The Work Of Shaun Jacques


The Gents Show

The final show is availbe via this link

Whilst having out presentations today I thought about how we could distribute this. The best way I feel would be online like we have via Dailymotion, if possible I would like to put it on iTunes as a podcast, but how could this be marketed?

Well first, we’ve started off quite well with a website and a twitter page, this would help promote our show and let people know that it exists but we would also have to advertise it well in more traditional methods, perhaps an ad in a newspaper or a plug on a television show of some sort, as well as that we would have to work on our image, especially if we were to charge for downloads as people want to see that they are paying for quality and anything that looks cheap won’t be paid for, I noted that most covers for podcasts on iTunes are more like traditional CD covers rather than DVD’s (i.e square not rectangle) with this in mind I quickly created a podcast cover for our show, if it where available to download as part of podcast service.

I wanted to give the image a dark feel but at the same time make it quite bright and lively,without it looking cheap. Comments would be great as I am still trying out new ideas in photoshop, but I wanted to try and link the work in 113 MC to the photo editing skills I am developing outside the course,


The Final Shoot

On the day of the filming shoot I was instructed just before I left my house by our producer Jake to get some blank discs from the city centre on the way to the shoot so we could burn the music loops which can be heard at points in the finished product, I met up with our camera operator Sam Davies and we searched through the town to get some discs for the job (not actually as easy as it sounds all the usual places had sold out of them) we then met up with our group at the ellen terry building where they had just booked out the equipment and were fireproofing the set ready for the amazing G’s wallet trick. (you know just in case)

We then started to build the set, I helped by bringing in one of the couches and then mainly passing pins and other such items to the people putting the wallpaper up, at the end i pretty much did the same roles dismantiling the set except this time i was on the ladder bringing the wallpaper down.

I was impressed with how quickly we managed to sort the set out this time, it was easily the fastest run through we had, once I sat down at my desk I asked emma to put up the first graphic so I could take out the blue ready for the first take, I made one error at this setup however, I forgot to turn the dial which controls the crossfade to zero it was instead set to two seconds, which creates a nice fade effect but not what I wanted for the initial shots. (although to be fair to everyone the first take was more of a test run anyways)

We were accompanied in the gallery by Bex, Karen and Karen’s son, I found this at times to be a bit distracting particularly during segments where I had to do several things at once, Also our last take was quite easily our best and this was when we were left to do it ourselves so I believe I’m not the only one that was able to work better with just us there.

As mentioned above, our last take was our best and is the one that we handed in for marking but we did have a couple of problems including camera 2 jumping whilst the programme monitor had the image up, but all in all everyone seemed to be at thier best for the last shoot.

Here is the running order of the show and what I had to do for each segment.

  • Show Menu (00:50) – chroma blue out of graphic and then place it over camera 2’s shot then remove the image and fade into VT
  • Title VT (00:10) – fade into intro to ice skating VT
  • Intro to Ice Skating VT (00:50) – switch cameras so that they were on the person talking and then to camera 2 as they introduced the piece then fade to VT
  • Ice Skating VT (03:35) – at end fade to studio
  • Interview with Mike Smith and Disco (02:30) – again switch between discussing cast and also make sure the scene opened with the jib shots and also to chroma in mike smiths graphic when he sat down. then fade into VT
  • Voxpops VT (00:50) – fade into next piece
  • Football Vs Rugby debate (01:00) – same technique as the interview – the graphic
  • Introduce man up challenge (00:30) – fade out to Vt
  • Man up challenge VT (02:30) – fade back to studio at end
  • VT disco/agony aunt – (01:30) – This was a fairly easy part as it required little camera changes
  • Competition Plug (00:30) – I placed the competition GFX on after she started the question and then faded into the two male presenters
  • Introduce G (00:15) – Made sure the camera was right at the fade and stuck with it until they actually introduced G
  • Magic Tricks (02:00) – Chromoerd graphic and constantly switched camera
  • Presenters join in (02:00) lots of camera switching again
  • Wrap up (00:40) chromored out blue from VT (not as easy) and stuck with camera 2 for the ending then faded to black.

after all this we cleared up and we celebrated a job well done.

