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Evaluation June 9, 2010

Filed under: 113MC,113mc presentation — annajocelyn @ 10:24 pm

For this module we were put into groups, there were four different colour groups that were made, Red, Orange, Green and Blue. I was put into the red group with 15 other people, I had only ever spoken to  couple of these people which made working with them slightly difficult at the beginning as no one knew each other.

During our group meetings we had many ideas come out and no one was scared to put their views and ideas forward, this helped us slowly get to know each other, as the term grew on and we started to spend more time together so did our friendships and we realised how well we got along with each other, this made it very comfortable and easy to work with each other.

Once we had all our different ideas together we started to work on different job roles within the TV studio, this was so that each of us got to see what part of the studio we liked working in and this then led on to us pitching why we wanted a particular job role and why we thought we would be best for it.

I believe that everyone who got the job role that they first pitched for was well suited for the job, as the production went on we realised that some people had to be re assigned their job roles, this was mainly due to attendance issues and how we couldn’t actually rehearse in the studio without them, this therefore caused some awkwardness within the group when they came in and knew we were being serious about replacing them.

We had a rehearsal in the studio every week, this helped us know what things worked for our show and what things needed to be changed, this included when one thing was changed how did it work with the rest of the show, we also had our guests come in as much as possible so that we could get all our timings properly.

As we neared the date to film live we managed to all go in for some extra times to complete our task 3. This was lots of fun however when we were put in front of the camera we all pretty much forgot what we were saying and this just made us want to keep re filming it. I think this made us lose time on what we should have actually spent going through the piece of work.

After one of our meetings a few of us decided that we would go set shopping, the people that came along were the people that tended to turn up to every session and who were willing to spend more time on the production to make sure we passed. We managed to have a laugh shopping and found it was a real good team building exercise in which we all enjoyed and went away knowing we all achieved getting to know each other better. During the set shopping we realised that it would have been good to have the whole team there as we found some things that we were unsure whether to buy or not and didn’t have the whole teams input on the final decision, this made me feel like we were not letting them have the choice where it was more their fault for not wanting to come with.

During our final assessment, I found it very hard to concentrate as soon as the lecturers came in, this is because even though I was treating it like our last and final rehearsal that had to be amazing, I felt pressurised that everything was going to go all wrong. However after the first run through I managed to calm down and get the lighting to plan and everything seemed to be okay until we had some problems with the graphics machine. Although we had some problems I think the show as a whole went really well and I am looking forward to getting our grades.

I think if we could do the show over there is very little I would change, one major thing that I would change was the groups, I think if the people who hardly turned up weren’t in my group we would have had everything sorted much quicker and then had more time to make sure everything was perfect. I think I would also change the wallpaper we had in the fashion/performance area, this is due to the fact I had many problems trying to get the lighting right without it bouncing off the paper.

Overall I really enjoyed this module and thoroughly enjoyed working with the group, I have made many new friends and have had a real good time.


Titles – VT

Filed under: 113MC,113mc presentation — annajocelyn @ 5:32 pm

Below is the VT we created for our titles.


Module Questions

Filed under: 113MC,113mc presentation — annajocelyn @ 5:25 pm

At the beginning of the module we were given a set of 4 questions that would help us reflect on what we have learnt from this module, Below are the questions followed by my answers for each question, where applicable I have included some links of websites that I have used.

Why are studios used to make programmes when tape is so cheap and available?

There are only a handful of programmes that use studios, without these shows, many of the programmes we watch on television day-to-day would be exactly the same. If you had a programme that always changed location you just wouldn’t be able to create a particular atmosphere that could work every single episode. Using a studio helps keep a sense of relaxation and helps keep the comforting homely atmosphere of many programmes such as This morning and The one show.
Being in a studio helps to control a main programme, being situated in one place helps to be able to move into other parts of the show and helps to use a variety of items which help to keep the audience interested. Studios often tend to have many different sections in which they can use to help break up the set and have different topics throughout the show. For example, This morning have separated their set into at least 3 different sections, they have their main stage in which the presenters sit and everything is very homely, they also have a kitchen area and a performance stage. (
Being set in a studio  is good for magazine shows like The one show, this is because if there is a big news story they would be able to easily cover it, however if they weren’t set in a studio this would cause some problems as they would have pre recorded it and not been able t show any news as the news that they would have recorded could have been outdated by the time the show is on air. (

What are Magazine Programmes? Why Do audiences like them?

