The fall semester has begun and it is off to a great start! September 12, 2012, marked the first of five very busy days for alt.news 26:46. On that Wednesday, a crew of three alt.news members made the trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to film and interview an electrorock band called Paper Route. The group had high energy on-stage during the concert, which made for a powerful show (not to mention, excellent footage). The segment was produced by Cara Gordon, who mentioned that sleep deprivation was the largest problem faced during the shoot, “We crashed at a friend’s place at 1:30 and had to be on the road by 6:00a.m. But that’s just another day in the life of an alt.newsie.”
On that Friday, a crew of four of us departed for the Old Rock House in St. Louis to shoot Scottish-Australian musician Colin Hay. You probably have heard his vocals in the famous Men at Work song, “Down Under” (and if you haven’t, it’s about time that you go take a listen. Everyone has heard that song). Hay, now a solo artist, plays the acoustic guitar, and, as producer Matt Sloan noted, sings about “the simple things in life.”
On Saturday, September 15, Beth Radtke produced a segment, with the help of lone crew member Katie McCall, on the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, which was also in St. Louis, Missouri. This year, the event’s 40th anniversary, provided beautiful weather and a very large crowd of spectators. Seventy balloons operated by professional pilots took to the air for this spectacular show of a race. The shoot went extremely well, and was also very fun.
On that same Saturday, we went to my (Marta Bender’s) hometown of Morrison, Illinois, to shoot a segment about an event called Paint the Town. The 18-year-old event is a vibrant celebration of the visual arts. People of all ages use temporary paint to create works of art within five-foot squares designated on the streets of the downtown. By the end of the event, the streets have transformed into a colorful unconventional art gallery. Our crew of four, after a long day of filming, had the chance to paint our own masterpiece.
That’s not all, though! Aside from these four shoots, we also shot one of our biggest productions of the year! On Saturday, September 12, the open for the show was filmed in Studio A at the College of Mass Communciations and Media Arts here in Carbondale. Around 25 to 30 people (!!!) helped with the insanely complex production. The shoot went excellently, with many new alt.news members not only being excited to help, but willing to stay for the entirety of the shoot. Everyone who helped deserves a huge round of applause! (Insert extremely loud clapping sound here). Curious about what it is about? You’ll have to watch our first episode on October 14th, at 10:00 p.m. In the meantime, we’ll give you a little sneak peak: