The purpose of the “Studio Production” module was to produce a live studio programme in a team, starting from the pre-production stages right through to the live studio broadcast. Each member of the team was assigned a studio role that they would carry out throughout the course. The different roles available will be discussed in more detail later.
Television studios supply the appropriate environment and coordination for making live studio programmes. Everything that goes on within a studio can be properly controlled and gives you the opportunity to get the best use out of the equipment; such as cameras, lighting and sound etc. Television studios are convenient and spacious enough to create sets and hold an audience. The audience are often there to interact; either by asking questions, or simply to laugh in the right places and give the presenter(s) someone to bounce off.
Live studio programmes generally come as daytime or late night chat shows or discussion programmes.
Daytime television has programmes such as: Ready, Steady, Cook, Paul O’Grady, This Morning and Loose Women. The media is the biggest cause for stereotyping, and daytime television is usually directed more towards women, who stereotypically are the ones at home in the day, whilst the man is at work. They are also for students and OAP’s who are also thought to be at home watching television. As these programmes are intended for the daytime, the content of these programmes must be suitable to be shown before the watershed.
Late night television programmes are on after the watershed, so are allowed to be more risqué. These programmes usually consist of a presenter, guests and some debates for factual or entertainment value. Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Match of the Day, Parkinson and the Friday Night Project are all examples of late night shows.
Discussion shows like Jeremy Kyle, Trisha Goddard and Question Time are often on during the day too, again its target audience being women, students and pensioners. There is usually a presenter who raises three or four different news or topical issues that are discussed, or problems are solved.
There are many different roles that need to be undertaken in order to make a live studio programme: •Producer – they create the show and are responsible for the studio equipment and crew, as well as the content and timing of the programme. •Director – it is their visual input that makes the programme what you see. They are responsible for the overall flow of the programme, the shots, what cameras and graphics are to be used and to direct the crew. •Vision Mixer – they are responsible for the output of the live programme. The director instructs what shots and graphics are needed and when and how they are transitioned, whilst the vision mixer gets it done. •Presenter – the one who delivers it all to the audience, reading from the autocue and adlibbing. •Scriptwriters – they write the programme script, so often the producer, presenter and prompt operator will be involved in the scriptwriting process. •VT & Graphics – Graphics, titles and Astons are all designed and created for the programme. The VT’s are the videos used as cutaways in the programme to essentially give the presenter a break and to possibly change the scenery/area. Both work closely with the vision mixer. •Lighting – lights up the set, presenters and guests accordingly. •Sound – testing sound and responsible for the audio set-up. There are usually two sound engineers working on one programme. •Camera Operator – operates the camera. The director tells them what shot they want and the camera operator generates it, quickly framing and...