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Section 1     The  Brief:   This  is  an  example  of  the  brief,  which  we  were  given  at  the  beginning  of  this   Unit.    

                                            I  was  chosen  to  be  the  Director  for  the  production  of  our  programme  which   meant  that  in  order  to  meet  all  of  sessions  for  the  brief  I  had  to  produce  a   Risk  Assessment  for  the  Gallery,  a  Timed  Running  Order  for  the  duration  of   programme  and  a  Camera  Script  detailing  every  shot,  during  the  pre-­‐ production  stage.  During  the  run-­‐throughs  and  recorded  performances  I  was   in  charge  of  deciding  when  to  cut  from  one  camera  angle  to  another  as  well   as  helping  the  crewmembers  in  the  gallery  with  their  cues  for  Graphics,   Sound  and  VT’s.  I  had  to  produce  both  the  running  order  and  camera  script   in  order  for  other  crewmembers  to  create  their  own  versions  for  their   specific  roles.  Before  the  production  stage  began  I  had  to  do  some  research   into  the  types  of  TV  programming,  the  job  roles  involved  in  this  field  and   what  the  requirements  for  those  job  roles  was.    


Screen Shot  of  my  Blog                       I  think  that  the  final  production  meets  the  brief  we  were  set  as  our  target   audience  was  14  –  20  year  olds  who  I  feel  would  enjoy  watching  this   programme  on  a  weekly  basis.  Also  it  mainly  deals  with  British  artists  and   helps  to  promote  the  British  music  scene  which  was  an  aspect  of  the  brief,  as   well  as  this  we  came  in  under  the  allotted  time  of  30  minutes,  allowing  for   advertisement  breaks  and  we  included  interviews,  videos  and  audience   interaction  all  of  which  were  integral  elements  of  the  brief.  Three  were  some   parts  of  the  programme  which  I  feel  we  could  have  done  better  this  would   have  meant  that  we  fully  met  the  brief,  one  of  which  was  to  include  reviews   of  music  videos  and  songs.  We  didn’t  include  this  aspect  as  we  the  content  of   the  final  programme  runs  to  approximately  28  minutes  meaning  there  was   no  time  left  to  include  this  without  cutting  out  another  segment.    

       

Timed Running  Order  


Camera Script  

    I  feel  that  at  the  start  of  this  Unit  we  struggled  to  communicate  as  well  as  we   needed  to,  this  resulted  in  crew  members  being  confused  about  the  content   of  the  programme,  and  what  ideas  were  being  used.  This  meant  that  some   people  such  as  Keren  did  work  which  in  the  end  wasn’t  used  and  others  had   to  repeatedly  change  cues  as  corrections  and  addendums  were  being  made   to  the  script.  Once  we  had  done  the  first  run-­‐through  and  encountered  some   of  these  problems  they  were  fixed  almost  immediately  due  to  good   communication  between  the  people  in  the  Gallery  and  those  in  the  Studio.   After  a  couple  of  rehearsals  everybody  was  comfortable  in  their  roles  which   meant  that  the  show  was  running  smoothly  and  people,  like  Amrit  and  Sukhi,   began  to  experiment  with  new  camera  angles  and  some  camera  movements   to  enhance  the  aesthetic  appeal  of  the  show.  When  all  the  “bugs”  were   worked  out  and  people  became  comfortable  within  their  roles  we  worked   well  and  were  able  to  produce  a  magazine  show  to  a  near  professional   standard  as  per  our  brief.  


Section 2     Self  Evaluation:     Professional  Expectations:   In  my  role  as  Director  I  was  expected  to  instruct  the  rest  of  the  production   team  throughout  the  programme,  by  giving  orders,  collaborating  with  other   crew  members  and  considering  input  from  all  crew  members    Another  duty   of  my  job  was  ensuring  that  the  footage  that  the  audience  views  contains   sufficient  coverage  of  specific  script  related  issues  e.g.  one  of  the  presenters   or  making  sure  that  the  background  of  the  set  can  be  seen.  I  also  had  to  be   able  to  make  adjustments  to  the  running  order  or  shot  type  at  short  notice  in   order  to  produce  a  programme  to  a  better  standard.     Meeting  the  Expectations:   I  feel  that  I  once  I  was  used  to  the  high  stress  environment  I  was  able  to   make  cuts  that  enhanced  the  feel  and  look  of  the  programme.  Also  I  think   that  after  some  advice  from  the  floor  manager  Raees  I  was  able  to   communicate  well  with  the  crewmembers  in  the  studio  concerning  the  time   left  to  run,  positioning  of  the  cameras  and  counting  them  in  after  each  VT.  I   also  think  that  once  I  was  comfortable  within  the  role  I  took  control  of  the   production  e.g.  asking  the  cameras  to  reframe  their  shot,  ensuring  that  the   VT  operator  and  vision  mixer  were  cued  at  the  correct  time  so  that  there   wasn’t  a  black  screen  for  too  long.     Personal  Improvements:   Looking  back  at  my  performance  during  this  Unit  I  feel  that  there  were  some   improvements  that  I  could  have  made  such  as  getting  the  pre-­‐production   paper  work  done  as  quickly  as  possible  so  that  other  crew  members  that   needed  it,  e.g.  the  camera  script,  and  could  finish  their  own  copies  sooner   giving  us  time  to  make  adjustments  and  improvements.  Also  I  feel  that  I   could  have  improved  on  working  with  all  the  crewmembers  within  their   specific  roles  such  as  working  closely  with  the  camera  operators  and  floor   manager  so  that  both  parties  know  where  all  of  the  equipment  is  going  to  be   placed  on  the  Live  Day.  Another  example  of  this  would  be  ensuring  that  I   received  the  completed  dialogue  script  quickly  in  order  to  help  with  the   camera  positioning,  lighting  and  sound.  If  I  were  able  to  I  would  try  and   improve  on  the  directions  that  I  gave  to  the  people  in  the  gallery  at  the   beginning  of  production  including  the  rehearsals,  this  would  have  meant  that   we  would  have  smoother  transitions,  sound  effects  at  the  right  time  and   graphics  that  appeared  on  cue  resulting  in  a  better  end  product.    


