PBS’s Painting & Travel Adds to its Creative Palette
27 March 2015

Roger Bansemer knew he wanted to be an artist since childhood. The mostly self-taught painter has honed his craft over the decades. After watching shows on PBS geared towards painting, Bansemer felt he could develop a show, but needed the technology, crew, time, and money. With the encouragement of his wife, Sarah, Bansemer bought everything he needed for a first episode. Together, they created Painting and Travel with Roger and Sarah Bansemer , which was accepted to PBS after a long and arduous journey.

The series follows the Bansemers as they travel and paint on location, explore the area, and meet the locals. Now, in its eighth season, Painting and Travel can be seen on 175 local PBS stations nationwide. “We shoot, edit, caption, and take care of all the details involved with handing over our series to PBS,” says Bansemer. An entire 13 episode season is produced before handing the series over to PBS. Bansemer relies on Sony Vegas Pro and Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) to edit and add the finishing touches.

Recently, on a last-minute trip to Costa Maya, Mexico, the Bansemers decided to forgo their professional cameras in lieu of a few smaller, lighter cameras, in the off chance an opportunity to paint presented itself. It did, but under less than ideal circumstances. The beach was extremely windy. One camera was tape to a shelter Bansemer was painting under. The other camera was set up along a seawall, but the plastic case was not tight enough against the lens, leaving a soft image. “BCC Magic Sharp really saved the entire program for us,” comments Bansemer. “Without it, the entire shoot would have been scrapped. Plus, when used in conjunction with BCC Noise Reduction, it produced an amazing result.”

Bansemer also uses BCC to add small touches to his clips, such as using the BCC Glitter filter to create a dreamy effect over a lighthouse or adding BCC Rain to create the illusion of consistency. “I always start with the presets. They are a big time saver,” states Bansemer. “It just simplifies the process. I often find a preset that will do the job without having to tweak it further.”

Much like his painting, Bansemer’s foray into tv producing takes the self-taught route. “When we first had the idea to do a series, we knew absolutely nothing about producing a show for tv,” notes Bansemer. “I got the package of specs from PBS and was dumbfounded by all the tech stuff I was supposed to know and follow. I kept posting questions on the Sony Vegas forum and John Rofrano (Senior VASST and Boris TV trainer) took pity and offered to finish editing the first few seasons of the show. Without his patient help, we would have never gotten on the air.” Soon Bansemer took over the editing helm himself, watching Boris TV tutorials to keep him up to speed. “Being an artist first, I like painting,” concludes Bansemer. “Painting and filming on camera is a challenge but rewarding. Editing with all that material is really magic.”