By MICHAEL BERRY Tower Writer
Mr. Dumas often takes time to talk about having connections and being able to utilize them to the fullest extent, as he’s worked with several companies and productions building a rapport and credibility.
Do you ever wonder how you’re able to stream a live game that’s happening hours away? Here at Bethany College, Joseph Dumas is the man behind the magic. He leads the BCTV Department here at Bethany College where student leaders stream games, events, and much more. Kevin Thomas, one of the student leaders, sat down with Mr. Dumas for a brief interview. They talked briefly on web streaming and personal experiences. Mr. Dumas shared experiences like working all around the world and on different platforms.
I’ve personally worked with Mr. Dumas myself several times. From every interaction and conversation, I learned something new, as well as easier ways to do things. The most recent event was the 2018 Freshmen Orientation. This was my first outdoor experience and I was working on camera 1, which means that I was controlling the main camera. With Camera 1 in place, there were also 2 more cameras laid out perfectly around the ceremony. He explained to us the shots that he was looking for from each of us. While streaming the event, the sun gave us some problems because of how bright it was. Mr. Dumas told us not to panic and proceeded to show us a very simple way to resolve the problem. He also explained how to refocus on an object if the camera loses focus.
This example shows how easy it is to work with a man as knowledgeable as Mr. Dumas. He often times tell stories and reminisces about previous work experience which always seem to be significant. He’s personally shared with me that he’s worked on the Soul Train production which, in its day, was a major production and event. It’s always good to have that wisdom in your corner when being a student at a College. In the video, he talked about students that would come to him just to sit around and learn the things that would eventually set them up to ultimately be successful.
For this article, I sat down with a few students of Mr. Dumas and asked for their personal insight on their experience. Bethanian Trey Shifflet is in his junior year here at Bethany and is also a Communication major. He can recall times where Mr. Dumas would speak on working major events like the NBA playoff games, as well as the NBA Finals. This is a major event for basketball fans all over the country; even all over the world in certain areas. He also recalls stories from Mr. Dumas’ early part to his career, where he worked the Olympic Games. Much like myself, Mr. Dumas helped Tre with learning the camera.
“He taught me how to efficiently set up and breakdown the camera and all its parts.” Tre added.
I also caught up with Jalen Heckstall. Jalen is also in his junior year here at Bethany and he too is a Communication major. Jalen also has his own testimonial on Mr. Dumas and the amount of knowledge that he’s poured into him about the camera. Although Mr. Dumas has worked in the TV department, he is multi-skilled as well as intelligent. Jalen recalls a time where Mr. Dumas helped him to learn the Arrakis Software, which encompasses all the switches and technical things behind the scenes. Often times this system is used for the radio side of our Communication majors here at Bethany.
“The more you know the more useful you can be is something I would always hear him say” Jalen said.