Today I got back into the TV studio for the first time since I went to Italy. I haven’t got as much to catch up on as I thought and the group has been very efficient in planning and it’s all coming together nicely. As PA I have to go through the script with the other PA of the group and use a stopwatch as the practice show takes place. We are responsible for making sure the show runs to time which is important for a live broadcast that isn’t edited.
We still have to refine the script and write down the timings for each item of the show. We will do this during each session and as the script progresses, and when the presenters are all in we will get a feel for the way they present and will be able to judge how long each item will take. Hopefully this will mean the live broadcast of the show will run to time.
The set design is looking good and is starting to come together, the VT’s that we’ve made are looking great and everything seems to be going smoothly so far. The script is coming together well and the presenters are doing a good job in the run throughs. It’s hard work and it’s very stressful when in the studio because it’s a small place and it’s so easy to get something wrong, and if one person messes up it has a domino effect because each role is so reliant on the running of the other roles.
I think we have plenty of time to perfect the show though and I think we’re quite ahead with what we’ve got so far.
I’m not enjoying this module at all and the TV studio itself fells like a graveyard for creativity. It’s like laying your creativity to rest every time you set foot in there. Sitting and counting the show on a stopwatch is a technical and very uninspiring task, and I’ve not seen a role in the studio that isn’t too technical for me. There’s something about TV studio work as opposed to working on a film set that is really uninspiring for me. I don’t like the technical side of media production and I have a creative mind, so having to sit and look at screens and technical equipment while counting in script items with a stopwatch is my idea of hell! Obviously doing this module has taught me a lot and it’s great experience but it’s really not for me. I work well under pressure but that’s not the kind of environment I like to be in…the gallery is crowded because not only is it small but the stations are very close together, so the PA is sat right next to the director, the director has the vision mixer right beside them too and it all feels so squashed. When I’m working in a stressful environment I much prefer not being so close to other people. As great as this module is in terms of giving us realistic industry experience, I now know for sure that I definitely don’t want to work in a TV studio!