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WTCI will be featuring two popular specials this Sunday, November 30 beginning at 5 p.m. as part of WTCI’s membership drive: Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey Holiday SpeCIAL at 5 p.m. and Great Scenic Railway Journeys at 7 p.m. Tickets to Celtic Woman’s Nashville, Atlanta and Knoxville shows will be available during the program, and WTCI will have Robert Van Camp, the producer of Great Scenic Railway Journeys, live in the studio.
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Great Scenic Railway Journeys
As president and CEO of Wide Eye Productions Inc. in Winston-Salem, Robert Van Camp has firsthand knowledge about just how stiff that competition is.
"You don't just jump out there," he
says, "because someone will steal your ideas right away."
As an Emmy award-winning producer, Van Camp has come up with his share of good ideas.
Nationally recognized for his
movie-making "eye," his
programs tend to appeal to both national audiences and industry professionals.
And while more than 50 percent of his
business is in creating independent documentaries for national networks, Van Camp
remains a realistic businessman.
The high-profile broadcast alone won't pay all his
has carved out a niche for himself in the corporate promotional video market with Triad companies
By maintaining a stable of both local and national clients, Van Camp
has diversified his
base of business so that no one setback will shut him down.
even edits a weekly church program.
"I did a lot of work for Wachovia before the merger (with First Union in 2001), and I haven't worked with them in two years," he says.
"But I don't rely on just a local or regional work base."
Wide Eye Productions North Carolina
Behind the camera
A former television producer and photojournalist for WFMY News 2
, the local CBS affiliate based in Greensboro, Van Camp
own production company in 1993.
"I didn't see a future working for other people anymore," he
"I thought if I didn't get out early enough, I would never get out."
So Van Camp
started free-lancing two days a week and offering his
services to local corporations.
produced internal training and promotional videos.
Keeping costs low is particularly important to Van Camp's
nonprofit clients, including the YMCA and Goodwill Industries
creates high-end productions whether clients have budgets of $5,000 or $50,000.
With this type of approach to business, Van Camp
gradually generated and saved enough money to buy his own equipment and move the company out of his house and to its current location on Martin Street.
With seven Emmy awards and 27 nominations to his
name, Van Camp
has created a successful and profitable company.
has three projects in production and four in the works.
travels the country promoting videos for public television fund drives.
Last month he
was in Grand Rapids, Mich., promoting Great Scenic Railway Journeys
, one of his
most popular and successful shows.
"Rob has an excellent sense of what makes an interesting story to the viewers," Carrie Corbin, Grand Rapid's WGVU TV's program manager, says.
"My philosophy has always been don't overextend," Van Camp
"I'm very conservative when it comes to risk-taking and having a lot of debt out there.
I have no debt.
When I buy it, I buy it outright."
That can be a challenge when television and editing equipment runs in the $100,000 range.
But upgrading equipment keeps Van Camp
ahead of the competition, an invaluable distinction, he
For example, until recently, he was the only high definition television producer in the Triad.
produces shows for the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox
, it's imperative that his
equipment is on par with his
New York and California colleagues.
"I am able to offer cutting-edge technology," he
"We have the technology and talent and can offer it to local clients at a reasonable rate.
They don't have to pay for the big New York firm to come into town."
But technology is only one part of the equation.
eye for emotion is what many clients say bring them back.
The premiere at 8 p.m. will ...
The premiere at 8 p.m. will coincide with UNC's Festival fundraiser, with producer Robert Van Camp and Grammy Award-winning musician and storyteller David Holt, who hosts the program, appearing live in the studio during breaks.
The show and the series were the concept of producer Robert C. Van Camp, whose goal is to draw attention not only to the need to preserve our steam railway heritage, but also our public television system.
The documentary is airing on PBS stations nationwide; Van Camp travels across the U.S. appearing on many of their fundraisers.
last show, 'Celebrating 175 Years of the American Railroad,' received three Emmy Awards and has raised more than $3.5 million for PBS stations.
love for both public television and the history of railroads dates back to his
has fond memories of watching children's programming like 'Zoom' and the 'Electric Company' on the Boston PBS station, WGBH, while growing up in the historic town of Concord, Mass.
remembers vividly a summer vacation trip to the North Carolina Mountains and visiting Tweetsie Railroad with his
family when he
was 4 years old.
still has the family photo of his
brother and sister with him in the cab of the engine.
