262 – Blog task 8

Blog Task 8 – “The future is…”

Television has moved on so quickly in the last 20 years. We have gone from Video Tapes, to DVD’s, to Blu Ray’s. From 5 channels, to 100+ channels, to HD channels and to 3D channels, and I think this is something that is going to continue to progress for a very long time. As well as this, the TV viewing experience has completely changed.

Audience members have become more active, with online websites to access and exclusive content to discover. If I could invent any new technology to enhance this viewing experience, I would invent something along the lines of the Xbox Kinect, or Nintendo Wii. These “games” use sensors to track where a person is in a room and follow them, so gaming becomes a lot more active and involved. The Kinect also has a voice sensor, so when a person says “Xbox play” a DVD will play, this is the same with stop, pause, rewind and fast forward. Another way the Xbox has been so successful is because of the way it interacts with other websites and organisations. Xbox can be used to play DVDs, Games, music and stream live from the internet, it has now been linked with Skype, and has a split screen feature, so music can be played whilst gaming, or Skyping can be done whilst playing music. “Split your screen, not your time” Xbox.

This interactive type of thinking has started to move into TV and Film, Rides.tv is an interactive website with short films of all genres, which allows viewers to become part of the storyline. You can register for free and enter your phone number and email address, and as the story goes along, your phone will actually ring and you will have to answer it, and you will get an email. This automatically sounds more exciting and interesting then watching a normal film or television channel and I don’t think it will be long before this becomes a mainstream television format.

So, expanding on this idea, if I could create my own new idea to make television more exciting and involving, I would invent a whole “viewing booth,” which is basically set up in a living room and offers a whole new, enclosed viewing experience, with vibrating chairs, surround sound, 3D television and interactive moments. The vibrating chairs will act as 4D viewing, they will move and shake when action happens in the film or television programme being watched, levels can be adjusted on these to specific requirements, this is like the Xbox controllers vibrating when being shot or shooting etc. The surround sound will add to the experience and also make you feel like part of the action, as will the 3D. My invention would be 3D without having to wear the glasses, as they can become very irritating. The interactive moments would be moments like that of the ride.tv experience, with phone calls played through speakers in the chairs, close to the head. Emails and texts would come up on the television and open as a split screen, so the film can still be watched while the email or text is being read. There would also be the Kinect talking, where you can pause, play, rewind, select or fast forward the film or programme, so everything would be controlled by voice, meaning there is no need for a remote.  My idea is basically combining all the new revolutions in the television and gaming world, to create one massively new, different and interesting viewing experience.

262 – Blog task 7

Blog task 7

The point of a TV website is to give audience members more of a behind the scenes look at the TV show. They include exclusive content, small clips, which are usually just a few minutes long, and interactive/downloadable content, such as the Mask Of Sorrow on the Celebrity Juice website.

YouTube channels are slightly different to this, they’re based mainly on the videos that go onto the channel, these are usually a few minutes long, with maybe one produced each week. They also have a comments section, so they are more interactive with their audiences in this way; the audience can voice their opinion and either like or dislike the video, whereas on a TV show website, this is less common. This can be seen on Jenna Marbles site in the Discussion section.

Both of these sites are more self directed, with the viewer picking which clip they want to watch and when they want to watch it. This is completely different to the TV experience, where the viewer watches a programme when it is aired and for the length of time it is on for, without much control on when they can watch said programme.

The main difference between TV website’s and YouTube channels are that the TV sites have pages on presenters, the team and extra behind the scenes videos whereas a YouTube channel only has videos, which mostly run on a weekly basis. All other background information is on a separate site/blog to the person’s channel.

This makes both sites interactive but in very different way. TV sites are mainly interactive because of the Facebook and Twitter feeds, and the behind the scenes clips of the TV show, whereas YouTube channels are interactive through the way the audience can leave their mark on a certain video or channel.

Another difference between the two sites is that TV shows are paid for in the planning stages of the production, with big expensive sets and celebrities and presenters, whereas YouTube video’s have to work hard to make funny, unique work and get funding for this work to continue much later on in the process.

TV websites offer a nice background to the show and give you more exclusive information, they work well because of this. Viewers always want to see and know more, so this gives them that opportunity to explore.

YouTube channel’s work because they give you a quick burst of entertainment each week, which keeps you hooked and wanting to watch more. It’s also a great way to showcase everything in a small amount of time, so if people like what you do, they will subscribe, whereas, because TV shows are longer, it gives you longer to form an opinion on them.

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YouTube channels could be improved by having some more exclusive content, the users could make behind the scenes videos of how they created and made the weekly uploads.  These could be uploaded in between the weekly videos. I don’t think YouTube channels should start interacting with Facebook and Twitter like TV websites do as this would take away from the YouTube experience and make it like any other site.

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TV show websites could be improved by being more eye-catching. There is either too much going on on the websites or not enough. Take the Celebrity Juice website as an example, the home page is very bland, with a plain white background, and small brick wall detail at the top of the page. For such an outrageous show, it would make sense for the website to follow suite.

