NCTV Talk: Screenplays set for summer shoots |

NCTV Talk: Screenplays set for summer shoots

It’s summer and it’s a hot time to make a movie in Grass Valley or Nevada City.

For the past several weeks, Nevada County Television’s Thru the Lens 2017 screenplay contest winners have become auteurs (a movie industry term for a filmmaker who is involved with all aspects of the creative process), assembling their crew and cast, scouting locations, and making adjustments to scripts. Two filmmakers, Donna Cobb, the author of “Pink Power,” and Mila Johansen, the author of “Lost and Found,” completed filmmaking and have moved on to the editing process.

For the next several columns, leading up to our Red Carpet Gala premier on Oct. 1 at the historic Del Oro Theatre, we will highlight the screenplay contest winners-turned-filmmakers. In this month’s column, we put Karen Busse, author of “Legacy of Love,” under the spotlight.

Busse is a photographer, who has done photography work for local theater companies and area filmmakers. “Legacy of Love is her first filmmaking venture. Busse has recruited local videographers/digital media wizards, Brendan Brooks (writer/director of 2015s screenplay contest winner-turned film “Today”) and former NCTV board president Jim Heck for her production team. Brooks is her director of photography and Heck is assisting on camera. Busse also has cast local thespian Sarah Noah (know for her work in Legacy Productions such a “A Christmas Carol” and “Scrooge”) in the film, along with Halli Ally Ellis-Edwards from NEO.

“Halli is co-founder of NEO and an important leader and role model to youth in our community,” says Busse. “Legacy of Love” has a plot line that revolves around mysterious floral plantings … with a twist.

“I’ve never made so many trips to the dollar store to buy flowers,” Busse said, “lots and lots of flowers!” Busse has plunged into her executive producer role with gusto.

“It’s crazy busy,” Busse said, “We haven’t even begun filming yet!” At the time of this writing, Busse was assembling her props and cleaning her house. “It’s one of the locations!”

In other news, station manager and executive director Ramona Howard continues to supervise the summer “Public Access Project,” a complete studio remodel and equipment revamp at NCTV’s space at the Green Screen Institute at 104 New Mohawk in Nevada City. Howard has also started a “Meet Up” group titled “Nevada County All Things Digital.” This group meets the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. For more info, contact Ramona Howard at:

NCTV welcomes local programming. Our public access programming is seen on Comcast Channel 11 and Suddenlink Channel 16. County and city government meetings are found on Channels 17 (Comcast) and 18 (Suddenlink). We also have offer educational programming on Comcast Channel 18. If you do not have cable, our programming is available to view on our website at

For additional questions about NCTV events or programming, email: or or call 530-272-8862. NCTV offices are open 1-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Friday.

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