At the time, Van Camp was a fledgling documentarian who had begun his career as a television news photojournalist and producer at WBTV in Charlotte. 'I can't tell you how much that job helped me get to where I am today.
I was working at the best station in the southeast.
We had all the latest equipment and the most experienced staff.
I learned so much from those folks -- how to shoot, produce and edit.
Some years later, after also being a producer at WFMY in Greensboro, Van Camp began to feel the limitations of television news. 'I longed for the chance to tell the whole story, in a long format, not just in one-and-a-half-minute news segments,' he recalls.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railway documentary became the first in a series of railroad shows, as well as several local and regional programs like 'Keeping the Faith,' a documentary on Old Salem, and 'Blurred Lines,' about the tragedies resulting from drunk driving.
Along the way, Van Camp
has garnered 10 Emmy Awards and 41 Emmy nominations. 'Who would have thought that a little documentary about the Great Smoky Mountain Railway in North Carolina would have led to a career of making programs chronicling the men and women that preserve these living relics,' Van Camp
already has more plans in the works for further installments of 'Great Scenic Railway Journeys.' In March and April, he
will film historic railways in New Zealand for a documentary scheduled to be released at the end of the year.
In June he
will film a one-hour documentary about the Royal Canadian Pacific railroad, known as the world's most luxurious train, and another one-hour show about the 'Gold Rush' train of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad.
Great Scenic Railway Journeys - Article: Great Scenic Railway Journeys Receives 3 Emmy Awards
Robert Van Camp
Television producer Robert Van Camp received three Emmy Awards at the National Academy of Arts and Sciences' Midsouth Region ceremony in Nashville on Saturday, Jan. 24.
Out of nine nominations, Van Camp
was awarded three -- for photographer, video editor and writer/producer -- for a promotional spot.
The awards are in the Advanced Media category, which was offered by the Academy for the first time this year.
The spot can be viewed at www.gsrj.com and is used by PBS stations nationwide to promote "Celebrating North America's Steam Railways," Van Camp's
The full show, which is being shown on PBS stations nationwide, will next air on UNC-TV on Feb. 23 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the station's fund-raising "Festival.
Camp will appear live on air during breaks in the show.
"Celebrating North America's Steam Railways" explores the rich history of steam engines and the impact they had on the growth of the United States and Canada - geographically, culturally and economically.
Only a few steam engines remain operational, painstakingly and lovingly preserved by a dedicated army of mostly volunteers scattered throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The show visits 18 historic railways in locations as diverse as Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, New Mexico and New Hampshire.
, the show's creator and producer, has received a total of 13 Emmy Awards and 50 nominations during his
began the "Great Scenic Railway
Journeys" series in 1994.
Many PBS stations across the U.S. show the programs during their membership drives; Van Camp
frequently appears on air during program breaks.
last show, "Celebrating 175 Years of the American Railroad," received three Emmys and helped raise more than $3.5 million for PBS stations.
In 2007 the Great Scenic Railway Journeys series was picked up by the Travel Channel UK, which broadcasts throughout Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and the Asia Pacific.
love for both public television and the history of railroads dates back to his
has fond memories of watching children's programming like "Zoom" and the "Electric Company
" on the Boston PBS station, WGBH, while growing up in the historic town of Concord, Mass.
also remembers vividly a summer vacation trip to the North Carolina Mountains and Tweetsie Railroad as a young child.
" 'Celebrating North America's Steam Railways' gave me an opportunity not only to further help the mission of preserving our railway history, but also to help PBS stations throughout the U.S.," Van Camp
"The wonderful thing about public television is that the public has a say in what they want to see.
It is not subject to the whims of advertisers.
There is truly something on public television for everyone, all on one network."
Before founding his
own company, Van Camp
was a television news photographer/ producer for the Winston-Salem bureau of WFMY News 2.
first railroad show, about the Great Smoky Mountain Railway in North Carolina, aired in 1994.
Founder and owner, Robert Van Camp, with his wife, Jillian, just after receiving three Emmys out of his recent nine nominations.