Monday, 12 December 2011



For our news package show we first decided to put together a short video about a Paralympic hopeful from the Manchester College called Emily Rawlins. After a few failed attempts to get in touch with her and get her to ring us back we decided to change our story to someone/something that we would be able to get in touch with and interview. When we first decided to the news package about Emily I had a feeling that we would have trouble getting in touch with her because she wasn’t in the same campus as us, which is also the reason why we didn’t do a news piece about the principle of the college.

Our new idea is to make a news package about the work being done between the music, and media students at the Manchester College. I think it is a good idea because it would help people understand a little bit about how it works when an artist is performing and being filmed. E.g. people may wonder how shows like X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent work. Although this may not be on a scale as large as those shows it gives the audience a little taste of what its like. Our target audience will me males and females between the age of 16 and 25 because I believe this is the age range of people that would be interested in how it all works.

The news show will be approximately one minute long. There won’t be a presenter or voice-overs, instead we will use questions posed on screen. It will include an interview with 2 students and a presenter about what both students expected and if there expectations were met. The package will also include performances from the music students and some footage of the media students when they are setting up and filming the performances.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Ricardo Vilela- Equipment List

Equipment List
Equipment list for the Music and Media
·      3 Panasonic P2 cameras
·      6 Camera batteries
·      3 tripods
·      3 dollies
·      3 BNC cable
·      3 XLR 3pin
·      3 XLR 5pin
·      4 Talkback units
·      4Talkback cable
·      4 Talkback headsets
·      1 Tricaster
·      1 Tricaster monitor
·      3 Sony TV monitors
·      RCA Male
·      Vision mixer
·      Sound mixer
·      Headset for director
·      Chairs for Interviewer and interviewee
·      2 Boom microphones
·      1 XLR cable

Ricardo Vilela- Call Sheet


Production Base
The Manchester College
Fielden Campus
Barlow Moor Road, West Didsbury
Manchester M20 2PQ


Live Show- Two-Way Productions
Manchester College Television Broadcast Year 1
Location- Fielden Campus, Barlow Moor Road, West Didsbury M20 2PQ, Telephone- 08000688585


Call time- January 18th 2012
09:30 – 12:30 Crew briefing and studio set up
12:30 – 13:00 First group record their interview
13:00 – 13:30 Our group records our interview and its streamed online
13:30 – 14:00 Third group record their interview
14:00 – 14:30 Forth group record their interview
14:30 – 15:00 Fifth group record their interview
14:00 – 15:15 De-rig equipment


Two-Way productions, production team
Producer- Matty Jump
Director- Ashley Artingstall
Floor Manager- Abid Ali
Vision Mixer- Fred Velody
Camera 1- Mikael Hasanzad
Camera 2- Andy Greenland
Camera 2 assistant- Nyasha Tsikai
Camera 3- Nabeel Rafiq
Sound Operator- Andrew Tabner
Online Streaming- Imogen Howkins
Lighting- Studio


Presenter- Erin Roche
Interviewees- Kassem Berraies and Music Student

St Marys Hospital
Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9WL
0161 276 1234

Police Station
Bootle Street City Centre
Manchester M2 5GU
0161 872 5050

Catering- Canteen on ground floor and Restaurant on 8th floor

Contact List
Matty Jump- 07725111402
Ashley Artingstall- 07518936629
Abid Ali- 07707707868
Fred Velody- 07984611594
Mikael Hasanzad- 07707312860
Andy Greenland- 07583163205
Nyasha Tsikai- 07402898638
Nabeel Rafiq- 07544012078
Andrew Tabner- 07999442163
Imogen Howkins- 07922300337

Monday, 5 December 2011

Final Blog

Filming Techniques

Filming techniques are important in order for the director to be able to portray his thoughts onto screen.  They can be used in different ways to depict different stories, e.g. if a director wanted to show a scene that was scary then they would probably not use a tripod to give the audience a shaky shot which would be seen as unstable and risky.

Interview Techniques

Interviewing a subject can be tricky at times especially when its someone you expect to approach and interview because you won't know what to expect from them. It is usually best to prep a person before you interview them and make sure they feel comfortable in the environment. It is important to ask the right questions and in order to get the most information out of the interviewee you should ask open questions. That way you have more footage to cut through for your final interview.

Health and Safety & Risk Assessments

Risk Assessment forms are essential to a shoot because without a risk assessment being completed, a shoot could not take place. It is very important to highlight the dangers when working in a studio or on location because when you work in the TV industry then it is likely that you will be working with heavy and hot equipment. There are usually wires running across the floor and it is important to keep them covered. Health and Safety risks like those are avoidable by filling out a Risk Assessment form.


