MSJC student TV show discovers treasures of the Inland Empire

December 8, 2015

See also: MSJC class shines spotlight on Inland Empire (Press-Enterprise)

A new TV show created by students at Mt. San Jacinto College will air Dec. 14 and highlight Riverside and San Bernardino counties. 

With camera crews rolling at popular railroad museums in Perris and Riverside, the student filmmakers completed the first episode for the show “Inland Treasures.”

This semester, instructor David Parrott challenged his students to research, script, film, and edit their own half-hour-long TV show as a class project.

The demanding yet fulfilling task rivaled anything his students might encounter someday working for a production or film company.

“I believe audiences will be amazed by the professionalism and the cinematic touches they’ll experience while watching the show’s first episode, `For the Love of Trains’,’’ said Parrott. “My students did a truly outstanding job.”

In addition to his teaching duties, Parrott also acts as host for the new TV show.

As a leading educational institution in Inland Empire, MSJC offers students real-world experience to enhance their learning in the classroom.

Exploring the IE

For students like Angela Petersen, 40, of San Jacinto, the Video Production 2 class became a laboratory for exploring her multi-media skills.

After storyboarding and working out a scene, Petersen and Parrott collaborated on just the right shot angle and voice inflection to draw viewers into the video.

During several months of shooting, Petersen became more and more passionate about her role directing and framing shots for her segment of the class video.

“Too often we live in an area and just take it for granted,” she said. “We say, `I’ll go there one day,’ but we never seem to get to it. With `Inland Treasures,’ people will be inspired to take those journeys.”

After months of hard work, the release of Episode 1 (“For the Love of Trains”) is fast approaching.

If you’re a Verizon Customer, tune in and check out the video at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 on FIOS Channel 45, a public access channel. After that, the show will air on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. on the same FIOS channel. Residents of the Pass area can see Inland Treasures on Time Warner channel 26.105

Each semester, students in the video class will create a new, full-length episode of “Inland Treasures.” And in an effort to reach a broad audience, MSJC is also exploring other online opportunities, like the college website, to bring viewers this unique content experience.

On location in the “Empire”

The students focused on two locales for their debut show: the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris and Riverside Live Steamers in Riverside.

The Orange Empire Railway Museum sits on 90 acres and is home to more than 200 historic railway cars and locomotives. Riverside Live Steamers is located on 40 acres and each year delights about 20,000 passengers by offering rides on miniature steam locomotive trains.

Spotlight on the region

For Parrott, who has spent nearly a half-century in the Inland Empire, the TV show will shine a positive light on a region that he grew up in and loves so much.

“I’ve seen it grow, I’ve seen it change,” he said. “And we have so much to offer in the Inland Empire.”

Indeed, Parrot has a long list of great getaways right in our own backyard. One of his personal favorites is riding the Santa Ana River bike trail that winds its way from Redlands all the way to Huntington Beach. Other favorites include the famed Mission Inn in Riverside and Joshua Tree National Park.

Parrott is busy searching for special places with stories to tell about the “Empire.” So if you’ve got a show idea about our region, contact the host of “Inland Treasures” at

A group of Mt. San Jacinto College students are becoming aspiring filmmakers with a program to debut on December 14th thanks to the Video Production 2 class at MSJC.

Mt. San Jacinto College instructor Dave Parrott interviews Trolley Operator, Brice Brummett (left), and his dad, Rick Brummett, inside an trolley at Orange Empire Railway Museum for an episode of the student production of “Inland Treasures.”