After the initial gridlock we encountered trying to leave London, filming actually went very well.
On Saturday, whilst traveling back to London, I had sent and arranged for contributor consent and location agreement forms to be signed before we began filming.
It’s incredible what actually goes in to filming. I sometimes forget that it’s not a case of turning up at a location, sticking the camera in someone’s face, and then leaving.
On Sunday night, we then went to film at the Eurovision Preview Party at The Shadow Lounge.
The worst part about this filming was not having another room to conduct the interviews in. When originally told about this filming, we were led to believe we had a separate VIP area but on arriving, the separate room was unavailable. This meant some very crafty microphone work had to be done.
I’m praying that the audio won’t be as bad as I thought. I’ll have to put the transcript up though for multiplatform accessibility reasons.
Tomorrow I shall begin editing together the footage shot on Thursday night, which seems like an age ago!
Sorry I have no pictures of my expedition, but I shall promise to take more in future
The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.
It’s been almost a week since my last post and I apologise for that. With a weekend shoot, a birthday and an illness to contend with, my blog unfortunately took a back seat.
Shame on me!
Where was I up to….
Ah yes, the shoot with Tommy and Lizzie from SYTYCD went really well and ran smoothly; in and out in 20 minutes.
Both Tommy and Lizzie were lovely and really helpful. They had clearly been filmed a lot in recent weeks, as they didn’t have to be told twice about putting a question in the answer.
I did have to ask Tommy to repeat one question, as I realised I hadn’t framed the DG logo out correctly. He was fine to do that and it meant I didn’t have to spend hours blurring it out in post production.
I shot it on Z1 and used dedo for catching the interesting brickwork in the background. The actual room was well lit with natural light because it had large windows.
I sat the two interviewees facing slightly away from the windows so they were softly lit.
Once the interviews were done, I went back to the office and edited the footage together using AVID. By the end of the day the interviews were ready to be viewed online.
It was an interesting difference to the day I was about to have, filming for Dragons’ Den Online using a DSR 450 camera.
Ahh back to the big boys! How I’ve missed those cameras…
Posted in Editorial Guidelines, Shoots, Technical Skills
Tagged AVID, dedo, DG logo, Dragons' Den Online, interviews, Lizzie, So You Think You Can Dance, SYTYCD, Tommy, tripod, Z1
Editing for any website, at times, can be a difficult thing. You have to manage a polished sequence with half the resources (if not less) of a linear team and much, much less time.
This week was a good example of this and for those of you that read my other Blog entries, you’ll know the fun it brought.
A video to accompany the adventure is now available*
*Please read in an advertising VO style for this to have full impact.
Next Shoot… looks like I shall be interviewing two contestants from SYTYCD if the contract with the location all goes according to plan.
At the moment they want a deposit up front and we don’t usually work that way round.
The two people I am interviewing only have an hour to film with and there’s no point in dragging them across London for such a short time. Also they are rehearsing all so it’ll just needlessly tire them out.
Hopefully it will get sorted tomorrow and I shall be able to get these interviews. Otherwise I may have to wait until next week.
The Risk Assessment was signed off today for the shoot which is good.
Meanwhile I am going to collect the kit tomorrow so I can check through it before I head to location and it’s back to the editing station so I can complete the judge comment mash-up.
And in unrelated and boring news, I also have to pay my council tax first thing tomorrow morning woohoo!
Posted in Editorial Guidelines, Post Production, Shoots
Tagged contracts, council tax, filming, interviewing, mash-up, risk assessment, shooting, So You Think You Can Dance, SYTYCD, Voice Over
It’s strange uploading pictures to a personal blog because in the back of my mind I am constantly plagued with questions about editorial guidelines and whether they would pass compliance.
Working at the BBC for 3 years means I have sub consciously been programmed to review all published content, even if it’s for a personal site.
I found myself questioning a picture of my editing station the other day because it had a picture of a water bottle in it… how peculiar!?
This time I have blurred it out, although the UK law has of course, recently changed. What will the world be like now?
Well one thing is for certain, and as a friend recently pointed out on Twitter, it will hopefully mean the obvious coke glasses on American Idol will now be visible… will it?
These are my own opinions and views and not those of my employer.