Difficulties: • During  production  I  found  it  difficult  to  keep  control  of  the  situation  in   both  the  studio  and  the  gallery  as  I  was  not  used  to  the  role  and   because  I  wasn’t  giving  clear  regular  instructions  others  were  taking  it   upon  themselves  to  make  decisions,  which  made  my  job  as  director   even  more  difficult  at  times.     • Another  difficulty  I  faced  was  that,  as  the  dialogue  script  took  longer   than  anticipated  to  complete,  I  then  had  to  wait  before  producing  the   first  camera  script,  which  others  would  then  use  as  a  bas  for  their  own   versions.    This  resulted  in  us  being  slightly  behind  schedule.  I  also   found  it  difficult  to  deal  with  situations  when  people,  for  what  ever   reason,  didn’t  show  up  to  the  lessons  as  at  some  points  I  had  to  make   decisions  about  certain  aspects  of  the  programme  with  out  the   individual  who’s  role  it  was  for  example  the  Set  Designer  Alysia  had   several  examinations  during  the  pre-­‐production  process  meaning  that   me  and  the  Floor  Manager  Raees  had  to  work  out  what  the  set  should   be  without  her  there  to  offer  her  opinions  and  suggestions.     • Another  difficulty  was  that  as  both  the  presenters  were  creating  half  of   the  script  each,  once  I  had  the  first  half  I  then  had  to  wait  another  few   days  for  the  second  half  so  that  I  was  able  to  complete  the  Camera   script.  This  delayed  the  completion  of  the  camera  script  meaning  other   crewmembers  also  had  to  wait.     • In  the  beginning  I  found  it  difficult  to  trust  that  other  crewmembers   would  complete  the  tasks  set  to  them  to  the  standard  that  I  knew  we   should  be  able  to  produce.  This  meant  that  I  had  to  make  a  conscious   effort  to  not  get  overly  involved  in  the  specific  duties  of  each  job  role.     Solutions:   • Simply  by  practising  during  the  rehearsals  I  became  more  comfortable   within  my  role  and  so  more  confident.  This  meant  that  I  was  issuing   instructions  almost  constantly  giving  the  crew  the  information  they   needed  to  complete  their  jobs.     • The  only  way  to  overcome  this  situation  was  for  me  to  complete  the   camera  script  as  fast  as  I  could  to  minimise  the  disruption  to  the   schedule.       • Again  with  people’s  attendance  out  of  my  control  I  had  to  work  with   other  crewmembers  related  to  that  area  to  make  decisions  and  then   inform  the  missing  individual  of  any  changes  and  how  we  have   progressed.     • As  I  had  to  wait  for  the  dialogue  script  to  be  finished  I  could  only  urge   the  presenters  to  get  it  completed  as  soon  as  possible  and  then  I  had  to   do  the  same.    


