This final module has gone by so quickly, and it seems strange that only a few weeks ago none of us had stepped in a TV studio before; but despite that, yesterday we produced a show that we are all proud of. Yes, it wasn’t perfect, things went wrong, but in my opinion we all worked together so well, Laura and Ross (producer and director) did an amazing job of organising everything and keeping us all informed and up to date, so I’m really proud of us all.
Sound wise, specifically, there were a good few problems! Whilst setting up I went to sound check the radio microphones and realised we were getting a lot of interference, it was beginning to look as though we wouldn’t be able to use them at all – I did ask the producer to book out extra rifle microphones in case the radio microphones didn’t work properly, but you can’t control the sound levels as well without them, and it’s important to mix down all the individual voices. Luckily, Paul was on hand in the office and I quickly asked him why they weren’t working. It turns out some of the radio microphones had been put on the same frequency, so we changed each pack to a different frequency, it wasn’t perfect because we didn’t know what frequency we should have been on (we would need to ask at the media loan shop) but there was minimal, if no static or interference after that and we got started straight away.
There was a few things I would have liked to do differently, I wanted to fade down the music on some of the VTs using the channel faders but I couldn’t un-mute all of the presenters, expert, and rifle mic at the same time as fading it down, which was a nuisance as it would have sounded a lot better. Also, one of our SM58 microphones for the final performance stopped working halfway through our studio time, we didn’t really have the time to fix it so a rifle mic was positioned by the performer to pick up some sound – though rifle microphones really do not work great for musical performances. Overall, there was no peaking, all the sound was cued and muted at the right time and the audio came through clear so it was a success.
Overall, the 161 module has ranged from creating modernised fairytale stories, making mash-up videos, and finally…the TV studio task. I personally enjoyed the TV studio and whole second half of the module more than the first. I understand that the fairytale task helps us to think about multi-platform media and the ways we can use social media to our advantage but I didn’t feel very involved in the first half of the module because we were working in groups and there wasn’t much to do. However, in the TV studio we all had our separate roles and separate experiences. Every role was a really important link, and if people didn’t turn up it effected the rest of us. We did have a few people not turning up a lot, obviously if you have a genuine reason and let the producer know it’s completely understandable; but we had a bit of a struggle filling in for people who weren’t there, and trying to work around it. But everybody turned up on the day and set up within 15 minutes.
I have definitely learnt a lot about the industry, social media, our own personal profiles, and teamwork. I’m currently working on a better logo for my profile, and constantly putting my name out there, applying for jobs, voluntary work, internships etc as often as I can and keeping my appearance on social networking sites professional. I think Transmedia was the most interesting and helpful part of the module because it’s a new phenomenon, which has changed the way we see and interact with the media. I’ve got more experience now with creating my own facebook page for my films and
work, as well as interacting with media businesses and companies through Twitter, such as: UK360, Media Volt, ITV careers etc. This way I can get involved with their work and keep up to date on projects and workers needed. It’s so important to stay up to date with the media trends and stay in the know of what is going on in the industry, and what will be the next big thing. If you’re not going to keep on top of the way the media world is working then you won’t get anywhere, it changes so often. I’ve also been involved with an upcoming short film with a few other students and we created a wix website for the film, facebook page, and twitter page so we can start gaining an audience, interact with the audience and publicise our work – and it’s working.
I now have valuable industry experience, and have a much better idea of what it is like to work in a TV studio. We know more about all of the roles, how important they are and how to work under pressure – as well as gaining first hand experience with the equipment. I had never seen a vision mixer before this module! Now I know how to use one and much more other professional equipment.
Watch are show here!