MED4115 Television Studio Production Skills Diary Week 1

Learning Diary Week 1 – 31/01/14

In the first lesson in Television Studio Production Skills, we began by watching this video which outlines the importance of different roles in a television studio. We were then shown the studio galleries (for audio and visuals) and how each piece of equipment we would be using works.

After this we filmed five two to four minute interviews between two people (an interviewer and a ‘guest’) with each person taking on different roles each time. I took on the following roles:

  • Audio Mixer – This involved giving the people on screen clip-on microphones to wear throughout the interview and conducting sound checks before the interview began. When in this role I had to wait until the director had finished setting up the cameras to begin the sound check. This involved turning up the sound on one of the microphones and getting whoever was wearing the microphone to speak how they would when on camera. I would then adjust the gain on each channel so that both voices would sound the same volume. When the transmission began I had to turn up the microphones and adjust the volume if they spoke louder than they had in the sound check.
  • Vision Mixer – This involved controlling which cameras were shown and cutting between them at the command of the director. I did this role twice when filming the interviews and felt that I improved between as you had to constantly concentrate on what the director is saying and be used to the controls so you can quickly change cameras.
  • Production Assistant – Once the director had decided on a time to begin the rehearsal or transmission, I gave everyone on the studio floor and in the sound gallery a warning before we began of 1 minute, 30 seconds, 15 seconds and a countdown of the final 10 seconds. I also gave notice after every minute of the interview and made similar warnings in the final minute.
  • Director – This involved instructing each of the cameras as to where I wanted them facing and instructing the floor manager on where the people on camera should be positioned and facing. I also told the audio mixers when to begin their sound check and chose a time to begin the rehearsal and transmission which everyone else would work towards. When the interview had started, I instructed the vision mixer on what shots to preview and cut to.
  • My final role was to press ‘capture’ on the computer controlling the cameras when the 10 second countdown to transmission began. I also stopped the cameras when the transmission had ended.
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