Jenna Marbles YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9gFih9rw0zNCK3ZtoKQQyA

Celebrity Juice: http://www.itv.com/celebrityjuice

262 – Blog Task 6

Working Title: Manipulation

Air time: 8:30pm – 9:00pm

Weekend show

Channel: ITV

Target Audience: Students or families

 4 contestants, one saboteur. 2 goals. Let’s play Manipulation!

The Hook: The viewers at home pick a saboteur; their job is to manipulate the game by trying to make the team lose. Can the rest of the team guess who the saboteur is? Or will a team member pick the wrong person? No one is safe and no one can be trusted. There will be 3 rounds, a person going out in each with 2 contestants left at the end to battle for the winning prize.

The Presenter: The presenter will be needed in the studio to introduce the show and interact with the contestants in a live setting. The presenter will also demonstrate how each task will be played through the use of VT’s.

The Look: We’re going with a rustic, abandoned warehouse type look, to add some tension and shadows to the programme. Deception and manipulation are quite dark themes so this will tie in very nicely. We wanted quite a cold metallic looking backdrop, with dark lighting and a grey floor.

The Formula: The saboteur idea has not really been looked at before. The point of our show is to test human relationships and see how far people will go to win through deception, manipulation and sabotage.

Audience participation: After every round/task the studio audience will vote for who they want to be the next saboteur. The person with the most votes will be picked after an add break. The audience at home can also get involved by looking at ten contestants on our website and voting for the 4 they want to be in the show. Again, the ones with the most votes will play the game the following week.

No game shows of today play people against each other. It fits in with today’s society by the human interaction, people like watching people turn against each other and seeing how people react in certain situations. There will be audience interaction through the studio “panel” who will vote on who they want to be the next saboteur and also there will be chances for the audience at home to vote in on who they want the contestants of the next week’s show to be. This means the audience have a large say in the show, with a little help from us. It is very much up to them who is involved in the show and who they think would make a good saboteur.

Because our show can only be 10 minutes long, we have decided to just take one section of the show and produce that, so it will be as if the programme has just started, and will end when they go to an advert break. This means we will only ever have 4 contestants and no one will really win the show, because the end of the show will never be played. This also means we will need to think of only a few tasks to complete in this time.

Some ideas of the tasks we could use:

  • The three contestants have to follow riddles and minor instructions to reach a goal in 20 minutes. The saboteur will try to stop them from reaching that goal, if they don’t reach the goal. This could be done through answering riddles wrong or just slowing down the other competitors
  • There are 12 boxes, 6 containing the keys they need to unlock a safe. They will pick one box at a time until they have picked six boxes, if they don’t get 3 of the keys they fail. So the saboteur wants them not to pick the right boxes. which will be red or have a yellow bow for example
  • Task involves hitting upside-down cups with a hammer. Some of these cups had paint bombs in them – you have 9 or 12 cups and you can’t get more than 3 paint bombs or the team loses (saboteur knows where the paint bombs are)
  • Have 5 seconds to answer a question, if you answer wrong the person next to you gets gunged. If 2 or more get gunged then you have failed the game.

VT’s: We will use VT’s  to demonstrate each round, with the help of our presenter. There will be a VT as the saboteur is picked, with 4 split screens and one lighting up, which will be the person that is picked to sabotage the show. We will also show VT’s throughout the first task of the different contestants in their homes to add a bit of a background to our players.

262 – Meeting notes and progression

As a producer, it is my job to ensure meetings are productive and run smoothly. To achieve this I will plan my meetings in advance, writing down brief notes on what I hope to cover in the meetings and to move things forward for the next meeting that will take place.

Tuesday 5th November 2013

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Tuesday’s Pre-Meeting Plan

I have listed below what will be covered and approached in our first group session and meeting.

TV Studio Session:

The group will gather in the studio as a big group first, before separating off into roles.
I will get everyone to quickly say what their role is and what they’re responsible for, so that I know my crew are well equipped for the role they are going to undertake. Once everyone is sure they know what they’re role entails, I will quickly run through the health and safety in the studio and gallery and make sure the floor manager is aware of these risks. (This will be things like making sure cables are taped, phones off, no food or drink and calling “house lights off/on” when turning the main lights off/on.)
After this, everyone will get into their roles. I will time how long talk back and cameras take to set up so I can be aware of this on the day, and we can aim to beat this time every week. Whilst the talk back is being set up, the sound being turned on and the lighting being tested, the directer and I will come up with a practise scenario for our presenter to read out, just so we have something to rehearse. I did try to find a TV script online but unfortunately had little success. Once everything is set up, we will do a few run throughs just so everybody can get to grips with the equipment and their roles. After we have finished, I will time how long it takes to pack away the equipment, ask everyone how they think the session went, ask if there are any more questions, then tell everyone they can have a 15 minute break and to meet in the basement for the next part of the session, which will be the meeting.
So the first thing I need to bring up in the meeting is that a member of our team has not been added to the Facebook group yet, this is because I did not have her on Facebook, obviously she needs to be added or she will miss important information.
We also need to go through the other roles available for the production. These are Graphic Designer and Scriptwriter, I will ask if anyone wants to volunteer for these roles, if not we can do it as a team. The VT Team also needs sorting, I thought it would be easier to just transfer the roles from the studio to the VT Team, so the camera operators will also do this for the VT’s, the vision mixer will be the editor, the director will stay the same and the presenter will stay the same.
After we have discussed these, we will all pitch an idea for the TV show, and then take a vote on which were the best three ideas. After this the director and I will discuss which we think will work the best out of the remaining three ideas and pick one. If the group feel they would all like to have a say in the final decision, we will just do it as a majority vote for the final idea.

