Sean Effel

Cambridge Community Television , Cambridge MA
I am responsible for planning and implementing new technology and systems throughout our organization, from databases to websites to production gear. I get to wear a lot of hats throughout the year, so it's pretty cool. I like long walks in the snow and my favorite ice cream is vanilla.
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June 18, 2004 - 8:05pm The production contract allows our members use of our equipment as long as copies of final works are submitted to our community channels or website. This is the primary deal we offer top help members produce media for free. Many conditions apply, so read carefully. Contracts are granted to Access Members in good standing who have no prior outstanding contracts. Members pitch a plan for producing a piece that includes dates, equipment required, locations, names of potential crew, purpose of final pieces, and so on, and CCTV determines if this qualifies for free use. If so, the contract is approved and members may then book time with our equipment and facilities. If it is not approved, members are welcome to rent equipment and facilities at its fair market value. Once a program is finished, members submit the final works to our channels or website and may then begin a new contract for more production time. Production Contract Types Certification Contract This requirement for all first-time producers is intended to limit the scale of a production to just three minutes. This provides members with a miniature production experience to help better gauge the work required to make a... read more
June 18, 2004 - 7:34pm The national Alliance for Community Media has named Cambridge Community Television number one in the country for the third year in a row (and the fifth time in its history). The "Overall Excellence in Public Access" award will be presented at the Hometown Video Festival awards ceremony in Tampa on July 8."CCTV has once again successfully competed against access centers two and three times our size," said Susan Fleischmann, Executive Director of CCTV. "Our success is a result of the rich, dynamic community that we are so privileged to serve. As the mainstream media becomes less and less responsive to local concerns, CCTV and public access centers around the country are a precious resource." Alfred Fantini, CCTV's President, said " Hard work, consistency, dedication to quality, and love of what you do has served CCTV well. We appreciate the national recognition."Eli Kao, CCTV's Programming Coordinator, won first place in the Music Video Non-Professional category for his program Sonámbulo and CCTV's web site, designed by Production Coordinator Sean Effel, also placed first.The Hometown Video Festival, the oldest and largest festival for programming on access and local origination... read more
June 8, 2004 - 7:36pm Cambridge Community Television today announced the availability of Cambridge Uncovered - the Calendar, a sixteen-month wall calendar of Cambridge notables, nude. Photographed by award-winning Cambridge photographer Mark Ostow, the images are luscious and provocative. Cambridge Uncovered - the Calendar will be formally unveiled on Sunday, June 13 from 7 - 9 PM at Ostow's studio at 686 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. Former gubernatorial candidate Robert Reich, Mr. June, will be available to share his experience in front of the camera. In addition to Reich, the calendar features writers Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan, dancer Rozann Kraus, and the staff of the 1369 Coffee House. Cambridge Community Television is the nationally recognized public access center serving Cambridge, MA. CCTV provides training in video production and computer technology, and operates three community cable channels, an art gallery, a computer lab, and a video production studio. Proceeds from the calendar are earmarked to support CCTV's special outreach projects to seniors, youth, and new immigrants. read more
May 28, 2004 - 7:37pm CCTV has immediate openings for part-time instructors to teach the following subjects: Post-Production: Beginning IMovie, Final Cut Pro (Beginning and Intermediate, Titling), Compression Basics, Streaming Basics, DVD Authoring, Audio Editing. Field Production: Scriptwriting, Guerilla Video Techniques, In-Camera Editing. Studio Production: Chroma/Luma Keying in the StudioThe ideal candidates for these teaching positions are skilled in the subject matter, experienced in explaining technical subjects to new users, and eager to share their knowledge and eager to listen and learn from others. Our rate for Beginning Imovie and Beginning Final Cut Pro is $15/hour; other courses are negotiable. These are very part-time but on-going positions--typically 4-16 hours/month. Send cover letter and resume to John Donovan by fax (617-661-6927) or by email at read more
April 27, 2004 - 3:26pm read more
March 11, 2004 - 6:41pm Cambridge Community Television unwrapped its new line of spring fashion-function garments this week with a new t-shirt design accompanied by canvas shopping bags and shouldered courier bags, all with fresh new artwork. The "Voice & Visionwear" line can be purchased at CCTV during operating hours, t-shirts for $12, courier bags for $25, and the shopping bags are yet to be prices. Here is a sample of the new artwork... read more
