Second Year Blog!

I’ve moved from this blog space to a new one for the new academic year.

You can find this new blog at lukecollinsyr2.wordpress.com

Thanks to anyone who followed me this year, I love it if you’d consider following me on my new blog 🙂

 

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TV Broadcast- Assessment Post 4

I’ll admit I was slightly skeptical about this module when we first started. Television has never massively interested me compared to film but ultimately I have found this module very enjoyable on the whole. I think I was lucky to be in a very hard working group that made what could have been an especially stressful task a pleasure to work through.
I was thrilled to be given the chance to direct, I love giving myself new challenges and I think I embraced this opportunity. I have directed short films before but never in a TV studio. I think I could have found a new vocation working in the TV studio, and hopefully my group would agree! That being said with such a committed group it made the direction a breeze.

On a personal note my on-going mission to conquer my stammer has made lots of progress during this module. This time last year the thought of talking through headsets would have instantly put me off directing, but with new found confidence I fluently spoke and ran the show. That’s a big deal for me.
Outside the TV studio I think the module has made me more aware of the current media climate, and the sort of world I’m stepping into. The media is an ever evolving entity, and this module has taught me that having an adapt or get left behind attitude could be the key to having a successful career in the field I love.

TV Broadcast- Assessment Post 3

I loved my role as Director for Weird and Wonderful. I think have improved professionally in a number of ways. Throughout the year I feel as if I have grown in confidence, and this module gave me the opportunity to grow further still. I came to the course knowing that if I wanted to be successful I couldn’t hide away from responsibility or my own insecurities but face them head on. I’m happy to say I believe I have achieved that so far.

In previous modules group sizes rarely exceeded 6 or 7 people, so to be Director of a group of 15 was a challenge at first. I didn’t focus on the pressure too much though, looking back now if I had messed up my role it would have impact on 14 other people’s grades. I think I would have stayed away from that responsibility this time last year, my communication skills are constantly improving since I arrived here, and talking into headsets etc would have held me back a year ago.

I also think the role has improved my knowledge of the structure of a television show. I know that fluidity is vital, and improves the viewing experience drastically. I have also learnt the value of planning, especially when it comes to recording live television. In a lot of respects we got lucky, as we only secured an interview the night before the final record day. I believe a lot of this is down to the Easter break, it stripped a lot of the momentum from the group but this couldn’t be helped, and every other group also had this issue.

I think on the whole directing has increased my people skills, planning skills, my editing knowledge and above all my confidence.

TV Broadcast- Assessment Post 2

In contemporary television it’s never enough for the show to just broadcast the programme. There is now more work put into into audience participation than ever before, with Social Networking especially. This links heavily to Manovich’s theory of Hybrid Forms. Manovich believes the media is being forces to hybridise to survive in the ever changing media climate, and I’d say this has been reflected in our TV programme and websites. In Weird and Wonderful we promoted audience participation by encouraging people to tweet in with their talents and reading out some tweets that we genuinely received from our audience before the show aired. Also our Facebook page meant the audience could follow us throughout the process of development. Furthermore on my website I have uploaded our programme. Modern audiences have many different options when it comes to media usage, and often that means watching TV online. Every major channel/service has on demand and catch up services, why should Net TV be any different?

Transmedia also had a part to play in our tv show. We asked on facebook for the audience to vote for what challenge they wanted to see, and in doing so they had a direct impact on the show. This is an example of transmedia because it is a different method of inclusion for the audience, and in the past the audience were much more passive and would just accept whatever was broadcast to them. In today’s more active and aware audience, participation is vital to create a successful show.

 

TV Broadcast- Assessment Post 1

I was keen to be involved in the development process from day one of the module. I was active from the beginning, and even more so when I was cast in the role of director. I had a say in the visual side of things, such as set design, lighting etc. Although I had lots of great help from other members of the group, as Director a lot of the time the final say came down to my decision. This responsibility was made much easier by the very active members of the group.

I found directing a good rewarding role in the production, but I think the part that stands out as where my contributions were most important is the end show performance. I always had a clear vision for the performance at the end of the show. I wanted there to be a seperate stage space, so we could dedicate parts of the set to Sam’s performance. This worked well as it allowed us to make full use of the space available in the studio, and I think to any watching who hasn’t been in there before it would look bigger than reality, a look most magazine shows strive to achieve using camera tricks. Also, I pushed for fairy lights in the set design, because I thought they would have a nice tranquil bokeh effect to the zoomed in camera angles.

With our artist in place I began thinking about camera angles. I wanted to keep the image moving as much as I could to go along with the slow melodic nature of the song. I think I achieved this by actively communicating with the camera operators throughout the performance. For example, I tell camera 2 to begin zooming a few seconds before I intend to switch. All three camera operators knew exactly what they had to do and over the course of the module they seemed to remember every last shot I gave them. I also wanted to incorporate the fader into the shots, and in truth I think we may have over used this feature, however I was very pleased with the overall outcome of the sequence. To finish off I decided to have Sam continue to play over the credits because I’d picked that up from other Magazine shows, I believed it adds another level of smoothness to the show.

Aswell I directing I shot and edited some of the VT’s. I created the opening titles which I admit aren’t the best at all, but I have no experience in graphic design whatsoever! I shot and edited the cracker challenge VT, and made a behind the scenes promo for the show.

 

Weird and Wonderful Wix Website

I have finally finished the website to accompany the TV show.

I’m pleased with the outcome overall, and I’ve managed to incorporate many features that I see on other TV websites.

Features such as episode catch up, behind the scenes photos, promo videos and a meet the presenter section.

Also, keeping in line with the theme of audience participation I have included a link to show’s twitter.

 

 

Record Day Reflection

After a many hours slaving away in the TV studio we have finally recorded our final show.

 

On the whole I was pleased with the final record. Everybody knew exactly what they were doing and every single person in the group performed their role to perfection. I was anxious going into the record because on the last practice session I wanted to do an “as live” run through but due to circumstances with our interviewee’s this wasn’t possible. Thankfully after a couple of run throughs we seemed to iron out any creases in the show and record a couple of takes.

The first take was let down by me switching off during the interview and forgetting when to cut etc, because the section before the interview was disjointed by the presenters getting lines muddled up. Also there was confusion surrounding when the leaderboard VT was to play. However, it’s unfair to blame the presenters, as the face of the programme they had arguably the hardest job in the studio, and they weren’t particularly willing to take on the role at first! But everyone in the group was very thankful for their hard work in the end.

With the first take not going to plan, there was added pressure on the second take. I think the added pressure helped though, because the group seemed to be much more focused. The presenters rarely stumbled on there lines, but this is a fact of live tv. As I said earlier everyone got their job exactly right and the ending result is a very smooth and polished TV show.

Watching the recording back I would have definitely done a few things differently given the chance, but that’s the perfection in me speaking. I think I was a bit too heavy on the fader during the performance. I also think in general I would try to incorporate a wider variety of shots into the show, we tended to stick to mid shots outside the final performance. I was very keen at first to have the cameras move around the studio a bit more, creating tracking shots but the wheels on the camera stands aren’t the smoothest and aren’t designed for smooth movement during records, but instead movement for storage etc.

Although there are a few elements I’d change I think everyone in the group has the right to be proud of the final show, because it was everyone’s first time in a TV production and the final outcome is definitely on par with very late night TV if you delve deep enough into the Sky TV guide!