A copyright logo/notice is used to identify to the world that a piece or work/idea has copyright ownership. To copyright an idea is the job of the owner/creator and does not need permission from anyone else. If someone copyrights there work/idea it is piece of mind for them to ensure that their work will not be emulated.

Sound/Audio and Lighting


The use of sound/audio is very important in news and news stories. Music, sound effects and dialogue all contribute to an overall news package. From the beginning of a news package, you hear music along with the graphics and then it cuts into the anchor speaking. News stories within the package also include sound with voice overs and interviews. The news without sound would not really tell a story which is why it is vital to the complete news package.

In our news package I don't think we will have any sound at the beginning of the news package because we don't have any graphics. Instead it will be an interview question posed on a blank screen and then the question will be answered by the interviewees along with sound from the music videos which they were involved in.


Lighting is essential in all aspects of television and can be used to set the scene for a shot e.g. blue colour would symbolise coolness and orange would symbolise warmth. Lighting in a news studio is usually preset because the director isn't looking for any particular type of lighting apart from on occasions where the lights will go dim at the end of a news package. It is very important when a news report is taking place at night that the reporter is well lit for the audience watching.

For our news package the interviews will have been shot using regular ceiling lighting and we won't be having a news anchor so there won't be any need for studio lighting. The cutaways being used have already been shot using studio lighting.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Peter's Blog- Practice

Peter's Blog

Roles that I've played.
  • Camera operator
  • Sound mixer/operator
  • Director
  • Floor manager
  • Camera assistant
During our production days there are different musicians coming in from another campus. We have two roles per day; one in the morning, one in the afternoon and because there are more students than there are job roles if you don't have a role you have to assist someone on their job. The reason for the production days is to give all of us students enough practice on setting up and using the equipment before the 10th and 17th January, which are our assessment days.

Day 1
When I turned up in the morning I was a few minutes late so I missed my job role and I had to assist Danny J as floor manager. It was our first day practicing our multi camera shoots so we weren't very quick. I helped out every one that needed me. I found leads and adapters for the camera operators,

Monday, 21 November 2011

Production Roles

Production Roles

Roles that are included in a production package for Broadcast News are:
  • Producer
  • Researcher
  • Director
  • News Anchor/Reporter
  • Camera Operator
  • Sound Operator
  • Editor
  • Graphics Designer
News producers are very organised and pay attention to every little detail. They have the ability to stay calm in pressure situations and have good news judgment. They can write stories in a short period of time and with very little notice. They write the news stories for the news anchors, organise the show, find leads for stories, time the program and they are the link between the director, anchors and the studio crew while filming.

A researcher works closely with the producer on finding a story and also getting information about a certain story. As well as contributing ideas to the show they also find sources for stories. More roles include organising, planning and researching everything that will happen during the program such as the location, who will be interviewed and if the budget will stretch.

The director works closely with all staff and is in charge of the design of the news package. They direct other staff such as the camera man, anchors and also work closely with the editor to project their ideas. Another important role for the director is to make sure everything flows well and is consistent so that the production meets the deadlines set.

A news anchor/reporter is what everyone at home sees when the news package begins. Job roles include telling the audience the news, which is usually read off a teleprompter unless they are at a location. The anchor will introduce the story and then move on to the reporter. Sometimes a news anchor will also make changes to the script to make things easier for them. The news reporter acts as a witness to the story as well as telling the audience. A key skill included in both roles is being able to present a news story.

Camera operators work closely with directors and using their creativity and operating skills they produce a wide range of filming styles that contribute to the overall view of the news package. Usually a camera operator on a news package will also work alongside other camera operators as many studio news shows are multi-camera. When outside of the studio a camera operator can also be a sound man if a boom microphone isn't needed.

Sound is very important in news because without it the pictures don't tell much of a story. Sound operators working in studios are in charge of setting up clip mics for the news anchors and also boom mics. During the news package the sound operator will keep an eye on sound levels and if needed they can turn down the noise levels if they are too loud and versa.

Editors create the overall news package. Putting together all parts of the news show to give the audience a complete package. They work with the director and channel the directors ideas and creativity onto screen.

Graphic designers are responsible for what you see on screen before, during and after a news package. Usually a graphic designers largest task is the graphics before the news starts when they have to design artistic graphics that lead to the opening of the news show. During the show the graphics we would see, most likely at the bottom of the screen are also done by the graphic designers as well as the graphics after the news show.