• In order  to  overcome  this  issue  I  just  had  to  make  a  conscious  effort  to   distance  myself  whilst  still  providing  some  input  to  meet  the   requirements  of  my  job  role.       Skills  I  have  gained:       As  with  any  job  working  in  this  position  for  the  duration  of  this  Unit  I  have   learnt  some  new  skills  that  I  will  be  able  to  use  in  other  aspects  of  this  media   course.   • Ability  to  communicate  with  crew  whilst  maintaining  control   I  feel  that  after  completing  my  job  role  in  this  Unit  I  am  now  capable  of   keeping  a  level  of  control  over  the  set  where  as  at  the  start  I  struggled   to  do  so.  I  will  be  able  to  apply  this  to  any  other  situation  where  I  am  in   a  position  of  responsibility  and  authority.   • Ability  to  delegate  jobs  to  crew   Again  after  the  initial  difficulties  with  coping  in  such  a  stressful  role  I   think  that  I  was  then  able  to  delegate  jobs  to  others  and  pass  on   instructions  to  the  Floor  manager  for  him  to  then  issue  instructions,   this  follows  the  hierarchy  of  the  studio  meaning  we  met  the  brief  for   our  specific  job  roles.   • Evaluation  information  from  variety  of  Sources   As  I  had  to  watch  three  different  camera  feeds  and  then  decide  on  the   best  shot  for  that  part  of  dialogue  I  learned  quickly  to  take  in  the   information  I  was  given,  make  a  decision  and  then  pass  on   instructions  to  the  vision  mixer  as  to  which  shot  I  wanted  him  to  cut   to.   • Concentration   As  I  had  to  deal  with  cutting  from  one  camera  shot  to  another  whilst   also  relaying  as  much  information  to  the  Floor  Manager  and  some   other  crew  members  I  learnt  to  concentrate  on  the  task  at  hand  and   block  out  any  unwanted  distractions.  I  feel  that  this  is  a  valuable  skill   that  I  will  use  in  many  other  aspects  of  my  life.     I  feel  that  I  will  be  able  to  take  all  of  these  new  skills  that  I  have  learnt  and   apply  them  to  other  areas  of  media  work  that  I  will  encounter  in  the  future  as   well  as  other,  completely  separate  aspects  of  my  life  


Section 3     Analysis  of  Final  Production:       Practical  Reasons:     Simultaneous  Recording   We  used  this  technique  so  that  we  could  record  and  edit  at  the  same  time.   The  other  option  would  be  to  film  the  programme  from  all  here  cameras  and   then  go  through  all  the  footage  afterward  and  edit  it  to  create  the  finished   show  this  would  take  much  longer  than  the  simultaneous  method.  Also  as   this  was  part  of  the  brief  we  could  not  use  any  other  method,  as  we  had  to   produce  a  live  show  not  one  that  was  recorded  and  aired  at  a  later  date.   Another  reason  for  using  the  simultaneous  filming  method  was  that  we  did  it   another  way  some  of  the  job  roles  such  as  vision  mixer  would  not  be  needed   also  it  helped  us  to  work  as  a  team  because  we  could  edit  out  any  mistakes  at   a  later  date.     Multi-­‐camera  Format    We  used  the  Multi-­‐camera  format  for  the  production  of  our  programme  as  it   was  an  As  Live  recording  and  so  it  gave  me  the  ability  to  cut  from  a  variety  of   angles  in  order  to  get  the  individual  speaking  at  that  time  into  frame.  This   meant  that  as  presenter  was  asking  a  question  I  could  have  one  camera  on   her  and  another  framing  the  guest  waiting  to  cut  once  she  gives  a  response.   Also  this  meant  that  we  could  position  the  cameras  and  props  in  a  way  that   made  the  most  of  the  limited  space  of  our  studio.  Another  reason  for  using   this  format  was  that,  like  the  “One  Show”,  we  were  able  to  cut  between  three   cameras  to  keep  the  programme  interesting  for  the  viewing  audience.     Studio  Locations   For  the  duration  of  the  production  stage  we  used  two  different  sets  for  the   programme  and  the  gallery  was  used  to  house  the  graphics  operator,   director  etc.  we  used  this  set  up  to  ensure  that  the  technical  crew  members   and  especially  the  sound  mixer  were  separated  from  the  studio  to  stop  any   vocal  interference.  The  two  different  locations  were  used  to  make  our   production  look  more  professional,  it  also  allowed  the  presenters  to  have   some  time  walking  as  opposed  to  having  them  sitting  for  the  duration  of  the   show  making  it  a  more  comfortable  experience  for  them.      


Aesthetic Reasons:     Simultaneous  Recording   This  system  gives  the  programme  a  more  professional  feel  and  allows  us  to   put  the  graphics  and  sound  effects  in  the  right  place  if  the  presenters  deviate   from  the  script  slightly.     Multi-­‐camera  Format   This  makes  it  a  more  interesting  programme  for  audiences  to  view  as  well  as   adding  emphasis  to  what  the  individual  on  screen  is  saying  as  the  camera  is   focused  solely  on  them.  Another  reason  would  be  that  it  displayed  the   different  lighting  that  occurred  throughout  the  programme,  which  helped  to   define  the  different  sections  of  the  show  more  clearly.     Studio  Locations   The  use  of  two  set  locations  adds  another  dimension  to  the  programme,   letting  the  audience  see  the  presenters  somewhere  other  than  the  main  set.   It  makes  the  show  feel  more  professional  as  a  show  with  a  smaller  budget   show  may  not  have  the  funds  /  ability  to  use  two  or  more  different  locations.  

Sam Jones Evaluation Final Draft  

the final draft of my evalution for this Unit

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