At the beginning of this module I was pleased we were going to get the opportunity to gain some professional work experience. But as I found out, it is much more easier said then done. I spend weeks searching for a work placement in TV, as this is where I would like my career to go, but was unsuccessful to find any. I then turned to the contacts I already had. My aunt got my in touch with Carmel, as they had previously worked together before. Carmel said she was happy for me to join her for all of April. During my time with Carmel, I learnt a range of things from camera training, photo editing, setting up equipment, how to get models to pose and how to communicate with clients. I was very pleased that Carmel ask me to join her team on a permanent basis when I return from uni, of course said yes and cannot wait to go back. Reflecting upon my placement with iCov, I really enjoyed the experience and would defiantly like to do it again. Though it was stressful at times, it has made me realise this is the path I would like to take my career and I am now going to try my hardest to get myself to where I want to be. I have updated my CV, to state that I have completed two loads of work experience. By adding this information to my CV, it could boost my chances of getting a job in the future. Looking back at my SWOT analysis I completed at the start of the module, I can happily say that by completing my professional work experience, it has boosted my confidence when working with new people and my confidence in general, expanded my network of people, increased my knowledge of photography equipment and cameras,
My SWOT Analysis for Professional Work Experience:
Strengths – My basic knowledge of all equipment, have a small network, good organisation skills, communication skills, motivated, hard worker, flexibility, have my own car to travel, friendly, ability to work under pressure, computer and technology skills,
Weakness’s – No experience except in the studios at uni, no experience with working with clients, low confidence, shy in front of large groups,
Opportunities – A job, knowledge of that job, expand my network, work on my people skills, learn new equipment, recommendation
Threats – Other students looking for work/ placements, not many companies want work experience people, rejection, adapt to increasing technology,
Thursday 29th May
So today was THE DAY! LIVE STREAMING DAY! Our team arrived early to be prepared and make sure everything was running correctly. We found ourselves waiting around for a while, as the journalism students weren’t ready to rehearsal or prepared to go live at 12 o’clock. It wasn’t until 11:45 that Shelly and Amel came running into the studio saying we needed to get ready to go live. At that point everybody jumped from their seats and started to prepare themselves and rush around to make sure everything was good to go. We were able to fit in one run through with Amel to get the cameras right, before counting down to 12. It all happened so quickly, I just focused on what I had to do to make sure it all went smoothly. I checked Amel was ok, knew what she was doing/ saying etc and made sure the camera crew were happy and ready to go. You could cut the tension in the studio with a knife, everyone was nervous but concentrating on what they had to do. Next, Nathan said ‘Stand by studio’ and we were counting down to start the news, ‘10,9,8’. My heart was beating so fast, and it dawned on me that I could make a simple mistake and it could all go wrong! ‘3,2,1’, Amel started to read the auto-que and before I knew it, I was counting her down the end the segment. It went smoothly. As soon as Nathan shouted cut, everybody took a deep sigh and cheered. Although the segment was only a minute long, there were so many things which could have gone wrong. But they didn’t. That was the easier one done. Next was the 20 minute live news show which went live at 3pm. We took a lunch break before grouping back to the studio to start rehearsing for the next live segment. At 2pm, the journalism students came to the studio where we started rehearsals. We went over and over the script, to help the presenter with her confidence and to know the camera shots we were going to get. During the show, there was also a sports presenter who would be presenting the sports just before the end, so we needed to make sure everybody was there and confident with what they were doing and say. I felt more confident about this section of the show and we had just rehearsed it many times and I had a copy of the script with what camera was going to be taken at each point. It also helped me as I knew when there was a VT coming up or if the presenter is meant to stop talking or carry on if they stop. Next we were going live, although I was confident with what was going to happen, I was still nervous that I would make a mistake. The 20 minutes was up and it went really well. We were all so relieved and thankful it went so well with no faults.
So that was it. iCov was over. The past 3 weeks have gone so fast, but I enjoyed every part of it. I have learnt so much, including how to work well in a team, working with new people, working professionally, working to a time limit, sticking to the brief and working under pressure. Taking part in iCov has increased my confidence when working in the TV studio, as well as making me more determined to have the future career in the TV industry which I have always desired, specifically as a floor manager. I would defiantly like to be part of the iCov team next year, if I can.
Wednesday 28th May
Today was the final rehearsal time before streaming live tomorrow, so it was important that we all make sure we know what is happening and at what times so we are fully prepared. Amel, who is reading the live one minute news segment came down to rehearse for quite a while. This was really good as she had never presented before, so she needed the rehearsal time to get used to reading from an auto-que, prepare what she will be saying and learning the general things about presenting. Amel rehearsed for a few hours, before the other presenters joined us so they could rehearse their segment too. I was really glad, they came to rehearse as the 20 minute live news is what I was worrying about the most, as it is much longer, so more chances of something going wrong. The rehearsal gave us a good idea on what the show will be about, the good camera positions and helped the presenter feel more confident for the next day. Today gave me a great opportunity to get to know the presenter and see how she works, so I was able to work out the best way to approach her. I found that she was easy to work with, as she always listened to me, didn’t question me or Nathan on the decisions we made and she accepted advice and criticism well.
Tuesday 27th May
Today was meant to be a rehearsal, but as the journalism students weren’t ready with their scripts, we used this time to make sure the set was nearly ready, make sure it looked good on camera and also fit with what ever they will be talking about on the show. It is important that a news set isn’t to bright and colourful, as they might be talking about sad news. This would make the viewers feel uncomfortable and very inappropriate. After that there wasn’t much left for us to do, so we took the free time to go home and work on our individual blogs for this task.
Friday 23rd May
Today was the recording of ‘The Next Big Thing’. It was the show which we had the least communication with the producer, so this morning we didn’t really know what to expect. We also weren’t given the time they wanted to start or what times their guest were coming in. So we arrived at 9:30am and they told us the first guest was already there and getting ready, this was a complete shock as we didn’t have the set completely finished and needed time to do it. It was 10:30am before we were finished and ready to start recording. The first guest was the fashion designer who has 3 models, who were modelling her designs. We firstly recording the interview, then moved on to the catwalk segment. It took us some time to work out the best way to organise the models, if they should come on one at a time or all together. But we decided one at a time, then walk on altogether, as this would be best for the camera shots. We had to shoot it two or three times to get it right, but we worked it out in the end and it looked good. The next guest was an illustrator who had created a children’s pop up book. It was quite an awkward interview to record as he had a pop up book he wanted to show and he was going to teach the presenter how to draw animations. Nathan and the camera crew organised the shots, while I kept the presenter and guest up to date with what was going to happen on the show. It took two recordings to get in the interview right, but overall it went really well. Todays show was by far the most difficult of the three of them. Not only as there was a range of guests which had different types of interviews, but also as I found the presenter was quite hard to work with.
Wednesday 21st May
The second day of shooting was for the show ‘Digital Living’. This show spoke about how the uses of the interview is growing, such as Fandoms. As soon as we arrived, the producer as ready with the script, VTs and everything we needed to know about what was going to be happening. Myself and the team felt a lot more prepared and happy with how the day was going to go. We knew exactly what needed doing, who the guests were, what time they were arriving and what order we would be shooting in. I found that todays presenter was easier to work with then yesterdays. Fhill was inexperienced with presenting, so he welcomed the advice I gave him and could see he worked hard to wrap up the interviews when I gave him the signal. There was only a couple of interviews, including a Skype interview. Over all, I think todays shooting went well and a lot better then yesterdays show.