Despite lack of equipment,
SVN up and running
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff
When members of the Student Video Network
set out in search of filmmaking equipment, one wouldn't have thought the
program would prosper as much as it has. It has three short films lined
up for Saturday and plans to consistently run at least three shows per
The short films, created by UH students,
are University Fighting Center, Students of the Corn and The Mad Cow Project
and will air on the Houston Media Source on channel 17 (18 for Cambridge
Oaks residents) at 9:30 p.m., 10:13 p.m. and 10:29 p.m. respectively.
While SVN chairman Jason Ugorji, a media
communications major, awaits the finances to replace equipment lost to
Tropical Storm Allison and for storage
space from SVN, he and SVN members continue
to collaborate with HMS.
"Technically, we're supposed to have a
studio and equipment of our own," Ugorji said. "But in the meantime, we
air student productions on cable, which is kind of
like a substitute until we get our own
things up and going."
HMS provides UH students with equipment
and also allots them airtime. The student productions are also shown on
UH campus television.
When SVN meets the students' equipment
needs, Ugorji plans on maintaining a relationship with HMS.
"Once we get SVN up, which is only on campus,
I want to continue putting our UH productions on cable and see what happens,"
SVN has no say in where the programs air
at this moment due to the fact that the students are not using SVN equipment.
If or when students are given a studio
and resources that enable filmmaking, Ugorji plans to evaluate the policies
to ensure the student program will continue to
benefit from the exposure HMS provides.
"One of the problems we were having is
that there are only 3,000 students living on campus and UH has 35,000,
so there were a lot of students who don't have
access to information about things going
on around campus," he said.
Ugorji, who is also an intern at the cable
access channel, feels the opportunity will provide students with an accessible,
"The goal of what we're trying to do with
this program is inform and entertain the students," Ugorji said. "This
is a chance for students to literally just go home and
watch what's going down on campus."
The program is working on two projects,
Cougar Hype and Word of Mouth, both of which will focus on Ugorji's ideas
regarding UH students.
The program also intends to encourage more
students to submit their own work. Writing, directing and even acting ideas
can be proposed at the SVN meetings.
The next SVN meeting will be at 3:30 p.m.
today in the Student Program Board room of the University Center Underground.