Tuesday’s Post-Meeting

TV Studio Session:

So the first part of my planning went okay, we went into the studio and sat down to wait for the rest of the group to arrive, I decided this was the best time to go through what we’d cover during todays sessions. After 15 minutes of waiting for 3 more people to arrive, we decided to just start without them. One person had told the group they would be late due to a key issue, but the other 2 didn’t give any reason for not being there, one of these 2 was the director. So I got everyone to go through their role, what is expected of them, who they talk to mostly in the crew etc. Everyone at the meeting seemed very clear and what their role entailed so this was a good start. After this, with still no appearances from the missing 3, we decided to just set up and do a practise scenario. We were missing a camera person, director and presenter, so I had to fill in some roles, as did the PA. This meant some people are more up to date then others in their roles, which is something I need to consider in Thursday’s practise session. The talk backs took roughly 10 minutes to set up, but as this was the first session with people missing, this isn’t something I’m too concerned about. Because people didn’t show and we couldn’t do a proper run-through, we decided to pack up early and go straight down to the basement to discuss everything else, so there was no need for a break.


The second part of the session didn’t go too well, as no one had really thought of any ideas, other then one member of the group, so we listened to his idea and worked on that for the rest of the meeting. His idea was that 4 people compete in mental and physical challenges. At the end of each challenge each contestant votes on how they think the other two did, out of ten. The winner is the one with the highest score after all three rounds. For example, round 1 could be that they have to complete a puzzle but two are blindfolded and the other one can’t touch any of the pieces. Then they each vote on how the other two did. Also, with each task they don’t end up completing, they lose some of the prize and of course, only one of the contestants can win at the end, the one with the highest score. We had a discussion about this idea and the shows Distraction, hosted by Jimmy Car and Trapped, a CBBC children’s show came to mind. I thought of distraction because of the crazy, fun challenges and felt we could easily adapt these to our own show. The Trapped idea came from another member of the group who thought we could introduce a sabotage element, where one of the 4 contestants gets picked to try and sabotage the show challenge, the contestants would then have to vote on who they think the saboteur was. This would add a bit more fun and would be an intriguing element to the show, it would also engage with the audience as the audience would know who the saboteur was and would want to see if the players could guess. This is the basic idea and will be expanded in further meetings. I will post this in the Facebook group for people who didn’t turn up and see if they have any other ideas we could work on.

Thursday 7th November 2013

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Thursday’s pre meeting notes

The plan for the session on Thursday is simply to get everyone up to date on the idea and do a run through if everyone is present. No one had posted any extra ideas on the Facebook group, meaning will we be sticking to our saboteur idea.

Thursday’s post meeting notes

On Thursday we had a workshop with Karen before our slot in the TV studio, in this workshop we went through different format ideas and brainstormed these. There were some really good ideas but nothing we could adapt to the studio so we have decided to expand our original idea of the sabotage game show. We had a small run through with all the equipment because everyone was present, which got the people who didn’t attend Tuesday’s session up to speed so they now know how all the equipment works and what their job role entails. After this we all sat down and had a talk about the idea and how we now develop this into a living breathing show. We have decided to go away and look into other shows of a similar format to give us some ideas on what we may like to include in ours and also to think about the structure and content of the show. We will all meet back up on Tuesday and discuss our findings before doing a run-through of a basic script based on our idea, which our director said he would put together.

Tuesday 12th November 2013

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Tuesday’s pre meeting notes

I have read through task 6 on the Moodle page and tried to put this together, in our meeting tomorrow, we need to all be clear on the synopsis of our show as it is quite hard to explain in a short amount of words. After this, we will go through the brief treatment I have come up with and also Declan’s treatment to see if there is anything we can add or anything that isn’t quite right. The treatment is as follows:

Working Title: Manipulation

Air time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Weekday show

Channel: ITV 2

Target Audience: Students or families

The Pitch: 4 contestants, one saboteur. The game show with a hidden agenda. Who can they trust? OR 4 contestants, one saboteur. 2 goals. Let’s play Manipulation OR Manipulation – a test of faith.

The Hook: The viewers at home pick a saboteur; their job is to manipulate the game by trying to make the team lose. Can the rest of the team guess who the saboteur is? Or will a team member pick the wrong person? No one is safe and no one can be trusted. There will be 3 rounds, a person going out in each. With 2 contestants left at the end to battle for the winning prize. Christmas special!

