Overall this module has been my favourite throughout my entire first year within the media production course. I felt that this module has pushed me in terms of how much I contribute within group environments and allowed me to develop myself as a media producer the most. I believe that this was mostly because of my role, being the role of producer meant that I had a huge responsibility and commitment to the group. This helped me really get involved with every task we created, I worked really hard and often was really stressed but I still enjoyed every minute of it. I’d never put as much time or effort into any other module before this and I am very much looking forward to developing my skills within this field further in my second year. The module has also taught me a lot about team work and how important it is that everyone pulls their weight. Within the production we were reliant on everyone to turn up to rehearsals as everyone had a role that needed to be done in order for the show to work, even though this didn’t always happen as certain people would not turn up we still made it work as a team and did the best with what we could within every rehearsal. This module has helped me develop my professional, organisational, and leadership skills, overall I am happy with the outcome of our TV show, however it was not perfect. If i had the chance to redo this module I would spend more time perfecting and editing the VT’s we produced as they weren’t quite to the standard I would of liked and also spent more time dressing the set. However again these imperfections were due to certain team members not pulling their weight and we had to do the best within the time we could.
As producer I feel I developed my professional skills hugely. Within previous modules I had never had as much responsibility on me as I had with this role. Being producer meant that often I was in charge of the group, assigning roles in regards to the production of the show, organising rehearsals, booking out equipment/ TV studio, and making sure the running of the show was smooth. I believe that I handled all this responsibility well, professionally and created a calm and friendly atmosphere where if needed any team member could ask me for help and I’d try my upmost to resolve the problem. As producer it was my role to create and be apart of the production of the VT’s, I found the dancer/interviewer Jess and it was my role to get her number, keep in contact with her and organise the meeting of creating the VT. I believe this developed my communication and organisational skills in a professional environment. It was also my role to create the set of the show, I believe this helped my professional development as I wanted to create a set that worked. It was also my role to do all of the paper work needed, this meant that all consent forms and assessment forms had to be filled out. This helped my professional development as all the forms used were replicas of real productions paper work, this gave me a huge insight into what it would be like to be apart and in charge of a real production.
Within our Television production it was very important that we had different media forms such as social media within our show. Social networking and the internet has impacted the way that TV shows and films publicise their products. In the modern world social networking is a major part of both teenagers and young adults lives, because we has used this age group for our target audience it was very important that we incorporated this type of media into our show. Social media has changed the way that TV shows tell their stories and content, with constant referrals to the audience having their say, this is the media’s subliminal way of getting their audience to be active. Upmost it is the main way of getting audience interaction within the show, many TV shows such as “This Morning” want to hear what the public have to say this is why the presenters tell the audience to either Tweet or Facebook their thoughts after one of their stories, often at the end they will then read out some of the comments, this way the audience will develop a much more personal relationship with the show. We wanted to replicate this as much as possible in our show this is why after every story we told our audience to Tweet or Facebook us, we even let the audience decide the activity chosen for the next presenter challenge. It is important to have an active audience and I believe we were successful with creating one.
One of my main ideas I brought to the group was the VT where we created a ‘Presenter Challenge’. I had previously seen something similar on the TV show “Sweat The Small Stuff” this was also a main point of their show and believed it worked really well and engaged the audience with the presenters and thought we should try and replicate something similar in ours. We did this by having our interviewer and dancer Jess teach the presenters a dance routine it would then be up to our guest to decide who’s video would be chosen creating anticipation for the audience as to what one would be shown. As producer I felt I had a main role in making this happen and getting it to work as I was apart of all the pre-production, production(filming) and post-production(editing) of this task. The main focus was the build up to this VT, we got Peggy to dance to the rocky theme tune in preparation for the challenge and I believe this worked really well in creating the right atmosphere. This was also an idea I got from sweat the small stuff as they also build up to the challenge by having each competitor psych themselves up before competing. We then put our own take on this idea by creating the VT into a dance routine where the audience at home could follow, we did this by including the easier steps from the dance and have a step by step guide written on the screen of the dance movements. Overall I feel this part of the show came out really well and engaged the audience the most as they too could take part.
Today’s rehearsals was one of our final ones before tomorrow broadcast. Comparing both last weeks and this weeks I believe you can see how much we have improved and the journey we have taken as a group, the show runs much more smoothly, the set looks much more professional and all VT’s are complete.
Here is a rehearsal from the 7th of may, the main issue we had with this run through was that not all the VT’s were finished so we couldn’t see what the real thing would look like and not everyone was rehearsed enough so not everything was as smooth as it could of been. This shows as the presenters at times seem nervous and unsure of what they’re saying and at certain points are speaking into the wrong camera.