Create a programme in a week!
We have just completed a staff day training course entitled 'make a programme in a week'. Six staff attended and it was Based in the Kings Lynn media facility. We covered the foundations of programme making culminating in the recording of a live switched 15 minute studio production with video inserts.
Key production skills covered were: camera, editing, sound, lighting, studio protocol, vision mixing, graphics and titling. See the attached schedule for the full break down of what was covered over the week.
Click here to see the end product (it's hosted on Vimeo as the SpringboardTV portal is still in dev)
Why did you want to do the course? To reignite the passion I have for practical production, something that has faltered (due to time and other commitments) since leaving University, plus it was a great opportunity to put into practise, and also up-date, the knowledge gained at University.
What you learnt from it? With focus and commitment (and with the right people around you supporting) effective, enjoyably programme making doesn't have to be long and laborious. The opportunity to edit with a Mac was particularly of interest to me as I hadn't been given that opportunity before and found it to be surprisingly intuitive and straight-forward. It was great to brush up on camera and editing techniques.
When you felt most engaged? Throughout the entire programme of material, pre-production, production and post-production.
When you felt most detached? N/A - feeling never occurred, the whole programme was interesting, informative and enjoyable.
Will it change the way you approach practical work next year? Given me more confidence in helping learners out with their own practical projects and also impart some of the knowledge gained on the programme, and show to them that one project doesn't need to take months to create and produce.
Any parts you'd like to learn more about, any elements that were missing? Everything, skills like the ones taught on the programme need to be implemented and refreshed/updated frequently otherwise they are easily forgotten. It would have been nice to have spent more time on the different phases of production, especially post-production, but that was a result of squeezing a five-day course into four and couldn't be helped.
What you learnt from it Interview techniques on location, some editing and camera skills, adding sound and finishing a VT for a tv programme, tv studio protocol, lighting in a studio situation, virtual studio environments and how they are used. Presenting skills and using the auto cue. Planning the content and organisation of people/roles for a short TV magazine show
When you felt most engaged - all the time really, but then the most concentration was when I had to do take after take of the presenting!
When you felt most detached - did not ever feel detached, but it was a challenge taking in all of the info that James gave us on editing. But even with that I was planning to do some more research on it myself later.
Will it change the way you approach practical work next year, how? -Yes, For the students, I will be giving more time to decision making and will break down the tasks into more sections. Due to the time it took me to take on the challenges that i was given.
Any parts you'd like to learn more about, any elements that were missing. - Possibly you tried to do too much in the short week. Just the filming on location and the editing was really fun, interesting and challenging to do. Then the TV work felt rushed. Could these be split into 2? So that there were more VTs produced ready for a later TV session? Also it could allow for others (I know there were only a few of us) to have a go at different roles. I expect you have lots of ideas for things that were missing, being from the industry, what about different types of TV programme formats to choose from?
Comments from Sophia Brown:
A really fun and educational week. On location shooting footage, storing the rushes, uploading and editing the footage on our new macs, and putting it together as a live show , some of which was completely new to me. Unfortunately I missed a morning session as I had some pre-booked interviews with students, so I felt for me the editing session was a little rushed and I didn't get a chance to do very much. However I plan to fit in regular short sessions to practice using the macs and build my skills!
The vision mixing was designated to me, and illustrated to me the pressure of accuracy and concentration in getting it right! Of course it did go wrong and Gary and I had to find ways to make it work, but it was something I hadn't done before, and it looked surprisingly professional at the end of the week. All that work for 10 minutes of air time though!