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RICK INTRODUCES THE CREW

 

Kevin Conrad
EDITOR

Kevin is a master editor, wicked wit, font of good ideas, reliable office mate and stupendous friend, with the useful skills of a smart handyman and the eyes of a hawk. He has worked at WQED for more than 25 years, and he’s the only person who has worked on all my major productions here. I couldn’t make these shows without him and his guiding sensibilities. He knows all of these shows by heart. His wife Jami understands when we have to work outrageous hours to meet deadlines, and the youngest of his four children, Morgan, is my goddaughter.

 

Matt Conrad
ASSISTANT EDITOR

Oh, people still think that Matt is Kevin Conrad’s brother or nephew or son, but they’re not related as far as we can tell. They just happen to have the same last name. Matt knows well these ancient computers we work on, and he toils long hours (often in the middle of the night) digitizing footage, stringing out interviews and logging all the shots. He started working with us in 2000, but it seems like he’s been part of our team forever (except when he can get to a Widespread Panic concert.)

 

 

Bob Lubomski
MASTER OF MANY ROLES

He shoots, he does audio, he lights, he drives, he talks baseball and movies and much about his favorite music. He’s worked on most of my shows since the late 1980s when I started at WQED, but he’s really an essential part of these national programs, sharing his vast range of travel experiences (and packing skills) gained on the National Geographic specials, a Penn State series on archeology in Central America, many Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood remote shoots, as well as worldly wisdom acquired while in the U.S. Army in Korea. He’s married to a nurse, M.J. Mance, and their house is an easy walk from my place in the close-in suburbs of Pittsburgh.

 

 

Buck Brinson
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Buck and I go way back. He and I met while we were both working for public TV in South Carolina in the late 1970s. He’s always been a fun-loving and artful cameraman, first in film and later in video. We worked together first on lots of tedious projects, paying our dues, and then in 1984, we worked closely together on a documentary film titled SHAG about the swing dance that had recently been named the “State Dance” of South Carolina. In 1986, we went to Australia for a month to cover the first Spoleto Arts Festival in Melbourne, and we also put together a goofy little travelogue called THE SLIGHTLY WACKY AUSSIE DOCO about our observations and adventures down under. The next year, I came to WQED in Pittsburgh and Buck eventually ended up in south Florida, but we remained friends and kept in touch, and in 1999, he was available to help shoot A HOT DOG PROGRAM and GREAT OLD AMUSEMENT PARKS, and we’ve been working together again ever since.

 

 

Minette Seate
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER


Minette knows how to get things done. She’s had a zillion different jobs at WQED from copywriter to on-camera film critic to executive producer, and she’s a great organizer, planner and traveler. I assume it’s not easy being the only woman on an often all-male crew, but she’s learned to tolerate all our foibles, and although she’s slim as a reed, she can eat as much as any of us. She’s worked on several of our local shows as well as A FLEA MARKET DOCUMENTARY, and although she’s moved on to bigger things, she claims she’ll be forever available for any long trips, especially if the next show takes us to Hawaii.

 

Jim Bruwelheide
AUDIO ENGINEER / LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jim Bruwelheide is a hard working guy who can be amazingly valuable on shoots because he is a wizard at such a variety of things. He is a careful and considerate audio man, he can provide just the right kind of light for a scene, he can shoot video, does still photography, and he has an inventor’s mind. He knows how to rig things. He can improvise camera mounts, he knows his way around computers, constructing websites and taking full advantage of the internet. A member of various crews for my shows since the late 80s, Jim also works in our studios. He builds furniture, scenery and sets, and if he knows your weaknesses, he has a masterful ability to set up unforgettable practical jokes, finding ingenious ways of making people feel uneasy and scared or guilty. He has a wonderful, wicked sense of humor.

 

 

Jarrett Buba
LIGHTING DESIGNER / AUDIO MAN

Jarrett Buba is somewhat of a newcomer to our crews, but he’s always eager, full of energy and ready to help set up lights, hold a boom pole, shade the lens, carry equipment, shoot mini-DV footage, drive the van, anything you ask. The nephew of legendary Pittsburgh filmmaker Tony Buba, Jarrett has shot and edited several of his own video documentaries, and he’s worked on many of the major feature films and TV shows that have been shot in and around Pittsburgh in recent years. He makes several cameo appearances in A PROGRAM ABOUT UNUSUAL BUILDINGS & OTHER ROADSIDE STUFF, walking in and out of the buildings when no one else was around.

 

Shawn Jackson – PMI
SOUND MIXER

When we’ve got the show edited, the music selected, and we’re ready to put it all together, we take the audio tracks to Shawn at PMI on First Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. He figures out how to make it sound consistent, intelligible and fun. Over the years we’ve worked together, Shawn has had several different hair styles and colors, but his ears have always been sharp and sensitive. We used to worry about being there in the studio with him, now we just come to deliver the audio and then return to listen to his mix. Changes are usually far and few between.

 

Paula Zetter
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Paula makes us all look good. She came to WQED a few years ago from KDKA TV2, and I quickly learned that she has a true talent for giving a show a striking graphic character. She scans historic photos into the computer and makes all the necessary “camera moves.” She puts together the credits, the opening sequence, and if there’s any animation, she’s responsible for that too. For this show, she also designed the poster and the press materials, and she works really fast. We try to be nice and give her more than one hour to get it all done.

 

 

Joan Guerin
WEB DESIGNER

This is the first time I’ve worked with Joan who’s been at WQED only a few months, but she’s made this site work, redesigned our graphics to fit this medium, and she has such enthusiasm about this project and all its many possibilities, that I hope we’ll work together often on upcoming projects.

 

 
 


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