Driving into livestreaming with ‘The Steering Committee’

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steering-committee-promo-picA growing intrigue with Facebook Live inspired me to conceive “The Steering Committee,” an hourlong talk show on the Twin Cities arts scene taking place entirely from my car.

I drive to the artists’ studios or workplaces, open my car door to them, and we talk about their work while driving to pick up the next artist. This is a four-camera, four-mic production, and I handle all the mixing and camera-switching on the fly (usually while parked). If all goes well, by the end of the hour, I’ve interviewed three distinct artists, started some crosstalk in the car and taken comments and questions from people watching online without causing an accident.

I produced four episodes during fall 2016 am happy with how this show looks and works. Here’s one of the complete episodes.

I won’t continue producing “The Steering Committee” through Facebook, which rewards short and distracted attention spans and is the wrong platform for an extended interview program. I’ll look into YouTube’s livestreaming capabilities and relaunch the show in early 2017.