Facebook group pictures

Because the group was set to private I am unable to show you the page, but here are some print screens of the Gents Show page.

Backstage at the gents show

This is footage our presenter Natalie filmed for us while we were setting up the set.

she has other videos but please note that while the Gents Show is pre-watershed some of her videos certainly are not.

My personal development during Broadcast Production

I took on the role of vision mixer during this module, this was a role that I had no previous experience with, so obviously I had to learn how to use the equipment and this taught me a number of things not only about my role but about the roles of the people around me and how I needed to work together with them.

Hard at work at the vision mixing desk

As well as this I needed to help out with other aspects of the show, we all turned up for the first few script meetings and laid the groundwork for what would become the gents show, within a few days we pretty much knew where we wanted to take the show and this was then scripted later on.

I also helped film the ‘Football’ VT in which our group went into the streets of Coventry to ask for people’s opinions on the best ever football players and who they’d want to play in the upcoming world cup. This was a lot of fun to film and we all did our part to try and get some varied and interesting people for the shoot.

We all gave a big hand in designing the set, pretty much everyone can be proud of that in my opinion, this was where the teamwork aspect of the gents show really shown through, I’m not a fan of producing sets nor do I believe I am any good at it, but it was a great team effort that we all put in to make it work.

didn't really stop to take pictures, notice your blogging hero's shorts to the right of this picture.

But to even begin any of those we always needed to keep in touch with each other for any changes and to know when to meet up, I set up a facebook group so that the group could inform everyone of any ideas, meetings and changes that were being made.

It was especially important for me to know the running order and in particular what shots Director David wanted and when he wanted them, this would mean that I could work through my task mainly without him needing to say so as I would be fully aware of what he’d want and at what time he’d want it.

Our practicing sessions were always a good laugh and we’d almost always get the set up (well what we had at the point anyways) it was good to see everyone working together to setup but at times I felt that there were almost too many of us in the room at once leaving some of us not feeling needed (i.e: only two people could really setup the set as we only had one ladder so there was little else to do but watch for everyone else) once we were in our mode I was surprised how seriously we all took the practicing sessions each and every time, I was worried that people would just think to leave it until near the end and just joke about at the start, I’m glad to say I had no reason to worry, everyone seemed genuinely interested and determined in making the orange group the best group of 113MC.

at the start I had a go at as many roles as possible and I continued to have a go at some roles in my own time, I had a few tries at graphics to use in the show, I had a go at some sound mixing, I even gave a cheeky hand to my friends in blue group by working as a second camera operator for one of their cooking VT’s (which at the time of writing I’m not sure if they used or not)

unused graphic

So as a conclusion I believe that this module went really well, there were a few problems that I forgot to mention such as some of the group having more input than others, everyone getting a bit stressed near the end and a lack of a solid group idea for set until near the end, but apart from these now forgotten worries, everyone worked well as a team, despite it’s size compared to other module groups I believe that this is the best team I have worked with in Coventry. I believe I have developed a number of skills in this module and I am looking forward to continuing it in my second year.

‘The Role Of Studio-Based Programming In The 21st Century’

That’s it folks…The Green group finished recording the one and only gents show, expect to see a few behind the scenes and making of posts either today or tomorrow but now i’d like to talk about why we recorded the show in the first place.

It’d be far to easy to answer that question with “…because we were told to” but we were obviously told to because studio based shows still have a huge role to play in the modern age despite the fact they are no longer essential for filming as they were 20 years ago. Shows such as Match of the Day, Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, The One Show and This Morning can still get huge audiences by going out live or in most cases as live. As well as the shows previously mentioned The recent political debates commanded in £8m+ viewers.

