This morning I did not want to be a filmmaker. This morning I wanted to stay in my room and write songs for my musical. That's the trouble with creativity. It comes and goes but when it turns up you can't think about anything else.
I now know that I am a bad person for not having listened to "From Our Own Correspondent" before today. We were taken through the differences between a report on FOOC and a radio essay. They are apparently different. Yet very alike.
I believe a FOOC report takes the listener on a 'journey' and an essay discusses an opinion?
I have to say that the name is very BBC. "From Our Own Correspondent." Not yours, ours. So the world is a safer and more intelligent place because the BBC have their own correspondents to combat the ludicrous drivel from lesser non-BBC people.
I told you I didn't want to be a filmmaker this morning.
I found this lesson quite interesting, even though since I've started this course I have developed a slight hate towards TV in general. Which could become a problem. I'm not sure where that puts me in terms of what I want to do.
Running orders were the theme of todays lesson and how important it is to have a plan. With a plan when things go wrong you can cover up mistakes and technical difficulties much quicker and with little or no pain for the audience.
It was fascinating to watch a studio programme and what goes on in the control room at the same time. It made the process a lot less scary and more manageable when you could see the outcome of the Directors decisions happening live. I definitely prefer a Director that continuously tells the cameras what he is cutting to. In this example the Director also praised the camera operators, which I think is really important. It can be quite lonely as a camera operator, I think, in a long studio shoot and having been there it's lovely to get a little moment of appreciation.
Our task was to work in small groups, devise and plan any programme of our choice. I was in a group of 3. We decided on a more in depth cooking show, so building on something we had already seen and worked on but with more VTs and larger segments. We decided on content and then each of us took a type of content to work on. For example, I will be planning all the in studio content segments which will probably include a recipe being made. The others are preparing various VT segments of the programme. I think working like this is much quicker and allows individuals to put more time and effort into that particular segment.
I do worry though, that working in this TV Studio formulaic way can eventually kill the impulsive and passionate nature of an artist. Surely after a while, if you're coming up with this stuff all the time and thinking in terms of segments and running orders, a little bit of your vision dies?