The Presenter: The presenter will be done mostly through narration, they can then add comments on the saboteur, as the other team members will not know who it is and so this could not be done if the presenter was in the studio. However, the presenter will still be needed to introduce the show and interact with the contestants in a live setting, so he will be in the studio.

The look: Describe the look of your format – what will make it distinctive in a crowded TV schedule? 

Colours, boards, graphics, area of studio for picking the saboteur (or VT). Studio audience, thats who votes. The audience at home pick the contestants for next week’s show. Can vote online for which contestants they prefer.

The formula: Describe the formula behind your format.  What makes it different to other shows?

The saboteur, not really been looked at before. The point of our show is to test human relationships and see how far people will go to win through deception, manipulation and sabotage.

Audience participation: After every round/task the audience at home will vote for who they want to be the next saboteur. The person with the most votes will be picked.

What makes your show perfect? Why should it air now? And what is it doing that it new or different to what has gone before? How does is reflect today’s diverse audience?

No weekday game shows of today play people against each other. It fits in with todays society by the human interaction, people like watching people turn against each other and seeing how people react in certain situations. There will be audience interaction through the studio “panel” who will vote on who they want to be the next saboteur and also there will be chances for the audience at home to vote in on who they want the contestants of the next week’s show to be. This means the audience pretty much produce this show, with a little help from us. It is very much up to them how they play the show out and how they move the show forward.

The things in bold, italic and underlined are the things we need to discuss as a group, so we will go through this and see what can be expanded on. After everyone is happy with the treatment, we will talk about what needs to happen on Thursday, which will (hopefully) be the casting of the show.

After this we can have a go with the equipment again and try to work on our communication skills.

The tasks need to be things that you can’t do individually.

Tuesday’s post meeting notes

During the meeting, we went through the above proposal and were able to answer the following questions.

The look: Describe the look of your format – what will make it distinctive in a crowded TV schedule? 

Colours, boards, graphics, area of studio for picking the saboteur (or VT). Studio audience, thats who votes. The audience at home pick the contestants for next week’s show. Can vote online for which contestants they prefer.

The formula: Describe the formula behind your format.  What makes it different to other shows?

The saboteur, not really been looked at before. The point of our show is to test human relationships and see how far people will go to win through deception, manipulation and sabotage.

What makes your show perfect? Why should it air now? And what is it doing that it new or different to what has gone before? How does is reflect today’s diverse audience?

No weekday game shows of today play people against each other. It fits in with todays society by the human interaction, people like watching people turn against each other and seeing how people react in certain situations. There will be audience interaction through the studio “panel” who will vote on who they want to be the next saboteur and also there will be chances for the audience at home to vote in on who they want the contestants of the next week’s show to be. This means the audience pretty much produce this show, with a little help from us. It is very much up to them how they play the show out and how they move the show forward.

Chris also made a poster for our auditions, which will be held on Thursday during our TV session. We will hand these out to the students around Coventry University and put them up in the Ellen Terry building:


I also emailed Karen our proposal for some feedback, this is what she replied with, so this is something I will discuss with the group on Thursday:

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Thursday 14th November 2013

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Thursday’s pre meeting plan

We are auditioning our contestants on Thursday session, so I have just made some brief notes on what we will be doing in the auditions. I have booked some a 60D camera out to film these with so we can look back at the auditions and discuss them further. I put together a form for auditioners to sign so we have a way of contacting them:


And just wrote down what I would be covering during the auditions.

Point 1: We won’t actually film the end of the show… so unfortunately no winner or real big prizes. We will film one round. W can promote people in the credits if they so wish

Point 2: Thursday 28th is filming date, let us know if you can’t do this date and we may be able to re arrange

Premise: It’s a new game show, 4 contestants. 4 rounds. The aim is to work as a team to complete tasks, but there’s a twist… One of the contestants will try to sabotage the game and make the team loose, it’s the other team mate’s jobs to guess who the saboteur is. If the group guess correctly, the saboteur will leave the game, if they guess wrong however, the person they guessed will leave the game…. A new saboteur will be picked by our studio audience each round. Until the final round, where there will be a face off between the last two contestants!

After all points have been covered and are clear, we will get the potentials to say their name and what course they are on/what they do for a living. Where they’re from and just something extra about them, like what they didg at the weekend. We will also get them to take part in some sort of activity, which I will discuss with my group before the auditions start on Thursday.

Thursday’s post meeting notes

So we started with a lecture and had a workshop afterwards. During this workshop we discussed the feedback Karen had given us above and she gave us some advice on moving the show forward. This advice was to split the work and do it in smaller groups, otherwise everybody just relies on someone else to do the work and nobody ends up doing it. So this is what we did with Chris and Dec working on the graphics and title sequence with Sarah, our set designer and Fiona, Danielle and I working on the task idea. Our director, Daniel and Kieran our sound operator sat in on us doing this work.

