in team-based video projects are enthusiastically addressed by the group. VidOne is open to all club members. For more info, contact Fred at, 714-979-4786.


Laguna Woods Stories,” introduces viewers to Village residents with interesting stories to tell and airs Wednesdays and Sundays at 12 noon. The half-hour show is produced by Dr. Tom Nash in the Video Studio with Tom (usually) hosting. A re-run will be shown in March. (Tom recently had a heart valve replaced and is successfully recovering.) In the first segment, Betsy Martin interviews Anne Westmann Gilbert, a Towers resident, whose Jewish parents took her from Germany to England as a child to escape Hitler. In the second segment, Tom interviews resident Johnny Levque about his Hollywood career as a sound effects pro.

“Beyond the Gates,” produced on location by Suzanne Savlov and the Video One Productions team, takes viewers to places of interest near Laguna Woods Village. The half-hour show airs Wednesdays at 11 am and Sundays at 9 am. In March, host Susan Wheeler visits the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda.

Eyes on Books” debuted in December, 2021, produced in the Video Studio by Suzanne Savlov and the Video One Production team. Emphasis is on readers enjoying books. Two hosts in a book-lined virtual set (male and female, to capture both points of view) initially discuss each month’s book — all novels, so far. Then they meet and talk with its author. The new show uses the Zoom tools we’ve all become so familiar with to significant effect: although aimed at a limited audience in a California residential community, “Eyes on Books” has been able to interview nationally-known, best-selling writers from across the country. In March, hosts Terri Kelsall and Mike Holtzman meet attorney-novelist Sheldon Siegel of San Francisco to discuss his recent mystery “Final Out.”

“Video Club Spotlight,” produced by Fred Harshbarger, airs Sundays at 4 pm. The half-hour show features videos by club members. In March, Spotlight #8 presents “Secretary Bird” by Fred Harshbarger, “Red Sea Sky” by Jack Crawbuck, and “Morocco” by Fred.

“Jazzing Around” is a 60-minute show produced by Fred Harshbarger and featuring his original videos of West Coast jazz performances. It airs Fridays at 8:30 pm. In March, Jazzing #5 includes “How Am I Doin’?” by Todd Morgan, “Pete Kelly’s Blues” by Wally’s Warehouse, Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” by On The Levee, “The City of New Orleans” by Grand Dominion, and “Big Boss Man” by Old Spice.

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