Multi-Camera Production Evaluation (Final, Proof read & spellchecked)
I had various tasks to meet the brief which took forward and pre-production planning. The brief states that the show will be 30 minutes long and also which 15 minutes has to be live content. My role within this Unit was the VT Operator. This means I had to put together 15 minutes of Live show which includes videos of what other students have created which are their music videos. What I did was I put together the chosen videos and created an opening/out montage containing the music videos for the show which was discussed by the presenters and Director. So for this part of the Brief I had to work on the 15 minutes of the pre-recorded to meet the brief. I also had to relate this back to 14-20 year olds as this is the shows target audience. For this part of the brief I had to think about what the target audience want to see in a montage and also the type of song choice. My tasks during this unit were creating the Opening montage which contains the four chosen music videos with the ident, make the music videos 2 minutes long each except for the last video which will be 3 minutes as itâ€™s the chosen video of the week. I also had to create an out-montage which shows the videos for next week, and I had to create the master script which is everyone's script in one. These were my tasks and I managed to complete them in time.
I think the Final production of Trap star went well and meets the requirements of the brief as the brief states that the show has to be targeted at 14-20 year olds and it clearly does as: • The presenters were dressed in modern teenage clothes • Included Audience interaction such as Rate n Slate were they can get in touch with the show • Had guests on the show which were in this age range • Also included videos and pre-recorded action to keep the audience entertained The shows also included videos which were the music videos and the montage, had reviews on what they think of todays music news, interviews which were of two guests from the music videos and also audience interaction such as letting them get in touch with the show and have there say. The final production also meets the brief as the show was based in the studio. The only time the show was not being shot in the studio was the beginning when the two presenters are walking to the studio presenting the show and announce what's on todays show. Also the brief states that it has to be a multi-camera production and which it was as there were multiple cameras being operated.
Overall I think the production team functioned very well and that we produced a good live show as communication went well in the end and before there were a few problems. In rehearsal we found that when it came to the end of the VT, the presenters did not have enough time to get ready for the next part of the show, this was because of my communication with the Director which he translates to the floor manager which he then warns the presenters how long. This was later resolved as I then wrote down the timings for each video and I noted how long was left for each video making it easier for me and everyone else as this is early preparation. The team work was also good as it came to rehearsal and recording everyone worked well together with clear instructions given out, communication between the director and the people inside the studio and on the live stage. There was team work during the rehearsal between the studio and the live stage as we had minor issues to over come and this was resolved by communication and team work.
My role which was the VT operator involves working with a programme and queuing videos which are being played on the live show. To successfully do this role, you are expected to have everything pre-pared such as equipment/Videos, good communication skills for when counting down, good knowledge with computers and other equipment you will be using. I believe I met all these requirements to a professional level during the live show and the rehearsals. My main strengths were to respond quickly to when to queue the VT as in rehearsal the presenters skipped a music video and was a video ahead of me, here I managed to quickly change videos in time and managed to make the show run smoothly. My other strength I believe was creating the montages as I think they gave an insight on what the show will be about and what next weeks show holds. I met these expectations by rehearsing and re-doing these things till I got them right and this showed through the live run through.
During the live show rehearsal I could have been more clearer and louder when counting down the VT. It became clear as my notes were not precise and did not tell me the right time to count down which then made the show look unprofessional and unsmooth as presenters were not getting the correct time to queue. I had improved on this during rehearsals and I could see that the show was running smoothly. Another improvement I think I could adapt on is The difficulties I had during the rehearsals were queuing the VT in time for the vision mixer to fade it in. This was a bit of a problem for both of us as sometimes I would queue it late or the vision mixer would queue it late which shows the software I am using. Other problems I had during production were playing the stopwatch from a different Mac and queuing the VT from a separate Mac at the same time. This was a challenge for me as before I couldnâ€™t click them both at the same time so I didnâ€™t get the right information on how long is left for a video. Solution I resolved the queuing time by communicating with the vision mixer and we decided that I would play the VT first and then he would fade into it as the VT takes a second to load full screen. The outcome was a result and in the end it turned out well. The second problem I managed to play the timer and the VT at the same time, here instead of clicking the mouse I had the mouse clicked and when I was ready to start the timer and VT I just released the mouse and it managed to play at the same time.
The skills I have gained from this are: • I have learnt new skills on how to use a Mac and found other tools. Before I had only basic knowledge of how to use a Mac and how to create simple movies/montages, now I am slightly more advanced and have learnt new ways to create a movie. • I have become slightly more confident as part of my job was to communicate and say how long is left for the VT also in this unit we have to communicate with others and I believe personally my communication and team work skills have improved. • I have gained skills in how to create montages, here I had done a bit of research by looking at peoples montages on YouTube and I found that people cut to the beat which makes the video more effective. • My production skills have improved as I had various tasks to complete during this unit, I had to work quick and meet these deadlines in order to be ready for the live day, so I have learnt to keep to deadlines.
Analysis of Final Production
Practical Reasons- I think the camera angles and positioning were good and quite creative, it covered all the action such as the rate and slate wall from two angles, had a close up on the presenters and also the guests and a shot with everyone. This is similar to E4â€™s camera shots which covers similar shots. The audience can relate to this as they watch E4. Also it is a similar target audience as they can relate to similar camera shots. Trap star was also creative for is Aesthetic reasons as the visual style of the show was set at people who are interested in music for example the set was filled with various instruments, telling the audience what the show is about. Also the show was visually communicating to the audience through graphics on how to get in touch, the presenters also communicating to the viewer by directly talking into the camera and communicating to them. This is a good way of maintaining viewer interest as they are partly involved. I think this is also similar to shows like freshly squeezed and Big brother/Big brothers big mouth where they also talk to the audience at home.