‘The Leaders Debate’ setup

“Why are Studio’s used to make programmes when tape is cheap and easily available

I believe that one reason why studios are used to make TV shows are for shows that just have to go out live, obviously the news has to appear in a studio like environment, but as well as that shows like Britain’s got talent would lose a lot from being recorded outside of a studio based film style as the audience participation would be out of the window and also they could find out spoilers from the recording if it did not go out live. as for recorded studio based shows, I believe these are still used as the location of the shoot can act as a comfortable place for the viewer day-after-day or week-after-week, eg: it wouldn’t be good if the Friday Night Project’s set kept changing as a lot of the show works because of it’s presenters and how the stage is set, it would be near impossible to do that in any other style. I believe the recent revival of studio based programming is down simply to the internet, I believe that the freedom and influence (even if self-deluded) that the internet can provide has required that the audience has a say in how there shows end up, almost certinanly gone are the days where only a panel of judges have a say in a talent show without any form of public vote. The audience likes to participate in their shows again hence why a lot of shows have websites, forums, twitters and facebook’s to ‘support’ their audiences opinions and thoughts. I think that as audience participation and individual worth in the media becomes more and more valuable these type of shows will only keep going and spawn a variety of similar spin offs, similar to the rise of ‘Reality TV’ shows such as ‘Big Brother’ in the early noughties.

“What are magazine programmes and Why do audiences like them?”

Magazine shows are just what you’d expect a televisual equivalent to a paper magazine, some are specialist in their audiences such as ‘Top Gear and ‘Match Of The Day 2’ while others are far more general such as ‘the one show’ and ‘This Morning’ but why do audiences like them? In my opinion it is the fact that the majority of them aren’t too challenging or threatening. many go out during either day time TV or just when people would be returning home from work, the viewer would most likely either be in the middle of work (if working at home) or just home from work and would not like to be stressed with further problems than the one’s they are just in the middle of, this is why these sort of easy to digest shows work because you know what to expect and nothing is going to threaten how you think of the rest of the day on say ‘this morning’

“What are the limitations of  magazine shows and How can they be improved to ensure that they continue?”

There are many drawbacks and limitations holding back studio based shows these include the costs of running these shows as they require a lot of people (our show involved 17 people + Guests and even then it felt that we were short staffed) as well as that they are difficult to manage for a director especially if they go out live, problems could range from sound problems with mics or if going out in the day issues such as out of control guests and swearing.

The above example is taken from breakfast show GMTV and was broadcast live, now while this was going on the director had nothing else to cut to, if he cut the band off he’d of had two very red faced presenters with no idea how to carry on and probably an even bigger embarrassment than what he had at the time, this shows the problems with live television and also live magazine shows, especially when you get guests that don’t want to be there or are causing a nuisance

^^another example of disruption in a live magazine entertainment show.

Other problems of magazine shows are to just keep them entertaining without going into too much depth (unless you are a specialist show like Soccer AM or Top Gear) it must be hard to strike a balance between entertaining the viewer without challenging them and just plain insulting their intelligence. As mentioned previously i reckon one way to guarantee magazine show’s continued continuation is through audience participation, the audience whether they like to admit it or not want to have their opinion on a show noted as they feel as continued viewers that they are a part of something, on magazine shows this used to be just a little competition plug or perhaps a quick question now and again but now adays many magazine shows have huge forums devoted to just one show with many different topic areas covered in just a single day if enough people are on board, it must fuel some ideas for more shows as well as allow the presenters to ‘read out’ thoughts of those participating online. as social media and the traditional media combine, this will continue to evolve, in an age where you can now buy your Television with facebook and skype installed so you can talk about the shows as you watch them to millions of people around the world, it can only continue to influence the audience control in a program and that favors studio based magazine shows as they can interact a lot better with their audiences than a taped broadcast can.

“Consider other types of distribution for magazine based shows”

Other types of distribution could be the world wide web, for example UVTV do a weekley podcast highlighting the best in underground punk and metal music, these usually last an hour it’s not impossible to assume that there are some magazine show podcast available on the internet, another one which for the moment at least may be more financially viable is DVD releases, as a child I used to collect a manchester united football based magazine VHS which was updated bi-monthly, this is something that has also been done with video games and cars but it is usually accompanied with a paper magazine.

However beyond these two mediums i don’t see how a visual magazine show could be distributed apart from via television.

Task 3

apologies for the low sound levels.