Previous Work

Recently, I have reviewed some of my old coursework in sixthform, to observe how my work has processed and changed. The work which I have attatched was from my media project, which we had to create a short music video. I feel the video turned out quite successfull as we achieved over 4000 views on youtube and large amount of likes. We also reviced good feedback from our course leaders. With the skills I have obtained through university, I would have definately used diffrent software to edit such as avid, to make the edits/cuts more creative.

Insight To Becoming A Radio Producer

Currently, I am the producer in my radio group which is a role that I hadn’t experienced before. From being the producer, I have learnt that my role consists of writing the script, creating the running order, organising meetings and creating ideas for the show. Although it has been hard work, I have enjoyed the role, therefore I have taken further research into it as a career.

On the website prospects I have found that some of the responsibilities include:

  • Generating and researching ideas for programmes and pitching for commissions
  • Developing content, writing material for scripts, bulletins and links
  • Sourcing potential contributors and interviewees
  • Selecting music appropriate to the programme, the audience and the station
  • Producing pre-production briefings for presenters, reporters, technical staff and other contributors
  • Managing the logistics of getting people, resources and equipment together at the right place at the right time
  • Undertaking editing, interviewing and reporting duties as necessary
  • Presenting programmes or managing presenters for both pre-recorded and recorded output
  • Checking that copyrights are cleared and understanding media law
  • Converting text, graphics, video and audio files into other formats
  • Contributing to, and making use of, an archive of audio resources which can be re-used
  • Responding to audience feedback, referring on to other departments as necessary
  • Producing and making use of user-generated content
  • Using technology, such as Cool Edit Pro, Pro Tools and Adobe Audition, for editing and production purposes
  • Ensuring that health and safety standards and trade union requirements are met.

I have found that the salaries vary depending on the employer and location. If working with a local, commercial station your salary could be between £13,000 and £16,000. However, if you are starting as a broadcast assistant at the BBC you can expect to earn a minimum salary of £15,700 for local stations, or £20,000 within London, then work your way up with the relevant experience to become a producer and earn from £21,000 to £37,000 depending on the level of responsibility and whether you are based in London. Sometimes working hours may be long and unpredictable, typically including unsocial hours such as shift patterns covering evenings, weekends and holidays.

For more information you can look at websites including:

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/radio-producer

https://readingagency.org.uk/young-people/003-skills/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-radio-producer.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1c3cbrk9nryqm33xWFxhFbl/what-does-a-radio-producer-actually-do

Location VT

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dLocKuo9PO0128b3d3PpboEhxwfWFDXX/view?usp=sharing

I have uploaded a link to view one of my most recent pieces of work for a locational VT as one of our projects for uni. For the video I took on the role as the camera operator but helped with the producing (by organising meetings) and with the sound. Due to certain circumstances, we had to re-shoot the video very last minute so their are a few problems with the sound and the video didnt turn out top quality. I have definitely learnt from this as next time I will particulary pay attention to camera exposure and ensure with the team that soundchecks have taken place.

Radio Coursework Role

As part of the coursework for presenting and writting for broadcast, we have been assigned to create 15 minute comercial radio for capital south coast. In a group of 4 we had to decide on roles that we would take upon us the roles consisted of:

-Main presenter – presents the show and is the main anchor of the show when it goes out

– Producer – oversees all content, leads brainstorming sessions, writes scripts, running orders, schedules etc

– Studio Manager – responsible for driving the desk during the broadcast. Also responsible for loading all music, audio etc to the computer system. Will need to liaise with other members of team to understand scripts, running orders and timings

– O.B presenter and producer – organises the O.B section of the broadcast and the audio package. Liaises with contributors, sources location and content and presents on location in the show

– Audio and Social Producer – responsible for the audio package element of the broadcast – editing the package, sourcing interviews, etc. Also responsible for all social media promotion of the show.

As I enjoy writing, and wanted to attempt a more demanding role, I offered to be the producer. This meant that I had to listen to multiple broadcasts, research news that would be appropiate for our target audience and do a lot of research as I realised that writting a radio script was more difficult than I had expected. We needed a second presenter for our show as we had a smaller team. However, because Onder is incontrol of the OB and Dom is incontrol of running the desk, the only person liable is me. So I have now taken on the role of being the producer and the second presenter. So far it has been quite challenging and I have altered the script multiple times but finaly I am understanding how to write a radio script for a commercial radio programme. I keep updating the team on changes made and will ensure that they are happy with the content before we have our run through.

