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Inside the Shed Camera setup

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Production Process

On Monday, we did a 5 camera studio setup, which was helpful to use due to the fact that it informs us on where the cameras should be placed and essentially, how. it was a good experience to be part of and will be beneficial in the future! The footage that we created was on a show we came up with called “Inside the shed” which was based around a wooden shed, meaning to be a game show. It was a lot of fun to speak my mind on the show and not follow a script, although it was very challenging.

We all had to set up the cameras and wires professionally, and safely due to it being a risk on set and could cause many injuries if knocked over or, in some cases, burn someone, which would then be a real issue and would require a lot of medical assistance. We had a mental risk assessment and story board that we were following which helped us identify any issues that we encountered, and helped us solve the issues. We did not bump into many issues other than timing, but apart from that, everything else was pretty much fine.

My role on set was being one of the cast, talking about why I am on the show and my personal information, also introducing a plastic bottle which was a last minute stand in for what was meant to be 2 other people, but they could not make it due to illness’ and other personal issues.

I communicated with the team because of the fact that I needed to know when they started filming and also when they were focusing the camera on me, as I needed to speak in front of it and say a few lines, also making myself look good for the camera.

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Channel 4 Pt 2

Production Process

 

The pre-production process for a show on Channel 4 goes through the same process that any other TV shows or films would have to go through. They would have to plan it out with set designs, the treatment, the script, storyboards, the recce shot, the risk assessment, the daily shooting schedule and the crew and actor call sheets. They are all really important within pre-production because of the fact that it all helps people understand how things are going to be down and at what time. It also informs people on who is doing what and where. The script, treatment and story board help inform people on what they are doing and where they are doing it, as the treatment gives a brief story of the show and how it should pan out. The script informs the actors and the camera crew on what they need to be doing and where to shoot, and the story board gives a an idea on what the scenes should look like using pictures and a brief description, helping people understand what is going on in that scene. The production side of things would be everyone knowing their roles, and acting it out, getting in position with the cameras and lighting and start shooting when the director calls it. They all have to follow the pre-production otherwise they will end up with something completely different from what they intended to create in the first place. The post production would be the editing side of things, done by editors, placing transitions and effects where they think it would fit, and if it would be appropriate. It takes a considerable amount of time to edit footage, along with filming because of the fact that you want to change something and improve on something you think could look better in the long run.

 

Audience Profile

 

The audience profile for Channel 4, according to BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) is showing that people like watching Speed with Guy Martin due to the fact that it has 2.46 million views over the past 7 days. This shows that people that watch Channel 4 like watching shows which involves fast vehicles and challenges in different countries, meaning that the average demographic for this show would be middle aged people due to the fact that a lot of middle aged people like watching things which involve fast cars and challenges. The second most viewed show which is on the list, is Formula 1, which again, is another show that involves fast cars, meaning that the people that watch Channel 4 are motor heads, or people that are really into their vehicles. Formula 1 peaked at 2.06 million views in the past 7 days, which is far below how many people have been watching Speed with Guy Martin. The third most viewed show on the list is 999: What’s your Emergency, which has a total of 1.78 million views over the past 7 days, meaning that people that watch Channel 4, not only are into fast cars, but are also into serious, realistic shows about the everyday lives of people who work in the Emergency department! Middle-aged woman would watch this type of show because of the fact that it gives an insight into how the emergency services work every day, which woman like watching regularly.

 

Distribution

 

The distribution process for Channel 4 is through the channel itself, Online or overseas sales. In the early years of Channel 4, they mostly did regional. Channel 4 is a publisher-broadcaster, meaning they buy programmes from companies independent from themselves, and they needed a license for their programmes to air. They did not need one before the Broadcasting act, which was put into effect in 1990. The Channel 4 news is supplied by ITN, who owns ITV, while its long standing investigative documentary, Dispatches, causes perennial media attention. Channel 4 news was one of the first news shows to put its name in the introduction or end credits, in shows which it actually did not produce, which is now widespread.

