VHVtv Virtual Interviews.


VHVtv is usually filmed in the MidPen Media Center HD studio. The Media Center closed on Friday, March 13 for filming in the studio until further notice. VHVtv is a community educational access television interview talk show done in half hour programs and I am Sheryl Shaffer, a volunteer community producer at the MidPen Media Center in Palo Alto, CA..
Since we all are sheltering in place at home, thought it was time to create a home studio to continue to film interviews. I am 72 years old, in a high risk group and staying in my home, so I have created a TV studio in my home office.

I miss filming interviews on location, with my Canon Vixia Camera, i phone w stabilizer and my Mac where I do editing on the i movie. So I turned my den into my own TV studio and now create videos virtually. It is amazing to make these videos at home and collaborate with others. it may not be ideal but we make it work!


With our Jack Russell dogs on a Zoom video conference call. Mine is Casper and Lucy’s is Dublin.

VHVtv started conducting interviews via Zoom video conference and the first virtual interview started filming in early May and is with Arizona Artist, Lucy Wong, U.S. Navy Veteran.

Here is the first VHVtv virtual interview with Lucy Wong.

VHVtv was scheduled to film interviews about the University of California Riverside Veterans Resource Center. We had production meetings with Tamara Lee Thacker, the Veteran Coordinator at the VRC and VRC staff Richard Gonzales and Sandy Dee and was scheduled to start filming on March 12 and the campus was shut down on March 10 due to the Coronavirus and this video project is delayed until further notice.

VHVtv is in transition right now. For people that know me, I admit I have failed and made some mistakes with the Social Media and Marketing.
From now on each Virtual Guest has to agree to help with promoting these VHVtv episodes. I can’t do all the Social Media and Marketing by myself and need your expertise to further the impact of Veterans Helping Veterans TV and to increase our viewership organically.
Also, you must be proficient with the Apple i phone and be able to provide B Roll and jpegs. Tell us your story!
The goal is to produce one half episode a month for vhvtv and the MidPen Media Center studio in Palo Alto, CA. Currently working on VHVtv Virtual Interview 2 now.
I do not make money at this, am learning as I go and just want to create more veteran interviews.

Our best option is to do interviews via Zoom video conference calling. It is a lot of fun to make these videos!

VHVtv is my way of volunteering and making a difference and we collaborate with many people to create our videos!
We are grateful for all of our volunteers that assist us in creating VHVtv. Thank You so much for your dedication! I am a Volunteer Community Producer at the MidPen Media Center in Palo Alto, CA and and this is the MC’s Producer’s Agreement. https://midpenmedia.org/
Each guest is required to sign a Media Center Talent Release. VHVtv is community educational access television.

Here are some of the VHVtv programs we have created at the MidPen Media Center HD studio in Palo Alto, CA.

During 2019, VHVtv was opened up for guest hosts to film half hour episodes in the Media Center HD studio to tell their stories. All episodes filmed in the HD studio are on this web site. These videos created in the Media Center studio were an opportunity for you to tell your own story of community service and to educate the veteran community.

Now, I am learning to create content virtually into half hour episodes at home. My studio equipment is an OSMO stabilizer with my i phone, an i pad, MAC Air with i movie, a Blue mic and a Canon Vixia camera with a Rode mic set on a tripod, basically a 3 camera set up and I am ready for interviewing.

I want to fill my days doing something creative and recently made a video about my emotional support dog, Casper!

We present VHVtv to you as an open platform to do veteran interviews. VHVtv is a half hour talk show format and if you are interested in being interviewed, please e mail Sheryl Shaffer at vetshelpingsvetstv@gmail.com. Now that we are on lock down in our homes, here is something you can do from the comfort of your home, tell us your story!


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