After the workshop, we all headed up to the studio to start preparing for the auditions. We set the studio up with chairs and such then all sat down to discuss what we could get the potentials to do during the audition. We came up with the idea of doing an acting game, where we would give them a word and they would have to act out the word without saying it. It would the other players’ jobs to guess what the word is. These are the words we decided to go with:

  1. Churning butter
  2. Riding a see-saw
  3. Planking
  4. Riding a Segway
  5. Stubbing your toe
  6. Having a nightmare
  7. Flying a plane
  8. Flossing
  9. Sky diving
  10. Tourist
  11. Unclogging a toilet
  12. Pumping a tire
  13. Loosing keys
  14. Modelling
  15. Winning the lottery
  16. Feeding a baby
  17. Riding a roller-coaster
  18. Having a shower
  19. Waxing
  20. Being a T-Rex

So I began writing these words down and cutting them up so they were easier to be picked. Then we just waited for the contestants to show, we unfortunately didn’t get much interest, with only 1 person showing up genuinely interested in being in the show. This was quite a blow and we will now need to re think how we get contestants to take part. This also meant we couldn’t really do our acting game. We all decided to re-arrange the interview for the following Tuesday, I also emailed Stephen Dawkins, a Media Production lecturer to see if he could get any of the first years to come along on the Tuesday.

Tuesday 19th November 2013

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Tuesday’s pre meeting plan

On Tuesday, we will have a script ready to go through, so we will be able to do a proper run through with the team. We also have some more auditions, so hopefully people will turn up to these and we can get the ball rolling on our contestants.

Tuesday’s post meeting notes

On Tuesday, we were supposed to have our auditions again, but nobody turned up so we are now all thinking about a better way to get people on the show. I have emailed Steve Dawkins again, who will hopefully be able to find some more people for us with a less formal approach, just either emailing me or turning up to the studio on one of our session times. We were also missing 4 members of our team, so a run through wasn’t possible. The director had been constantly missing sessions and leaving early, he had been suffering from a cold/flu, so we made a unanimous decision to demote him from this role and put him on auto cue, as we just couldn’t risk him not showing up on the day due to illness and missing any more sessions. This now means I am the new director, as well as producer, with Chris, the vision mixer’s help. Dom was also supposed to bring in a script ready for us to rehearse, but as he didn’t turn up, this also had to be done by myself. We started it in the session and this is something I will complete by Thursday.

Thursday 21st November 2013

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Thursday’s pre meeting plan

After Tuesday’s session, I realised there was still a lot for us to get through, with me being the new director and having to write the script. We started the script as a group in the session so I worked on this and completed the first draft that evening.

Manipulation draft 1

I then worked on the running order so we could do a proper run through on Thursday.

Running Order

I also set people individual tasks to complete for Thursday session; I asked our presenter, Dom to read through the script and note down any changes he thought needed to be made, I asked our sound operator, Kieran to get together some music that will go in the show in the editing process, I asked him to do this now because finding music takes a long time so it’s best if we can get that ready now, I made this a lot easier for him by noting on the script the music that would suit that situation the most

Manipulation draft 2

I also asked our floor manager, Fiona if she could do a risk assessment of the studio on Thursday and to find the appropriate forms for this.

Health and Safety Guide (added Thursday 21st November 2013)

I then spoke to Sarah, our set designer to see if she could get the set design ready and start working on it for it to be ready by Tuesday 26th. She said this could be possible and that she will start it later in the day (Wednesday 20th November 2013)

Having spoken to people separately and given them a set goal to work towards, I think they will actually complete these tasks and feel this is something I should have really been doing from the start. From now on if there is a certain job that needs completing, I will speak to the person individual to ensure this job is done.

After I had completed the script, I looked over it to see what was left to do, these will all be bought up in Thursdays workshop and we will be completing them over the next week.

  1. VT’s 1, 2, 3, 4: I will see if the photography room next door to the studio is free to film these on the day, after we’ve filmed the show. I will ask Fiona on Thursday if she can think of some questions to ask them that would get some interesting responses.
  2. VT 5: The demonstration…. This can be done in Tuesday’s session, 3 volunteers just to help Dom out. Will book out the 60D to do it on…. This does mean however, that the set will need to be done by Tuesday, which I have already discussed with Sarah.
  3. VT 6 and 7: Picking the saboteur VT’s…. We could film these first on the day so we can change the lighting easily…. Or just film them in sequence. I will ask the group what they think will work best.
  4. VT 8: I was thinking of just using access footage from the show and making it look like it will be coming up after the break. Could also film some stuff for this on Tuesday when we film VT 5
Task props:
  • Need balloons
  • Paint
  • Water
  • Tarpaulin
  • Table
  • Something to cover table
  • Cups – Wilkos
  • Mini hammer
  • White overall

I will ask people if they know of anywhere we could get hold of any of the props. I will also post on the FB group asking everybody to bring in their £5 for the budget on Thursday.

