Above is my groups Radio project, the project has also been uploaded to Vimeo. But I will now explain the process over the last week or so that lead to this.
Last Tuesday we had our interim critque where our script and running order were looked into, We were given positive feedback for where our show was at that point, we shown the script which was posted in my last 262MC post, That day we also recorded our soundbites for the second round, we spent a while discussing what we would get them to answer for the round and then recorded the piece on Jambo’s sound recorder, we decided to go with this rather than the radio studio as we wanted to make it sound like we did get the sound from elsewhere (their home or via telephone etc) we defiantly didn’t want it to sound like it was recorded in the same room as Jim’s bit. We then spent the next two days practicing and were happy were we were apart from a few minor changes which were reflected in our script
The major concern we had was for our ‘sound’ I tried to gain original sounds that would suit a radio one esque vibe, I used the who wants to be a millionaire sound as an example but i wanted something slightly more light hearted, however we couldn’t get sounds that suited this feel in time, So we made the decision to go w/ retro video games sounds as it added to the light hearted side of the quiz which was emphasized in the non-prize that was the dairy milk bar.
On the day of recording itself, we ran into a few problems with sounds, the sounds we got from the on the move recording were much louder than we anticipated and adam’s was distorted at the start, we did what we could with it, but it was impossible to fully sort out this problem, we also had an error in the script which I failed to change which caused an error in our first couple of attmepts,
we recorded the show about 5 times, our last 2 were nearly flawless, I ended up using the final recording for the edit, there was very little for me to rectify and most of what was edited was just gaps between jambo being silent and the jingles or songs starting.
all in all I’m very happy with this piece, I feel I got a great group to work with, I feel that any problems we had we’d take on well as a team rather than leave it all to one person and I personally was glad to have a much bigger voice in this production than what I had in both TV studio projects.
Feedback on my radio piece is greatly appreciated I realize there are faults and I wish Jim got a question wrong so we could get our antagonist host some more chances to show that off.
Til next time wordpress.
About Fifteen minutes ago (yes, really I’m that quick to blog) I was at BBC CWR radio to have an interview about a possible placement. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog before but for the last few weeks I was desperatly trying to get a CV sorted so I could make the deadline for this. Fortunatly I made the deadline and was lucky enough to be offered an interview this morning with Duncan Jones of CWR and Shelley Stevenson of Coventry University (also in charge of the radio side of 262mc more on that in another post.)
In preperation I was asked to listen to Coventry & Warwickshire’s breakfast show with Tim & Miriam. I was asked to critically analyise the show and come prepred to talk about what’s good about the show and potential improvements. I also practiced interview techniques as it was my first interview for anything not to do with university for a long time.
So what happened? I hear you ask, Well I was meant to be at the interview at 11.20am but decided to leave a bit early so I could make sure I was there on time, I ended up being at the station at about 11:05 and we decided to have the interview early. I don’t know what to think about the interview, I think they liked what I had to say about the show and about myself and my previous experience, but I think I let my nerves show alot in the interview and also had little to say about CWR in general, I’m not a regular listener and that shown in the interview and may well count against me, I also could not think of any questions to ask in the interview.
Overall: I’ll find out in the next 24 hours or so if I will have a placement from this interview, whether or not I get it I’m glad I had the oppurtunity to go to the interview as I certinanly now feel I need to practice and perfect my Interviewing techinquies, I don’t think the interview was a failure but I certinanly feel there was room for improvement…but for now i’m crossing my fingers and looking in my E-Mail.
Earlier today I took part in a Television pilot for a show being pitched for ‘BBC3’ called ‘Blind Faith’ the idea of the show is a sort of mix between ‘Blind date’ and ‘X Factor’ where the judges are not aware of the ‘look’ of the contestants and can ‘only’ judge contestants on their singing ability rather than their look and/or their marketability.
For this production which we filmed in The Ellen Terry building, I was a camera operator, occasionally switching between cameras 2 and 3 my main focus was on getting the shots of the contestants, on camera 3 I would have a head to toe shot of the contestant singing and camera 2 would be focusing on a close-up of the singer, Camera 1 (which I never touched) was focusing primarily on the judges.
the filming took about 2 hours after a few days notice for planning. We managed to get a few contestants to appear on the shoot, but the whole thing felt a bit rushed, we were short on staff hence why I was in control of 2 cameras at times and it was also suggested that some of the crew would need to ‘sing’ on the show due to small amount of contestants, (thankfully that didn’t happen) The footage we acquired will be edited later in the week, hopefully I can get involved in the editing aspect of this project.
In reflection I felt the project was a bit rushed and could have done with a bit more planning, however it was good to be able to work with somebody who has had experience in formats production before and also worked in BBC television and sport. I feel that if this was done again in the future we could make a more professional job out of this with more cast and crew.