The Adventures of PCA Production

Producing video work for television is a daunting task. There’s creativity required, something that can’t be obtained with the hardest of labor. On top of the imaginative abilities, you need to be able to write, find actors, film and edit, to put it simply.

Tasked with making a short series, my co-intern Christine and I looked at each other like lost puppies. While we had both previously dabbled in short film production, this time it was for TV, rather than the eyes of friends or classmates.

The destination for our short series is none other than Petaluma Community Access, a non-profit that broadcasts the submissions of its community members.

Aiming for something a little different, we settled on an idea for a show titled “Looking for the Luma.” Fortunately the show is turning out just as ridiculous as it sounds. Ridiculous in a good way that is. Ridiculously creative, ridiculously fun and ridiculously wacky.

“Looking for the Luma” is a story of an investigative journalist on the hunt for the Luma. As legend goes, you can pet a dog, you can pet a cat, but you can’t pet a Luma. In this mini-series, a determined journalist is not looking to pet the Luma, rather to be the first to report on it and catch it on film.

While being the first to report on the Luma could save their local newspaper, for this journalist it’s personal. He’s had a vendetta since his father was killed, allegedly murdered by the infamous Luma.

Will they catch the Luma? Will it be brought to justice? Will we ever know what the Luma looks like? You must stay tuned to PCA to find out.

Putting a show together is buckets of fun. Being a producer for a video series is as easy obtaining PCA’s inexpensive producer membership. They can lend you the equipment, show you how to use it, and you can even edit your work in PCA’s office.

Anyone interested in this opportunity should take advantage of it! You can even have your work broadcasted on television. So if you’re interested, gather your friends and squeeze out every ounce of creativity you have making a program for television. As an outsider recently diving into the world of PCA, I can tell you first hand that it’s an invaluable resource.

Petaluma’s Got Talent: Second Annual “Lumanarian Awards” to Toast Local PCA Television Producers

Dave Pokorny, 2011 Lumanarian Award Winner for Westside Stories

Petaluma citizens will get the chance to vote for their favorite locally-produced Petaluma Community Access (PCA) television programs during the Second Annual “Lumanarian Awards.”

Anyone can vote with no obligation by visiting in any or all of these six categories:

·       Religion & Spirituality

·       Local Politics & Social Advocacy

·       Petaluma Color & Culture

·       Cooking, Arts, & Entertainment

·       Education & Schools

·       PCA In House

One vote per person in each category is allowed. Voting is open September 1st and runs through September 30th.

“Voting for your favorite shows is a way of saying thank you for the great television our producers work so hard making for you to watch. You can keep the spirit of PCA alive this way—until you start making some television yourself!” says PCA Executive Director John Bertucci.

The winners will be announced and trophies awarded at the PCA annual members meeting on October 4th at 7:00 pm at the Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

“We’re happy to provide the opportunity to all citizens of greater Petaluma to cast their votes for their favorite PCA television shows,” adds PCA Board of Directors Vice-Chair Eric J. Adams. “The awards honor the best of home-grown videos on Petaluma Community Access television.”

PCA is a non-profit public access television station providing community, educational and governmental programming on Comcast cable channels 26, 27, and 28 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

Annual producer memberships start as low as $30 per year and include access to our video production equipment, editing stations, training and the guaranteed broadcast of your production. PCA is located in downtown Petaluma at 205 Keller Street, Suite 102. Call 707-773-3190 or email for more information.