January 27, 2004 - 2:27pm read more
January 14, 2004 - 6:53pm The 2004 Hometown Video Festival is coming again! The Hometown Video Festival honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO), cable television channels. Sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, this national festival recognizes creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Members of CCTV are encouraged to submit entries to this contest since many of our members have placed in the top ranks in the nation year after year and this is also the festival in which CCTV has won the Overall Best Public Access award for the last two years. As an added incentive, CCTV will pay 1/2 of the entry fee if members submit a tape to us to be sent with the rest of our organizational entries. The fee is reduced from $40 to $20, and must be submitted before February 7, 2004, with completed entry forms. After this date you must submit your tape separately from CCTV‚s entries at the full amount of $70. Read on for... read more
December 23, 2003 - 6:55pm ComputerCENTRAL at Cambridge Community Television is a winner of the Fall 2003 CTC Success Story Contest! "The Ghosts Behind the Story" written by Maurice Anderson, was one of three winners (out of twelve fantastic entries) selected by a panel comprised of CTCNet staff... read more
December 13, 2003 - 6:56pm The first week in December, a major transformation occurred in CCTV‚s facilities. The cablecast operation was completely dismantled, rearranged, and re-wired to clean up what had become a huge mess, and to incorporate new digital playback formats. Video engineer Dennis Dutra, who was responsible for the installation of CCTV‚s digital studio in 2002, worked with Director of Operations John Donovan, to design and install the new facility. Comcast provided new modulators, and hopefully the result will be a dramtically improved signal for CCTV‚s viewers. New equipment includes an upgraded computer to control the Tiltrac robotic vhs playback system, DVD jukeboxes to play DVDs, and, most importantly, a 32 x 16 routing switcher that can take any input signal and send it to any output. CCTV hopes to incorporate digital serving of files in 2004 - this would enable staff and producers to play back programming from a server rather than tape. If you are a viewer, take a peak at the signal and let us know how it looks. read more
December 11, 2003 - 6:58pm We've also taken a first step toward offering public Internet access in Central Square via wireless "WiFi" or "802.11". "CCTVPUBLIC" is the name of the new wireless access point now broadcasting from CCTV's offices along Prospect St. The access point supports 802.11b (11 Mbps) and 802.11g (54 Mbps) connections. At present no password is required - just show up with your wireless laptop, configured to "Get an IP address automatically" or "use DHCP server" and connect to the Internet. We hope this will inspire more wireless Internet coverage within the square and throughout Cambridge. read more
October 17, 2003 - 7:59pm The winners of the Northeast Regional Video Festival have been announced and the producers here at CCTV won nine awards! The festival honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO), cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Members of CCTV have placed in the top scores in the region year after year. Congratulations to:Jenny Alexander, First Place Youth category - "Dreams Deferred"Shaun Clarke, Frances Deny, Steve Harris, First Place Dramatic category - "Pinned"Evan Ragon, Second Place Innovative category - "Time Piece"Jen Audley, Second Place Documentary category - "Frog Sounds" Erika Jones, Second Place Talk Show category - "Roach Motel" David Zermeno, First Place Community Impact category - "Building Communities at CCTV" Lisa Brightman, Third Place Differently-Abled category - "Inspire Amercia"CCTV-Sean Effel, First Place PEG Promo category - "In Your... read more
October 6, 2003 - 8:01pm October marks the 15th Anniversary of Cambridge Community Television, the public access cable TV station and media center serving Cambridge. And to celebrate, CCTV invites all of Cambridge to a series of events hightlighting the people (producers, members, staff, supporters) and the qualities (diverse, creative, innovative, community-oriented) which helped CCTV win the national 'Overall Excellence in Public Access Programming' award an astounding four times in its 15-year history. Here are the events to mark in your calendars; CCTV hopes to see you there! For more information about any of them, please call CCTV at 617-661-6900 or email Read on for a full calendar of events! October 1-15FREE One-Year Memberships are available to Cambridge residents who sign up in person at CCTV's Central Square Studios from October 1-15. These Access Memberships offer complete access to CCTV's video and computer facilities, plus a $100.00 course voucher to take any of CCTV courses! At $55.00, CCTV's memberships have always been one of the most remarkable bargains in Cambridge; but this special FREE Membership promotion does that one better. The only catch is: You have to... read more
