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(Copy by Mel Boyd)
often define our members.
After serving his
time in the Air Force, including a year in Viet Nam, he took advantage
of the GI Bill and went back to get his education. Armed with creative
intent he signed on to KCRA, TV3 in 1970 starting as the delivery driver
while still attending college. He went on to serve as a floor director,
worked as a commercial grip with Bob Worthylake, was taught fast film
editing skills in the commercial film department with the late Paul
Boyte, and wrote commercials as an intern. He finished school with a
him a promotion
into the newsroom as the noon show editor. Shortly after he was given
a sound camera and worked as
When KCRA expanded
with the Kelley Entertainment Division and started the weekly “Weeknight”
feature show Mel jumped at the chance to do features which lasted for
8 years until it was replaced by “Entertainment Tonight”.
Electing not to go back to news he became an entrepreneur in 1983 with
his own production company, VideCam Productions (later On Line Productions),
which expanded rapidly to 6 full-time employees. The firm served five
Ad agencies and had numerous state contracts. After 7 years the company
had to fold due to
Determined to stay close to production he served as Director of Marketing and Video Production Manager, for of all places, Beutler Heating and Air Corporation keeping it the highest rated no. 1 HVAC company in northern California for over a decade.
His work there was distinguished by the creation and production of “Walk Through Video” a home owner maintenance educational video that was customized for each homebuilder for many local and national clients. In 2003 with a new opportunity, Mel returned to TV news as photographer/editor and ‘Live Truck’ operator for KMAX, TV 31 and KOVR, TV 13. After 5 years of crunch time with breaking news he decided to slow down the pace and start building production relationships with those making feature films.
He is now involved
in a comedy show to be broadcast on the internet and writing his first
movie script and of course freelancing with friends and worthy causes.
As a member of the Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter 500 he has created
a video now on YOUTUBE that is currently being in used in Washington
to obtain funds for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which
he himself has
His breadth of creative and technical experience made him an especially valued new member of the VBL Board in 2013.
last edited 11 Feb 2014