My next steps are to get the script checked by my lecturer if possible and to organise a run through to obtain accuracy with the timings.

Previous Work Comparison

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SLtIqE2ccpDDfErM2-JmkCU34CyWRk3_/view?usp=sharing

I have inserted a link to some previous work I have created for my sixthform website. Because of the type of file I am unable to upload the video but you can view it through the link.

In my sixthform I did volutary work with the communications team, to create video’s for the Cheney website. For this video I did the camera and sound which wasnt top quality because of my resources at the time, however, I wasn’t part of the editing.

Their is a lot I would do differently if I was to re-do the video such as ensuring the sound isnt as echoed or matching the quality of the diffrent clips. I feel I have progressed alot since creating this video in May 2018. However, it’s nice to look back on old content as see myself progress forwards.

Tony Mortis Talk

On the 20th of March I attended a talk by Tony Mortis about copy write issues. He told us a story about a film maker, an actress and a musician who created a music video together but didn’t have any copy write documents between them which caused confrontation and legal issues.

What I learnt from the talk is that you should always write your ideas down, as something to refer to so that you have a copy write, and that you need to transfer the ownership of copy write.

Talk on Mandy.com

Today, I went to a presentation which I got tickets for about a website called Mandy.com. The presentation provided information on careers in television and theatre production and how to make your CV stand out to companies.

Mandy.com is a website created by a woman called Mandy herself which empowers professionals to find careers in TV studios, on movie sets, in training institutions, events, concert halls, theatre companies and art collectives. They support members as they promote themselves and network across the arts and media industries.

The second part of the presentation was about writing a CV that would stand out to professionals, in which I took some photographs of the slides. I found this extremely helpful, as I am not particularly strong in creating CV’s and now I have some useful tips for making it better.

At the end of the talk, I spoke to David (the presenter) which he gave me his email, in case I wanted him to check my CV or needed any contacts within the television industry, as he was an experienced television producer.

Insight To Becoming a Camera Op

As I am particulary interested in becoming a camera operator for television I have conducted some research about the role. I came across the website ‘My World of Work’ which gives you an understanding of the type of hours you may be doing, and an estimate of pay and employability rates. I researched a few diferent websites to see if the information was simular and they all concluded around very simular information.

What I learnt was that a shift normaly concludes of:

  • set up and positioning of camera equipment
  • choosing the most suitable lenses and camera angles
  • To plan and rehearse shots
  • To follow a camera script and take cues from the director, or floor manager if in a TV studio
  • Solve any practical or technical problems
  • Work closely with other technical departments, such as lighting and sound

The average UK salary is £32,760 and the UK employment status for full time is 45%. Hours could often be long and irregular, and may include shift work and nights depending on the production.
Location work could be anywhere in the UK or overseas. News camera jobs may involve working under difficult or dangerous conditions such as riots or war zones.

However, after conducting my research I have not been put off but more driven to work harder. As I now understand more of what the role includes. I would also like to do further research into diffrent roles such as a floor manager and a producer of radio to see if it is a job that I may consider in the future.

Some of the websites:


https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/job-profiles/tv-or-film-camera-operator

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/tv-or-film-camera-operator

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/television-camera-operator

Charlie Watts Talk

Recently, I attended a talk by Charlie Watts, who was one of the producers for one of the Uk’s most popular shows ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here’. He talked about not only his role, but also the roles of the other staff and how tough it was for them. For example; The staff would have to wake up at early hours in the morning and head down to the show, where they encounter challenges such as spiders and snakes crawling up them whilst recording the live footage. He presented to us the scripts, and how it is written and showed a sketched map of where the diffrent staff would be allocated. I found the talk really inspiring to me as I am particularly interested in live recording for television and ‘I’m a celeb’ is a show my whole family would watch together. However, he revealed that its not a simple job and you do encounter many challenges mentally and physically.

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