September 24, 2003 - 8:02pm On Thursday, September 18, 2003 CCTV‚s Sixth Annual BBQ took place in our backyard in Central Square, avoiding the rainfall caused by Hurricane Isabella by about 12 hours. Frank Pasquarello, public information officer for the Cambridge Police Department, and host of his own BeLive show Crime Time on CCTV for nine years, received the station‚s Leading Role Award. The award recognizes individuals who have worked tirelessly behind (and in this instance also in front of) the scenes on behalf of the Cambridge community. Officer Pasquarello, a member of the Cambridge Police Department since 1976, is responsible for all media relations within the Cambridge department, and is also an aide to Police Commissioner Ronnie Watson, who roasted and toasted Frank. In addition to recognizing Officer Pasquarello, CCTV was honored to have Cambridge comedian Jimmy Tingle join the celebration. National reggae artists Dub Station provided the music. And, as is the tradition at CCTV's BBQ, all food was provided and prepared by chefs from a diverse group of local restaurants. For those who decided to stay at home, the BBQ was cablecast live from our backyard! The annual BBQ is first and foremost a forum... read more
September 8, 2003 - 8:06pm This past Sunday and Monday nights, CCTV presented an epic two-fer of live outdoor production! Live from the Prospect St. sidewalk, our SuperBeLives! brought CCTV to the people and the people to CCTV (all without obstructing foot traffic, officer). The regular BeLive! hosts presented their shows as scheduled, but with the added excitement of the fresh fall air and multi-camera production. An enthusiastic team of production volunteers brought this event to life under the guidance of studio manager ArtMan Martins. Highlights included impromptu interviews, musical guests, a call-in sing-along, energetic political commentary, and creative comedy. Stay tuned for more SuperBeLive! action, and call us up for how to get involved! read more
September 8, 2003 - 8:05pm This summer, 20 motivated teens captured some amazing images on film. Under the direction of Mark Ostow, they explored Central Square, Revere Beach and other cool locations. They also learned about studio lighting, darkroom work, and the history of photography. Each of the images in the show were shot and printed by the workshop teens. This exhibit will be in our Drive-By-Gallery through October 3, 2003, so please come take a look! read more
August 27, 2003 - 8:07pm On August 26, 2003, the entire staff of CCTV took a day trip to Cape Cod where they worked really hard on some really important issues. Such high level organizational brainstorming sessions covered topics including maximizing tanning hours, executive kite flying techniques, and developing mad whiffleball skills. The CCTV commission on staff appetite also met to work out a temporary solution for the situation at hand. David Zermeno, Acting Director of Skin Cancer Prevention, facilitated a three hour workshop on ultraviolet radiation awareness, pictured at left. This staff summit is in preparation for the upcoming Extreme BBQ, which will celebrate our 15 years of continued cable access in the city of Cambridge, and will serve as the largest fundraiser of the year to support our special outreach programs. read more
August 20, 2003 - 8:12pm As is the tradition at CCTV‚s fundraiser BBQ, all food will be provided and prepared by local chefs from a diverse group of local restaurants, including The Middle East, Cambridge Brewing Company, Carberry‚s, Green Street Grill, East Coast Grill, La Groceria Ristorante, Picante, Pit Stop Barbecue, and others. National reggae artists Dub Station will perform at the event. The veteran band has been dubbed by the Boston Phoenix as a "reggae nerve center, a social phenomenon." Following in the tradition of classic reggae back-up bands, showcasing new artists while backing up international contenders. The annual BBQ is first and foremost a forum for raising funds for CCTV‚s outreach programs, including CCTV‚s extremely popular Summer Media Institute (SMI) for Cambridge high school students, and targeted computer tutorials for seniors and linguistic minorities.This year‚s fund raiser is perhaps gripped by a greater sense of urgency than in previous years, owing to state and federal financial woes. In 2002, the FCC did away with the collection of franchise fees on cable modem revenue, which forced CCTV to slash its budget by $140,000---nearly 18% of its total. In addition, the... read more
August 7, 2003 - 8:16pm CCTV is excited to present nine new productions by our Summer Media Institute participants! Since July 7th, twelve teenagers from the Mayor?s Summer Youth Employment Program have been learning about the media, digital storytelling, and video and website production. They first produced digital stories on affordable housing in Cambridge as small groups. For the past two weeks, the youth have been working on personal projects which reflect different issues that they care about in their neighborhood. The final products will be shown at our screening on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 5:30 PM at CCTV. Light refreshments will be served after the screening. The digital video projects as well as the participants? webpages are also on our SMI website. Join us at our screening and check us out on the web! read more
July 27, 2003 - 3:28pm read more