VT 1,2,3,4 will need kit booked out. This kit will be:
  1. Dedo lights
  2. DV Pro Mixer
  3. 2x 9v batteries
  4. Rifle mic
  5. Boom pole
  6. XLR cable
  7. 3.5mm Jack to Jack  cable
  8. Canon 60D
  9. Tripod
We also need to talk to group 2 about our set design and putting up the boards, they are not using the boards, which causes us a bit of an issue because we need them for our design.
Go through running order and script with everybody, mostly Dom
Think about contestants, might need to email lecturers again and go and speak to the performance lecturers.

Thursday’s post meeting notes

During our workshop with Karen, our presenter and new auto cue operator weren’t there, so we spoke to her about this and she suggested finding a new presenter, or making the script completely narrated, so this could be done by a crew member after the show has been recorded next Thursday. We took this on board and I started emailing lecturers again to see if they knew anybody that could help out. She also just checked our idea and that everything was ok. Due to people not showing up or not being on time for the majority of our allotted time, we couldn’t do a proper run through, also because 2 people had say they would complete a script and hadn’t done this, meaning I had to do it 2 weeks after it was supposed to be completed.

Before our TV studio session, I set the chairs out in the studio so we could all sit and have a meeting before we started. This was to go over all of the information put in my pre meeting plans. Everyone was happy with the plan for the VT’s and Chris and Declan said they would film the title sequence later in the session with Dom, as he had turned up by the afternoon and promised to be in on time and work harder from now on, meaning we didn’t need to look for a new presenter. We spoke to group 2 and asked if we could set the boards up in our Tuesday session and leave them up until we had filmed our show on the Thursday, they agreed to this as long as the boards are down by the time they use the studio on Thursday, so on Tuesday, we will all be setting up our studio, ready to film the demonstration VT. Some of the props are easy to get hold of by some members of the group, so they will get those together and bring them in on Tuesday.

Luckily, everyone turned up to our TV session so we were able to have everyone in their roles and do a proper run through with the proper script. This didn’t go amazingly well as it was our first go at it, it is also hard for me begin a director because we don’t have the contestants until the day, so I can’t plan where the cameras should go as there is no1 to cut to. I think setting up the cameras, lighting, sound and talk back went fine, we managed to do it all quite quickly with only one hiccup of the lights on the cameras not begin plugged in. This will all come together on the day, and a lot of pressure is taken off my shoulders due to the fact the show is not live. After todays session I am feeling a lot more confident about the end show and feel everything is in the right place for Thursday.

Tuesday 26th November 2013

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Tuesdays pre meeting plans

I have made 2 different copies of the script, one for the presenter and auto cue so this is easier to read and one for the narration, which will be done separately to the studio:


The only thing needed to be added to this is the running order times for VT’s, this isn’t necessarily important because we are not filming this as a live show, so there will just be a slight pause so Chris, the editor knows when to add them in during editing, but it’s still nice to know how long they will be and include them in the presenters script so he is more aware of the layout of the show.

Narration script

These will be recorded on Tuesday after our TV session.

I also asked Declan, our PA to put a copy of the running order into a doc file:

Running Order 2

This, however is not a very detailed plan so we will go through this on Tuesday so I, as director, am more aware of timings.

On Tuesday, we will out the set up, do a quick run through and film VT 5, which is the demonstration VT. This will give us a better understanding of how to set up on the day and how the balloons will pop and also, how messy the studio will get.

Tuesday’s post meeting notes

First, we did a run through of the show whilst we waited for Sarah, the set designer to bring all of the set design to the studio so we could attach it to the boards. I asked Dec to count down between each VT so I knew how long we had in the studio. This helped a lot on the director side of things as I was able to plan  which camera’s to take a bit better. Obviously, this will all change on the day because we will have presenters in the studio, so the cameras will be set up differently. It took a long time to work out timings in the gallery with Declan, so the studio crew got a bit annoyed at having to wait around for so long, but I did pre-warn them about this before we set up. There was a lot to get through in the session so my role as a director meant I wanted everything to visually look nice and sound nice, and my producer role wanted everything to run on time. This was very hard for me to balance, which meant I did get a bit stressed out, this got worse as the day went on.

Running Order 3 (Incomplete)