 

Regulatory Bodies

 

Channel 4s regulatory body is Ofcom. Ofcom oversees the regulation of on demand content. Their broadcasting code does not apply to online content; however channel 4 requires all online content to adhere to the same standards of good practice as their programmes. Content which is displayed on the mobile, are not regulated by Ofcom, is self-regulated under the BBFC, which stands for “British Board of Film Classification”. They operate a classification framework on how content providers should classify their content. Staff working in specific areas of these protocols require appropriate training and to apply the relevant rules to the content that they are commissioning, producing and publishing.

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Channel 4 Research

 

Operating Model

 

Channel 4s operating model has required them to strike a balance between public service and commercial content! Their strategy is to fulfil their public service remit in a responsible manner! Channel 4 was owned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), but is now publicly owned, as the public pay for it to be up and running through taxes to keep the ads up and running! They get paid by ads to advertise their content, which helps them with their business with ad revenue! The ad revenue came from ITV as they paid Channel 4 to advertise in their region, with them having a good relationship with one another. They also get money from the relationship with overseas sales and video sales, and the total revenue that they got was £925 million with 91% derive from sale of advertising. The product placements have agreements between programme makers and/or broadcasters, also external companies or agencies to include commercial material or services within the programme time, in return for payment or something else of value are termed Product Placement.

 

Product Types

 

The types of TV show genres that Channel 4 release are Comedies, Dramas, World Dramas, Entertainment, Factual, Lifestyle and Sport! Show that would fit into Comedies would be shows such as Peep Show, The Inbetweeners and Shameless. Shows that would go under Dramas would be Supernatural, Ellen and The Circuit! Many more shows fit into different categories such as Entertainment and Factual! Most of the shows that shown on Channel 4 contain British actors, such as Iwan Rheon and Robert Sheehan who play roles in Misfits, along with Skins with actors such as Kaya Scodelario and Nicholas Hoult! Skins was shot in Bristol, whilst Misfits was filmed in the south west of London in an area called Thamesmead. The creative director for misfits is called Mollie Sian Smith, which leads advertising and marketing companies, working with designers, artists, copyrighters, sales teams and marketers! The series as a whole, was produced by many people such as, Murray Furguson, Petra Fried, Howard Overman, Adam Browne, Matt Stevens, Chloe Sophia Moss, Katie Crowe, Nick Pitt and Matt Jarvis. They all helped produce the show in some form, ranging from 13 episodes to 32!

 

Modes of Delivery

 

Channel 4 do not use analogue no more because of the fact that they stopped it all together in 2012 when the whole of the UK region was introduced to Digital, making Analogue obsolete. The modes of delivery that channel 4 uses are the television, such as free view and other pay per view services such as Sky or Virgin. They also do an online service called 4oD, which lets you watch all the programmes that have been shown on the television, within 7 days. It contains programmes from other channels as well such as E4, Film 4, More 4 and more! Channel 4 has other modes of delivery such as Channel 4+1, which replays shows that has been displayed on Channel 4, an hour later! It is helpful for people who do not have catch up TV, and wanted to watch something that has been on whilst they were away from the TV! There is also another Channel 4 channel called 4HD, which displays Channel 4, but in High definition!

 

 

Programme Content

 

Goggle box is a show that it involves a group of people which react to what is usually on the TV, such as the news, the football and other shows which has interesting topics. The TV show is filmed in the viewer’s homes, and is recorded by using a HD remote-control camera. They show a wide shot of the family to get the whole reaction of what they thought of the programme they are watching; this then gives us the idea of what type of humour they are into and what they enjoy when watching the television, and how they react to certain things! They also use a close up shot of some ones reaction to capture the moment! There are not any props in Goggle box because of the fact that it is a reality TV show in a sense because it is displaying the reactions of the viewers watching different types of TV, so there would not really need to be props to make the show work!  Music is only added as an intro and breaks, to the show, and due to the music being iconic, it is easy to distinguish Goggle box to any other show! There is no other music displayed on the show. The show is purely to see the reactions people give whilst watching television shows, so there are not any signs or symbols that use semiotics! The cameras they use are just HD remote-controlled cameras set up in one position so there isn’t much camera techniques being done to show different angles and views on things! The camera does sometimes zoom in on a face to emphasize on the reaction that they are showing, making the show even more entertaining! They edit the shots at points when you see them all sitting on the sofa, to then see the show that they are watching. They use cut editing to create the transition.