Monday, 14 November 2011

New Program Proposal

New Program Proposal

We have decided to change our program idea because we couldn't get hold of Emily, our main character from the last idea we had. So we have decided to change our story to the collaboration of the music and media students at the Manchester College. We have already got some footage and also shot some interviews with two of the music students when they came to perform. The news package interviews will include the expectations of both music and media students and also what they thought of it after it was all completed.

The news package will be 1-2 minutes long and will include interviews of both sets of students and also cut-aways of the music students performing. The program it self will be longer than 1-2 minutes, it will be 5 minutes long. The extended version will be the overall program which will also be used for Ricardos' lesson. The news package will be used as part of a News Broadcast to be aired.

Our target audience 15-25 year old males and females. Largely targeting college students that are interested in new up and coming bands.

VT will include bands playing along with the media students filming them along with voice from the interviews.
  • Production style
    • Title sequence - Follow codes and conventions already laid out by industry.
    • End credits - Either scrolling or maybe not any credits
    • Set design: 2 chairs, white background or possible green screen

The music students are on a similar course to us and both courses combine in an effort to help one another by helping the other students practice what they will be doing once they have finished their studies. Like us they also get an option to choose what they want to do in their field. They have many options from music performers, producers, musicians or technologists. We thought it was an interesting story because its not something you would usually see. Two opposite courses coming together to give each other experience in their own field as well as another and to give each other a piece of work for them to take away.

These students are also given the opportunity to work with professional bands and perform live shows as well. They use professional level equipment such as recording studios, live performance venues, industry standard software and industry level sound equipment. This gives them the opportunity to produce industry level music and performances.

Monday, 24 October 2011

News Style and Graphics

Ideas for camera angles

How will the news package look

Our news piece will be an interview along with some cut aways of Emily doing what she does everyday. To ensure that we get the best possible news package I think we should capture the interview as well as the cut aways from three or more different camera angles. For the interview I think first we should choose a particular location and also consider the background. The three shots I would suggest are a wide shot, mid shot and a close up. I would use a close up for when we're asking the personal questions and use the mid/wide shots for other questions. I would make sure she is away from any walls and maybe put a light up against the back wall to give the interview a nice touch. A good location would be at the college where she studies because it would be easier for her and probably make her feel more comfortable.

It'll be good to have more than one shot so that the interview doesn't look one dimensional and as a back up just in case one of the other shots isn't working well for us. Another good back up for the interview and to make it look more interesting will be cut aways because they give the audience more of an understanding of what the new package is about. For the cut aways I'd like to to show both sides of her life. One side of her when she's in college learning and the other side when she is training for the upcoming Paralympic.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Program Proposal


We had to think of ideas for a news package which involved the Manchester College. We thought of a few ideas including, the Principle of Manchester College, Higher Education courses, Student fees, Tutors and Student lifestyle.

We have decided to make a 30 second news package on a student from the Manchester College. Emily Rawlins will be competing in the London 2012 Paralympics. She is 3rd in the world for hammer-throw and 12th for discus.

I also researched INAS which is an international charity and the recognised international federation for athletes with intellectual disabilities. I researched what the organisation is about, when it began and how it is funded.

After a little more research we found that students from the Vehicle Repair and Paint Operations diploma course are helping the Team GB bobsleigh team repair and paint their bobsleigh's. So then we decided to do a news package on the Olympics and the connections between it and the Manchester College.

Then we decided to research on how news packages are produced. I did some research on other news packages from TV on websites to see how they have been shot and put together.

After watching this news clip i realised how the package is put together: opening with graphics and music, then going straight to the news presenter. After he announces the headline story (tsunami) he goes straight into an interview, and although he isn't able to get a face interview with the man it is done over the phone with cut aways of images of where the man is currently staying. Due to the news team not being able to go there the man has filmed the event on his mobile and it is used as a cutaway along with images of the after effects of the tsunami. During the course of the news package there are graphics in the lower third which include other news headlines. At the end of the news package it is closed with more graphics and music.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Dave's Lesson- Monday 3rd October 2011

Today we learned how to use Motion and completed our edit's which we started last week. I found it quite easy today because I have been using Motion and Final Cut Pro already at home. I was already familiar with the basics of both programmes but at the same time I found out some new ways to create titles. I'm still looking forward to making more animated titles and transitions. I also decided on what my news-reel was going to be about. I want to make it about the higher education courses that are available in the college and what they provide to the students.