There are two different types of magazine programmes, there is specialist and general, a specialist show is one like Top gear, where the whole show is about one particular subject, for instance Top gear is all about cars, whereas a general show is basically a show with a general topic, nothing is about one particular thing. Magazine programmes are made up of a numerous items, these are different depending on the type f magazine show it is, for example, Top Gear would have several items that are about or based on cars (
There are many items that magazine programmes can be made up from, these include; demonstrations,  Topical debates, performances and Discussions.

Audiences tend to like Magazine shows because they tend to know what to expect, someone who doesn’t enjoy cars most probably would not watch top gear as the whole show is about cars. In a general show they cover many topics which appeal to many different people, because of this content the audience can see what to expect in each show. Also as magazine programmes do rely on audience participation it helps the viewers feel more connected to the show and helps them like and watch the shows more. Many magazine programmes are shown during the day which makes them real easy to watch and connect to, this is good for the audience who like to sit and relax at lunch time and just watch something easy-going.

What are the limitations of magazine programmes? How can they be improved to ensure they continue?

I believe that specialist magazine programmes are more limited that general shows, this is because they are specialised on one particular feature they are more likely to rn out of ideas and items to use within the show and are more likely to become repetitive. Each episode should try to keep to a particular theme, this is so that you don’t end up with too many opposites which may end up ruining the show for many viewers.

To ensure that these programmes continue I believe that the shows should make sure they are always up to date with all the latest news and affairs, I also think that they should make sure they keep the sets and the whole presentation of the show in the current times.

As these shows do cost a lot of money, I believe that there may end up a time when they will be just cancelled, for our show we created we had many crew members as well as guests come in, this always puts a lot of stress on the director, also because shows are filmed live there are many different things that could go wrong. For example when we were filming our show live the graphics machine messed up and we had half the show with no graphics and the other half with the wrong graphics, little problems like this would cost a company loads and would also make the producer re think about whether it is worth to keep on the television.

Consider other sources of distribution for magazine type shows

Many things nowadays are available on-line. I think magazine shows that are shown on ITV  should be made available on ITV player, this means that the ratings would be boosted up loads.

Also many people use youtube to show off their work and to keep an eye on others, you are able to subscribe to channels if you really like their work and this ensure when a new episode or video is put up you are able to view it. If magazines shows went onto youtube they would receive many hits and be able to have their viewers leave comments under each episode to say what they liked the most and what they didn’t like, this means that the producer would see what the viewers want more of and less of.


Task 1

Filed under: 113MC,113mc presentation — annajocelyn @ 1:45 pm

For Task one we had to compare and contrast two magazine shows, for this I chose top gear and This Morning. Below are is a slideshow that shows my presentation for my task one.

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Lighting – Task 3 June 6, 2010

Filed under: 113MC,113mc presentation — annajocelyn @ 3:15 pm

My production role within the red show was being the lighting director. Below is a short Video which has me explaining my job role briefly to the camera.

My job role was to make sure that all the lights were positioned in place, I had to make sure there were no shadows on the presenters faces or within the show as a whole. I was in charge of placing the lights in particular places and making sure that the lights don’t bounce off the wallpaper and back drop. I am in charge of the lighting board which controls all the lights in the studio, below is a picture of the lighting desk.

Below are my lighting plans, there is a plan on how the lights would be set up in the studio followed by what levels would be up and using what channel

Presenters, Green Level, Channel A – 10

Channels   4 – 8 ,   7 – 8,  9 – 8

Home or Abroad, Both Levels, Channel A – 8, Channel B – 10

Channels   1 – 5,    2 – 5,    3 – 4,      4 – 8,      7 – 8,      8 – 7,     9 – 8,     10 – 6

Fashion, Purple Levels, Channel B – 10

Channels    1 – 5,     2 – 4,      3 – 4,     7 – 7,    9 – 7

Performer, Purple Levels, Channel B – 10

Channels    1 – 5,    2 – 5,   3 – 4,     7 – 7,    9 – 6