The run through went quite smoothly in terms of director decisions and presenter’s timings, by the time we had finished, Sarah was ready with the set so Chris, Kieran, Dec and Dom went to get the boards from the store cupboard. Unfortunately Bex wasn’t around to ask about drills and screws, so we decided the best thing to do was send a few people into town to get some screws. We also needed paint, balloons and cups for the task, so this was quite ideal. It did, however, mean we had to wait for them to come back as everything we needed, they were going to buy. So in this time I went through the running order and made sure this was clear in my head and also went through the script again, checking it was ok. Once they had returned, Chris set to work on attaching the legs to the boards. We were still unsure at this point how we were going to attach Sarah’s set (which was done on wallpaper) to the boards, so I went off in search of a staple gun. We also needed a table for the challenge and I also wanted to book a photography room out for Thursday to film VT’s 1, 2, 3 and 4, so I went to reception to ask where I could find out all this information. They said the table in ET reception was fine to borrow and that performance might have a staple gun and directed me to a number to ring about the photography room. I called performance but nobody answered so me and Declan went to see if we could find someone, which luckily we did and they gave us the staple gun. I rang the room bookings number but the person I needed to speak to was unfortunately unavailable until after 1. Once the boards were up and the set attached, Chris and Kieran went to get the table whilst Danielle, Dom, Fiona and I tried to work out how we were going to pop the balloons. Once we had put a bit of water in the bottom of the balloons, they worked fine. All of this took a very long time to set up, and it was 12:50 by the time we were ready to film, with the other group due to use the studio at 1, so the stress levels were very high. Just as we were ready to film, the fire alarm went off so we had to evacuate the building. This ate into our time slot so by the time we were back in the studio, it was 1:10. Luckily, the other group hadn’t arrived yet so we were able to just quickly film our VT. Unfortunately, this took another 10 minutes due to the balloons not popping and us having to reset the challenge. This also meant the equipment was back late and the other group couldn’t get it out until late and they had missed 20 minutes in the studio, there was nothing to be done about this but apologise to the other group for eating into their time.

Thursday 28th November 2013

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Thursday’s post meeting notes:

Thursday is the big filming day. The contestants are lined up ready to arrive at the studio at 9:00am on Thursday and the set is up ready to film on.

I have posted the plan for Thursday schedule on our FB group. This plan is:

1. Film VT’s 6 and 7 first, so the lighting is continuous throughout the show.

2. Film the show from the start, until the end of VT 7, where the contestants can have a break while we set the studio up ready to film the challenge.

3. VT 8 will play, we will stop filming to put the studio back to the original set up (Which will need to be added to the script as an extra VT, pushing the current VT 8 to VT 9)

4. Once the studio is set up, we will film the picking of the saboteur and end on VT 9.

5. After filming, a smaller team will go next door to film VT’s 1, 2, 3 and 4.

6. We all go and celebrate at the pub and transfer for the footage to Chris’

Other preparations for Thursday are:

1. changing the script slightly, because we may only have 3 contestants and to add in another VT to make it easier for us to adapt the studio.

2. Looking through the running order with Declan

3. Recording the voice overs with Dom, I am hoping to complete this by Wednesday 25th.

4. Filling the balloons with paint and water, ready for the challenge on the day, this will be done on Wednesday evening.

Thursday’s post show notes

The show could have been set up quicker, on paper the show looked great, but there were things we didn’t think about before hand. These were the contestants, we weren’t great at working with them and I think they got a bit confused. We also couldn’t plan ahead with the contestants in terms of camera angles and what we would do with them between shots, like when we were picking the saboteur, there was nowhere they could go. We told them all to wait in the lobby area of the TV rooms, but they could here what we were saying about picking the saboteur, so this meant we had to rethink who we picked and made it easier for them to guess who the saboteur might be. We also struggled when one of the contestants was in the studio and we were picking them as the saboteur, as we had to show them which cups would have paint bombs in, which meant we had to set up the whole task with them still in the room, meaning they were in the room for much longer then the other two contestants, making it easier for the other two contestants to guess what was going on. This could have been solved by having more contestants and doing run throughs with different contestants earlier on in the week, so we were more prepared on the day.

We also needed to practise the task more, we did do some tests with the balloons and felt we had got it just right so they would pop once being hit, but this wasn’t the case, and only one of the balloons popped on que. We could have counteracted this by testing the balloons several more times with several different methods to see which one would work best, but unfortunately we just didn’t have the time. Other then the mistakes with contestants, the show ran quite smoothly. Once the task had started I liked the dialogue and conversation between the contestants and felt this really added something to the show, you could tell they were starting to doubt each other and I felt this really showed what the programme was about, and showed that the format would work.

I think we have left quite a lot of work for editing, which needs to be done by the 5th, 1 week from today. So we need a rough cut ready by the end of the weekend. Chris, Dec and I will then have a meeting to see what else needs to be done. This meeting will be held on Tuesday.

After the session we went into the photography room next door to film 2 of the 3 contestant VT’s (Nathan had to leave by 12.) This didn’t go very smoothly, the camera wasn’t recording properly and the sound also wasn’t working. This was down to the Mic not working, so we had to use the attached mic on the camera. One of the dedo lights also had a broken bulb, so we couldn’t use these either and had to just use the house lights in the room. When we had eventually set up the camera, we did a quick casual interview with Onyi and Chi, our contestants and just asked them a few simple questions. We wanted these VT’s to go at the begging of the show, just to give the viewers and insight into the contestants lives and thought processes, but they answered the questions as if they had already done the show. We should have done a few more takes, getting them to say different things but we were running behind schedule and they needed to leave. This means we will have to change the position of the VT’s in the edit.

