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The TV Quiz Show – Reflection 3

Posted in University Work (Old) with tags , on December 15, 2010 by Adam Broome

This final reflection is mostly just my thoughts on how the presentation went. Now having seen the finished artefact myself, I can see that it has turned out really well. The editing was handled by only two people, and they worked extensively on it over the final week. Although they say they were not 100% pleased with the final product, I think everyone else is. It looks professional, and to say that the background was created during that last week (the original chromakey was unusable), I think the editors did well to make it look that good.

It was well-received in the lecture as well. A point was made about the in-jokes, but considering this artefact was always going to be shown to our friends, I think the humour worked well. The shots were ordered well, and in terms of the camera work there’s little I can falter with. The creation of this piece has been heavy going, but it’s good to see we created something at the end of it that will benefit everyone in terms of their showreels.

This is the website for the show:

I had no part in the production of this web site, but it shows what the original chromakey colour scheme was going to look like. It also added another level of distribution to our piece.


The TV Quiz Show – Reflection 2

Posted in University Work (Old) with tags , on December 11, 2010 by Adam Broome

My role as camera operator had changed only slightly by the final day of shooting – my camera is generally static with the exception of two shots – one on the item being revealed on the round ‘Guess Who This Belongs To’, and the other on the main presenter’s face at the end. We did have an idea about filming a VT in KFC to show the previous winner, but this was never followed through. As all our other VTs were pre-recorded footage, as a camera operator I had no input here either.

The show now had a name – ‘Who’s Who’. The theme was definitely around identity. The set designers had successfully arranged the creation of three boards that we could use as desks. These arrived on the day of filming, along with a load of stickers. The stickers kept peeling off the boards, but this could not be helped. Overall, the set looked fine. The lighting had been perfected during the final test shoot, yet somehow managed to go wrong yet again on the day of filming, affecting the chromakey, and delaying filming by an hour.

Unfortunately, we had no clear idea about the way the show would work. From what I could make out (being the lowly camera operator that I am), two shoots were done of each round, with the best one being decided to be used in the final piece. We were in the TV studio all day, and at various intervals our line-ups arrived, and the relevant rounds were shot around them. The line-ups were treated respectfully and they all seemed happy enough. It was only when they left that once again stress levels seemed to go through the roof. Luckily, the director called short fifteen-minute breaks every hour, which although delaying filming, gave a welcome break from the TV studio environment. Filming took approximately six hours.

It’s hard to say how it all turned out, because I have not seen the final piece. We filmed each round twice, and each time the answers changed. Several shoots before the final day, myself and the fellow students who had helped me do my radio show warned the director that with four rounds featured, we could easily end up with a 2-2 score, which is what happened during our final radio recordings. However, planning the results of the rounds was not allowed. That was the last we heard about it.

Someone high above the ranks came up with the idea of the final round answer not being of the line-up, but rather of the presenter himself (this round was either called the ‘Mystery Round’ or ‘Guess The Picture’… I’m not really sure). This allowed me to move my camera again just once more, which I thought I would relish, but was rather blase about in the end game. We had to keep the result of this final round a secret from the main presenter, so that his reaction could be genuine on the final day of the shoot. It was a strange idea -how it will look in the final piece is a topic of curiosity.

Overall, despite high stress levels, the team pulled through. Everyone turned up and gave their input, and we functioned as a team. My worry was that we would look unprofessional to our line ups, but that did not turn out to be the case, so I think the production went well. As mentioned before, it felt like there were a select few in the gallery running the whole project. Particularly throughout the later stages of production, help was offered by others, but rarely acknowledged.

Arguments were occasionally picked up in the gallery between members on the feedback. On several occasions throughout several shoots, I tried to ask my floor manager or fellow camera operators for advice or information, only to be told to ‘shut up’ by gallery members. Lighting was generally handled by the vision mixer in the end – communication was not developed, it simply became a case of ‘if you want a job doing right, do it yourself’. Since a select few members had been carrying the project since the beginning, I feel their input and influence on the project became greater and greater because of this.

Although it’s not a term I particularly like to use, ‘power trip’ was a term commonly being used amongst other members of the group. After filming, several members wanted to help with the editing, but the vision mixer was chosen to do it. Generally, people just seemed fed up with trying to fit in a word in edgeways, and just had the ‘whatever’ attitude at this point. At the end of the final shoot, the director came out and thanked us, and gave an apology if she had been stressed out. It was good that the director had noticed the feelings in the room – it was nice to hear, but ultimately it made no impact. Everyone just seemed thoroughly glad to be done with this project.

If this project fails, it will be on the heads of the few who have carried it through. They will be ones that have gotten the most out of this project, but the rest of us will probably have blogs with posts similar to this one. All things considered though, I am not going to put myself down. I wanted to be a camera operator, a that’s the job I did. I have turned up to every meeting and every run-through. I have been punctual, and I have accomplished all the tasks required of me by the director, producer and floor manager. My task was limited, and it was incredibly easy compared to pretty much every other project I’m involved in at present, but that was my job, and I did it to the best of my ability without complaints. When told to ‘shut up’, I did so, and when told to ‘stop moving and focusing the camera’, I did so. My end of the bargain has been fulfilled. If this was reality, it would now be time to cash the cheque and get the hell out of dodge.

On a personal level, this has been one of the hardest projects I’ve had to do at university thus yet. It was generally an unhappy working environment, from the presenters down to the lighting operator. You could feel it. And yet, we have all pulled together and we have all turned up and we have all done our jobs – I feel that everyone in the studio gave as strong an input as they were allowed. So ultimately, on that standing alone, us fellow media producers in the studio deserve some recognition at least, for not backing down or walking out or ever giving in to a full-blown argument.

This was the JVC camera that I used. I am using a similar camera for a project in Prague. There were several problems I encountered which needed to righted during the filming of this project. These were things like changing the focus manually, fixing the auto white balance, and playing around with ND filters and gain levels. Ultimately, the camera was used as it stood, with not a lot of my technical ability being utilized in the final piece. However, to know I am familiar with a camera this size is quite comforting for me as a camera operator – evidently my technical skills are reaching an advanced level!