Over the summer we were given a choice of which module we would like to do this term, ‘Sound’ ‘Documentary’ or ‘Formats’ I decided to go with formats…on Tuesday 12/10/2010, I settled in for my first lecture.
During this lecture, items were discussed and videos were shown to help us to try and understand why certian TV and Radio formats were successful, particually in the panel show and quiz variety. we watched a clip of Deal Or No Deal’s first ever $1,000,000 winner and tried to understand, how a show where no skill is apparent and in fact all the contestants really ‘do’ is open boxes be so successful that it has spawned remakes the world over. The answer that we came to is that the show (as well as many others inc: X Factor) rely on the ‘human’ aspect of the show, it is more a one off drama about this person’s wants. needs and opportunity’s than it is about the game, in fact i’d argue the game is just a way of getting an extreme reaction from a person, these can vary for sheer jubilation to humiliation and depression. Games like ‘GoldenBalls’ also add in an aspect of betrayal into this by pitting the two contestant’s ‘trust’ against each other at the end.
I posted this video on Facebook as well and below are a secletion of the responses the video provoked, this shows that these type of programmes can raise a lot of emotion, not only from the contestants but from the audience aswell
We were then asked what role we would like to do this year, I went for ‘Vision Mixer’ again. As you may know I did this role for ‘The Gents Show’ last year and really enjoyed it, however my competition was tough, I had another 4 people going for that role and there was only 2 positions available, I failed to gain this role, the primary reason I was told was that I did the role last year, which I decided was fair enough and set my sights on doing camera work.
We were then put into a group, I was placed in Group A and we would work out who would be in all the remaining positions (the positions taken so far were ‘director’, ‘producers’, ‘Vision Mixer’ and ‘Presenters’ as mentioned before, I decided to go for camera there was 4 of us going for the role of camera but only 3 cameras available, again there would have to be a discussion, however instead of the lecturers this time, it was left down to my group. We all left the room as our group came to a decision, when I returned, I discovered I was offered the role of Camera 3, In my opinion the best of the 3 cameras at least in past experiences.
we then had a practice session and decided to meet up again on thursday to discuss any ideas we had for the task we’d been given, this was to create a ‘Quiz’ Show for TV and Radio, this large group was the TV group, however I also organized a group with Sam Soane and James Dann which will come into more action in the middle of November once the TV quiz is finished.
On the thursday we met up in the common room to discuss what ideas we’d like to make into a show, we seemed to go down the idea of a movie quiz show and would discuss it further on tuesday…unfortunatly I was ill on tuesday and failed to make it into university that day, but as far as I’m aware the idea was shot down and the group decided to change it, when I met the group up again on thursday I discovered the game had morphed into a show based ‘loosely’ on the game show Jeopardy, but I decided to add a twist into inspired slightly by ‘In It To Win It’ on BBC1, I will do my best to explain my variation of the rules of our show below:
- Three Contestants work as a team in Round 1 to build up as much money into a pot as possible
- Contestants have a choice of 6 catergories each with 5 levels of difficulty
- The higher the rate of difficulty the more the question is worth, ranging from 200-400-600-800-1000
- If a contestant attempts a question and get’s the question correct, then the number is added to the pot
- If a contestant attempts a question and get’s the question incorrect then the number is subtracted from the pot – unless the pot is Zero in which case the pot stays at zero
there are two different endings we have for this round, one is that whoever puts in the most ‘share’ into the pot takes the lot (e.g: C1 puts in £800, C2 puts in £200 and C3 puts in £1,400… C3 would win the entire £2,400 pot) or alternatively the ‘after the break round’ which would not be filmed would be a 3-way fight for the entire pot. meaning the (forgive me please) ‘Weakest Link’ would still have a chance of taking all the money…I’m going to something I’ve never done on this blog before and place a poll, please let me know which idea you prefer to end the show on, bear in mind that the 2nd round probably won’t be filmed…
I’ve been tasked with coming up with 20 questions for this show 10 in the field of music and 10 in the field of general knowledge, 10- because we will be filming multiple takes of this show and don’t want the contestants to feel they know the answer in 2nd or 3rd takes. I would place the questions on the blog but I’m worried the contestants on the show may read them, so you will have to wait to see them until after filming i’m afraid.
Until next time wordpress.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM, PLEASE DO NOT READ BELOW THIS NOTE:
Ok, so for those of you that have seen the film, WOAH! It’s been a long while since I’ve seen a major blockbuster that geniuenly left me with such shock and surprise, The acting was great, the special effects were amazing and the script for the most part was brilliant with no major plot holes that I could see on my first viewing, even if the twist that Dom planted that idea in his wife’s head was way too easy to predict, but the main talk amongst movie critics before the movie came out and now, is ‘Are the common movie going public prepared for this?’
Now, I can understand the reasoning for why people would question this, sure people like movies that make them think now and again, but they don’t usually make Hollywood blockbusters, particularly in the midst of the summer ‘allbeit this is the weakest summer film season in years’ and when you consider the typical garbage that can make millions, you can see why people may look down on the common movie going public in the same way a lot of people (I’ll admit myself included) can occasionally look down on the common Music single buying public.
That doesn’t make it right to believe that the vast majority of people wouldn’t be able to follow the plotline because mr and mrs average wouldn’t be able to listen for 20 minutes while people explain things and that the film would flop because people wouldn’t ‘get it’ I’m happy to say that the sound I heard in the cinema at the end of this film was the same sound that is being heard in cinemas across the world and that was a wide variety of gasps and groans, but not in a bad way, these people for the most part went on to talk about the film and how they thought it had ended, it gave people a lot to think about, this could have ended horribly if people didn’t ‘get’ the story, this ending could have easily been met with disgruntled moans and boos.
I guess the point i’m trying to get at is, I think that the movie going majority have surprised Hollywood here, I think we may be start to see a rise in intelligent blockbusters, I’ve grown bored of tired, average and predictable blockbusters (see ‘Clash of the titans’, ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Prince Of Persia’ and on hind-sight in terms of the story ‘Avatar’ as well) and as a closuer I’d like to praise Christopher Nolan for a job well done in creating this film and I hope that oscar nominees await this film in many departments.
P.S: I feel disgusted I have yet to watch ‘Memento’
P.P.S: Oh, if anyone from the academy reads this, Oscar Nominations for Toy Story 3 aswell please, as that was awesome too.