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

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Chris (Vision Mixer/Editor) Dec (PA) and I met up on Tuesday to look through the edit so far, Declan had been working on the VT’s as there was a lot of work for Chris to do. We added these to the edit and started to look at things we needed to do to make the edit come alive a bit more. Dom and I had met up the previous week to record some voiceovers but unfortunately these didn’t quite fit with the edit, so these will need to be re-done. I had asked Kieran (sound) to look for some songs to add to the edit so we will add these in the next session when the edit is almost done. I also asked Nathan, one of our contestants, if he was able to come in on the Wednesday at 1 to record the introduction VT. He said this would be fine, so we will see if the photography room is free again and book out the kit ready for this tomorrow. Now we need to add the voiceovers to the edit, add some dramatic music, finish off the titles and just a few small things, like continuity errors. These will all be done in tomorrows session.

Wednesday 4th December 2013

Chris, Declan, Dom and I had planned to meet up at 12:45 in the photography room, if it was free. Luckily it was so Dec booked out the equipment and we set this up ready for 1 to film Nathan’s VT. Unfortunately, Nathan didn’t turn up as he had a hockey game at 2, we did tell him previously that we would be done in plenty of time but he felt this wasn’t enough time. This was the only time we could film his VT , so we will now need to rethink how we work around this in the edit. After we found out Nathan couldn’t make it, we waited for Dom to arrive so we could do his voiceovers in the radio suite. Once these were done, we added them into the edit and it instantly felt more complete. We then added the music to the beginning and the picking of the saboteur bits. We added a few more things, like transitions and text and now we need to dim the lighting on the picking of the saboteur task, add some hashtags for our twitter users and do a bit of colour grading. We will meet up again tomorrow at 1 to see if there is anything else we need to do. The next step is distribution. I have set up a website for our show: http://manipulation1.wix.com/manipulation which we will all help to edit ready to put our finished video on. This will also be put on our Facebook and Twitter pages to see if we can pick up as many views as possible.

Thursday 5th December 2013

The edit was almost there so we met up with Daniel to get the title sequence he had been working on and just spiced up the edit by adding a score board, the names of the contestants and some arrows so the viewers know which cups hold the paint. We also made the edit flow a bit better by getting rid of a few extra shots that weren’t really needed. After this we exported the show and uploaded it to the Vimeo page.

262 – Role Research

After being very unsure on which role I was going to apply for over the summer, I will do some research into several areas, to see which may suit me the best. I know I don’t want to be a floor manager as I have previously had experience in this role and want  to do something different to challenge myself. The roles I will be looking further into are Director and Producer. The reason I picked these roles over other, more obvious roles like camera operator, sound or lighting is because I felt these roles would challenge me and push me to achieve my best.



Directors are mostly involved in the creative side of the TV production. It’s their vision that comes to life on the screen. Directors control the look and sound of the production, and how technically sound it is. They work with most members of the team, including Camera Operators, Sound Operators, Presenters and Set Designers, working most closely with Producers and Writers. Director’s need to be creative and precise, planning the production down to the last detail, so no footage goes to waste. They should know exactly what is happening at each moment during the show and understand the importance of a scene and what is happening in each shot. It is usual for the director to carefully read through the script before meeting with the producer and other heads of departments.  This means the director can go into the meeting fully prepared and able to voice what they think needs changing. They are very much a creative wheel, and would probably change the script to add more tension or drama or a change a shot so it visually looks better, where as a producer would go to that meeting and discuss technical or logistical issues that have cropped up. The script will then be sent back to the Writer to add or change anything, then, once it is finalised, it will go back to the director who will make camera scripts and running orders to give to other crew members.

“Directors are responsible for the creative and technical aspects of producing finished programmes, working to the Producer’s budget.” (Skillset)

The director has to be able to speak to all crew members about all types of things, so a general knowledge on all technical aspects is required. They may look at which microphones to use, which cameras would work best, and the best way to set up the lighting, as well as many many more. For live, multi camera filming, directors are put under a lot of pressure and stress, they control the whole programme so need to be quick, sharp and ready to make hard decisions. Multi-tasking is key when directing.

After doing a bit of research into this role, I have decided to go against being a Director. I think it would be very challenging and also fun but I would like to stay away from the more creative side of TV and concentrate on the production itself.

Skill set. Directors – TV. Available: http://www.creativeskillset.org/tv/jobs/production/article_5473_1.asp. Last accessed 30th Oct 2013.




Producer’s are in charge of organising the show. They hire crew members and presenters, get people together for meetings, go through the script with the scriptwriter, talk with the director on any changes needed, make sure crew members are happy, make sure locations are sorted, make sure equipment is all ready to go. They are basically the brains behind the show, where as the director is the heart. Producer’s need to have good time management skills and organisation skills. They need to be able to make tough decisions and sometimes be the bad person. They also need to be approachable, so if someone has an issue they know they can talk to their producer.

The producer will mostly liaise with the director and all head of department. Producer’s are also in control of distribution, marketing and budgeting. They should arrange for the show to be aired and advertised correctly, and ensure everything is made to the budget’s requirements.

I feel this role suits my personality quite well and is the role I will definitely be auditioning for. I helped out our producer quite a lot last year and found that I naturally solved questions and picked time for meetings, so hopefully I will fit into this role quite easily. If I am unsuccessful in being picked for this role, I will apply for the director’s position.