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Featured MCM Volunteer Janar

It has been said many times before, but no matter how many times it has been said, it has still not been said often enough; This concept of public access television would not be possible at all, without the dedication, experience, sacrifice, time and efforts of the many volunteers, especially here at Montgomery Community Media.

Every producer here, field OR studio, will have to agree that is hard sometimes to find people who are willing to sacrifice their free evenings, Saturdays and Sundays to help out a Public Access Television Producer who very often has nothing more to offer but their own dream, sometimes accompanied by a delivered pizza and a soda.

Studio Camera Techs, Field Camera Techs, Field Editors, Studio Lighting Technicians, Sound Engineers, CG Engineers, Studio Directors, Teleprompter Operator, Crew Supervisors and the list goes on. So many people work on only a few minutes of television, so many volunteers give up that lazy chair and family time, just to help others to put their dreams on television. They get up at the crack of dawn, operate the camera in the freezing cold or blistering heat, take after take, after take. These are people who are in it for the love of making television, people who invest their own money in training and classes to become certified in what they love to do.

Janar during the shoot of Lip Gloss & A  Sander

Janar during the shoot of Lip Gloss & A Sander

Producers like myself, try to build a pool of their usual, most dependable crew members and I feel I can never thank them enough for their help and commitment to my productions. For this feature I would like to single out the very talented fellow Field Producer, Field camera technician and Field Editor FCP Janar (pron. Jay-nar). She has been on my crew for several months for various projects. She brings professionalism to the set, as well as a keen eye for detail, great work ethics and such a great personality. I know that praising her for her skills and personality will increase the chance of other producers fighting to have her on their crew, but I also know she will maintain her professionalism in her choice of projects she will work on, so if you want Janar on your crew, you had better bring your A-game.

Please check out one of Janar’s biggest projects, a documentary about a blind body builder called “Blind Lifter” at

Thanks to people like Janar, Producers at Montgomery Community Media have a greater chance of succeeding in bringing their television dreams into a wonderfull reality.

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About Robert Snip

Robert Snip is originally from the Netherlands, and is now living and working in Montgomery County. He became interested in MCM at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in August 2011, after which he signed up for certification as a Field Camera Technician and Field Producer. Since then he has worked on more than a dozen productions as a camera technician, crew manager, floor director, video director and Final Cut Pro editor, for which he received MCM certification in May 2012. His first production, the Messiah Sing Along was awarded an Honorable mention at the 2012 Monty Awards, after which he produced the National Christian Choir at First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg. In 2014 he has been working as the Executive Producer for the award winning TV series Lip Gloss & a Sander. Currently Robert is working as Producer and Director for On the Edge of Time, a documentary series on a woman and her journey with cancer, and for Kids With Learning Power, a children's show to be launched Fall of 2015. Robert is the author of the MyMcMedia blog The World of Volunteering at MCM.


One Response to “Featured MCM Volunteer Janar”

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    On July 24, 2013 at 10:22 am responded with... #

    It is great to have both of you part of MCM. Your dedication makes our jobs worthwhile. Thank you.

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