Week Five TV Studio

This is it…our final week before the live show!


More time would be nice, although honestly after this weeks success I am confident we will pull it off. The start of the week we encountered a few problems, we starting planning and practising questions for the Storm Trooper, but were still waiting for him to respond and confirm. Also our timings keep changing and for some reason; despite filling 10 minutes (leaving 2 minutes for the performance at the end of the show) Tuesday’s session left us short – and we were all slightly confused as to what had changed. Other than that it was running smoothly, and falling into place well.

As we got into midweek things improved dramatically…

The final script was uploaded to the Facebook group for the presenters to learn and go over, and more importantly we had some new and really impressive graphics created by our producer, Laura uploaded onto the Facebook group, we all gave our feedback and the overall consensus of the group were in favour of using the graphics and everyone was really happy with the outcome. It definitely fit the theme with the starry, outer-space background and engaged the viewers attention straight away, which is what we want when introducing a show. On the 9th we got an expert confirmed, which was a huge relief. Our expert: Michael Soper is currently researching electroquantics, investigates UFOs, he has written and been published many times in the field of science, maths and more specifically UFO’s and he seems like a perfect guest for our show. The script writer got straight onto writing up some questions for the presenters to ask him for our last few run through sessions.

Myself operating sound

Myself operating sound

In terms of sound I have all of the levels sorted, we have been lucky in that nothing has peaked or had any particular trouble – all except for some trouble with interference still, this is an annoyance but, generally it has worked fine. I noticed some problems with the radio microphones at the end of Friday’s session. Normally if there is a problem with the microphones I can fix it but this was a pretty strange noise, and we ran out of time before I could really look into it, the lavalier packs were working fine and there were no problems with the rifle microphone so I knew it would be a case of going through the lavalier packs menu and seeing what exactly was not right. We also decided to hire SM58 microphones as well (two of these) for the live performance, which has also been confirmed – a member of the crew knows a band and the frontman was happy to come a long and play his guitar and sing. As rifle microphones don’t pick up musical instruments too well, and SM58’s are widely used amongst singers and work brilliantly. As I have used them before for musical shows such as ‘We Will Rock You’ I think they will give us a clear and pleasing outcome.


Week Four TV Studio

We’ve just entered the final few weeks as we have now headed into May.

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We have a well established Twitter, Facebook and YouTube page so we can add external links to our website and this is in keeping with our audience participation. The VT team have been uploading all their work onto the YouTube channel so we can see what they have done and it’s all looking really good.

part of the set design

Unfortunately, our studio session on the 2nd of May was cancelled as many people were not able to come; but we had a session on the 30th and a three and a half hour session on the 3rd of May so we didn’t really miss out. We have been in the position this week where we are able to run through the whole show (obviously our performance isn’t in the studio with us, neither is the expert) but we are accounting for this and practising the interview with the expert now anyway with a stand in (Laura the producer) so the presenters can get used to the types of questions they need to ask, how to respond, and improvisation if necessary. The presenters are doing really well, they’re definitely becoming more fluent and relaxed now they know the script and it’s looking good.

We managed to get our Sennheiser radio microphones this week, we set them up with no problems, and got a good signal through – for a while. People not turning their phones off in the studio can cause interference with the lavalier packs, which produces feedback coming through the speakers, this I really do not want on the day! And it’s not very nice to listen to in the mean time. Also, set put up a ¬†plasma ball on a stand – it looks really good and it’s definitely effective. Unfortunately…when turned on plasma balls interfere with electric devices, which are crew noticed as it can alter things on your phone and it’s comical, but it interfered quite heavily with the radio microphones frequencies and this did not sound good at all. When turned off it was fine, the lava lamp had no interference and we got through a productive session.

Our expert has unfortunately fallen short after asking for ¬£80 and then not replying to the producer so we are considering the Coventry StormTrooper – so we’ll have to see where this ends up but it should be finalised soon.

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The P.A’s have been posting their timings so far; we still have not met the 12 minute mark, we are quite short at the moment but all of our VT’s have now been filmed, edited and uploaded and we have manage to have run through’s this week with all of the VT’s so we now have a better idea of timings and where we need to fill more time in – for example after our final VT we have decided to include ‘Rey’s review corner’ where he will briefly talk about the documentary and his experience with UFO’s and if the film influenced him.

Our social network links:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/pages/NET-TV-Do-you-believe/135399439975225?ref=ts&fref=ts
  2. https://twitter.com/NetTvBelieve
  3. http://www.youtube.com/user/NetTVDoYouBelieve?feature=watch

Researcher role for UK360

So, I have begun searching for relevant, high quality documentaries made by small UK based producers e.g. student films.

It’s not as easy as typing in what you want on YouTube or Vimeo or Google, because they never give you what you’ve searched for, that or you find a documentary with great subject matter which will fit the content of a UK360 programme perfectly, but the quality is just not TV worthy at all. OR you find a documentary that in technical terms, looks brilliant, but the subject matter is just not there. Another thing that I cannot stand is all of these unnecessary ‘artsy’ shots that randomly appear for no reason, that seem to drag out for half of the actual film with no known relevance, please stop!

I have found some brilliant films, and the search is not over, and won’t be for as long as I manage to deliver decent pieces…they are out there, they just aren’t easy to find!

Wish me luck on my quest..