TV Production Unit By: Tin Nok Lau
For this unit, you have to work as a team and spend a lot of time preparing for just a few minutes of recording. Also, it is live so everything must be perfect. Many things are considered before filming such as the length of the recording, the script, the equipment, the pre-recorded clips, the audience etc.
When I wrote this application letter, I was not really sure on which role to choose. I was still stuck and after quite a long time, I decided to choose floor manager, as I wanted to try something intriguing, enjoyable yet different to my last role. As I wasn't left with a long time to think about my points, my application letter was not very good. In the end, Mr. Williamson gave me the sound mixer role.
When I researched about the sound mixer role, I found out that the sound mixer plans the microphone requirements and microphone placement. The sound mixer also chooses which channel to use on the audio mixer, and plans for integration of audio mixer with the Tricaster. The sound mixer also ensures correct labelling of mixer channels, booking of sufficient microphones and cabling and equipment checklist. Sound mixer is responsible for recording film/video production dialogue and efx. He commands a crew consisting of one or more boom persons, a cable person and sometimes an Equipment Technician. I thought this would be quite interesting and fun because it was sounded quite different from my role in the horror film (sound). I thought this would be easier for me than many others since I have had experience as sound role, but the information that I found about this role was quite different to what I expected.
In this picture, you can see that it is very visually appealing. This is a close up shot onto the beautiful product that is new and innovative. She makes several products so it would not look plain and added decorations next to it such as the Starbucks christmas gift. This shot focuses onto the three coffee filter trees in the middle of the screen. This is the final 'make', so it must be visually appealing.
In this picture, you can see how everything is organized to move from one thing to another smoothly. Firstly, there is the paper with the pencil, where she makes her not folded cone or the net of the cone. To save time she doesn't show her cutting it out and just has it prepared in front of her. Then to save even more time, she doesn't fold it and has a folded up cone already prepared. Then, she smoothly moves on to cut out a few coffee filters and stick them to the cone to show how to do it. The camera then helps transition her to the next step, which happens to be already prepared right next to her and she sticks the last coffee filter on the top of the cone. after that, the camera transitions again to show the final product. The make table contains completed products to save time and cut out not as important parts. The make table is still very neat and tidy which creates a visual appeal, the final product also helps with that.
In this picture, you can see there is only 1 presenter, she does all the demonstrations, explanations etc. She connects with the audience as she tries to get as many situations this could be useful in, she also dresses nicely and not too sharp. She doesn't say all the equipment used at first but at each step she explains what you need and gets many possibilities of the equipment that could be used. She also slowly lists the equipment needed at each step, which is very useful for the audience.
She uses a very soft tone to tell us what to do, which is very helpful. She also uses simple english, so it's not too complicated for people to understand. She also tries to relate to the audience as much as possible to motivate and encourage the audience. All of these choices make it more appealing to the audience and make them stay tuned.
The amount of different shots used create visual variety. There are 3 cameras used to create these shots. These cameras are placed as shown in the diagram below.
The cameras quickly transition from one another as she switches from the first step the the finished product of that certain step. Most of them are close up shots as they are very efficient for transitioning. There is a total of 5 steps in order to complete the make. As they do not have much time, they show how to do it, then quickly show the finished product of that step. They also skip out all the part where you need to repeat the steps to save time. We can see that there is an introduction, then followed by a demonstration, and swiftly into an outro. This is very smooth process and is indicated by the presenters speeches.
This was our script including camera transitions, dialogue, and clips. When I first looked at this script, I thought it was very detailed and was quite superb. I went through it in my head and it sounded quite similar to something that would be said during TV shows like Blue Peter. I had a vision of this happening in a professional studio. Everything in the script was well thought through, it was like there was already a rehearsal and each specific camera knew exactly what kind of shots and transitions they needed to do such as zooming out from a Middle Shot (M/S) to a Long Shot (L/S), or panning into a Close Up (C/U). Even the animations were made and was ready to be played in a certain time. I didn't know what could be improved, at least not until we had practiced and tried the script in a studio.
Over the past decades, the television audience has an increase in mass media outlets, so there are more choices for everyone. Also, the audience has been divided into smaller groups due to the increase in varieties of media outlets. The technology now has allowed audiences to choose when and where they consume their television content, and social media allows you to share your experiences. I think we will mostly use social media such as Youtube to post of video and spread the word through facebook, twitter etc. This will make sure our programme reaches our intended target audience as social media is very effective and also free. An internal South Island School channel could possibly be very useful for promoting students videos.
Overall, our final product was alright but definitely could have been better if we had more time. This was because it was our first time practicing with equipment and the script. When I first saw the equipment i was going to use, I was shocked. I looked at the Tricaster and in my head I was like "What?". Also, if we had time for a rest, our production would also be better as when we made our final product, Kanishk the cameraman said he got very tired and the camera was very heavy thus creating some shaky shots. It would also have been better as the presenter would get more time to remember the script.