Saturday, 15 March 2014


Copyright is always an issue we have to deal with and work around when producing any type of television programme. The copyright issues normally involved in studio productions include music and VT's where we use footage from other programmes or films.

For Quote That, we tried to go by the Fair dealing and critical reviewing to allow the copyright of the tv and film clips to be within the law. 

''If you are genuinely critiquing or reviewing a published work, or studying on a course in making films or films soundtracks, you may copy under 'Fair Dealing'.''
''S.30 CDPA 1988 allows you to copy only as much as needed of the work for the purpose of criticism or review.S.32(2) CDPA 1988 permits students studying (and staff teaching) on a course in the making of films or film soundtracks, to copy these works for their course provided that:a) the copying is done by the student or teacher receiving or giving instruction.
b) full acknowledgement is given of the source and creator.
c) the course is non-commercial (i.e. not run by a private/commercial college or organisation)''
Therefore, after each clip was shown we would make sure that a critical remark was made about that source. the teams would then carry on talking about the clip and answering the question in talk. We also had straps for each clip stating the programme or film and the production company ect. 

PUBLIC DOMAIN: copyright has expired or been lifted. 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Quote That - Episode 2

We had a number of technical issues on the day of the second episode as one of the main technicians feel ill. This caused a major fall behind in the schedule as we had no talkback or VT screens in use, which stopped us from going for run-throughs with cameras and cast. I tried to think of alternative ways of rehearsing such as going through with rehearsals with me and the Gallery P.A. on the floor. This helped but not much. Talkback is a key element of a studio production for communication between the whole crew. Other issues we met included some last minute lighting as everyone was trying to solve the technical issues that we normally take for granted.

What also didn't help and was quite disappointing was the lack of crew that turned up on time or turned up at all. I had sent out all call sheets and schedules a week before the show which could have been too early and been a possible cause in lack of people with a short-term memory. However, there was no real excuse. 

I think all of the above lead to the technical issues in the live recording...
When reviewing the show back, I believe the lighting for the panels wasn't as good as the first show yet the lighting for the activity area was much better and bright. What was also noted was the host's panel which wasn't correctly positioned. I think this was part camera angle's fault, part set position. As a producer in the gallery, I should of noticed this odd positioning along with the director and camera operator. Most shots were quite hot at times as well. A let down of the show was the sound once again with the mic levels, yet the added stings to the show were a plus and something that really pushed the show on, making it more alive. 

Frankie's appearance - Our team captain's microphone went down when into the introduction of the live recording. This meant it had to be changed quickly which Frankie stepped in to do so which was caught on camera for a brief second. This was because our host had to start with the other team first instead, to avoid coming to our team captain with no mic. This then changed the directors shots and camera script plan in which he panicked. luckily, the vision mixer was there to also use initiative. i think for situations like this, people working in the live entertainment industry need to be prepared for. Overall, this is something sound should have checked battery levels for beforehand. However, as stated, the day had been full with other technical elements to concentrate on. I could of been more helpful in this situation by instructing Frankie when the coast was clear and made sure of what camera the Director was on. In the future, I will have learnt from this day, to be aware to make time in schedules for potential errors and alternatives, as well as to be alert for barriers that could happen when live and what I need to do to get over them. 

Content wise, the show allowed more time for talk across the panel between the team captains, host and contestants, allowing the audience to get to know them more. However, we noticed the host was possibly over enthusiastic when we went live. I think this was down to the host having no experience of TV presenting, which we were aware of yet wanted a comedian. He was a great host and able to ad-lib and be enthusiastic yet what us producers could of done would be to have a date for rehearsal with an audience and then give him feedback on his performance. He would also be much more comfortable with an audience when we were to go live. 

My main aim, minus another good show, for this episode was to get the timings right and not to go over like last time. our final timing was 20 minutes, 20 seconds, which was satisfactory for me. For this show, I was constantly focused on 1.The script, 2.The Host and 3.The Gallery P.A. I had on my script each individual timing section, such as the walkover and questions then to answers. So for each section, I would keep asking my Gallery P.A for the time left for that section until there was ten seconds remanding in which I would then feed into the host's ear for him to move on. I would then be deducting times throughout the show for different sections, from where we had gone slightly over in other sections. 

Although I gave talent a dress code of smart/casual, no black, white or stripy clothing, I think I should have been more precise as some cast looked more dressed up than others. Also, I took note from sound and told them to wear a t-shirt with a collar, buttons or a blazer so the radio mic could be attached without problem. 

Overall, I think I worked to the best of my known ability as producer for Quote That. However, I learnt a lot from the experience and problems that occurred within the show, of what I can do to better myself as a producer. I think I can use this over the next month for my small roles on the next shows, as being producer I have learnt about not only that role but many other roles that bring the show together, by working with them. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Quote That - episode one

Quote That is the Entertainment panel show format, founded and produced by myself, Frankie and Aishah. (Shandy Productions) It was great to get the ideas we had on paper and turn it into a production with the whole crew, TVP and Tech Arts.

Know the quote. Know the game…

From Harry Potter’s “You’re a wizard Harry” to Eastenders’ “Get out of my pub”, this is the panel quiz show that’ll dig out unexpected and funny quotes from some of the nations favourite film and TV shows.
‘QUOTE THAT’ is a 20 minute, TV panel quiz show that will take the not so famous quotes from well-known TV shows and films. In a series of rounds, two teams of two contestants, along with their team captains, will be quizzed on these unexpected and funny quotes. There shall be one male host who will walk the viewer through the show and along with the team captains, create a humorous atmosphere. ‘Quote That’ will be a light-hearted fun show that will get you quoting!

Me and Frankie decided to split the producing up, so I would be in the gallery overseeing the show and timings, whilst Frankie would be on the floor overseeing and going through scripts ect with the cast. We thought this worked best as I had already had experience and confidence in producing from the gallery and Frankie was best on the floor as she has the voice and control. Aishah took on the role as a make-up artist.

I felt prepared for the show as we had been printing all scripts, running orders and so forth, in the week up until the night before. I had also been working very closely with the set and lighting crew on the rigging days. What felt so much more relaxing on this show, compared to MDX Now, is that I wasn't producing alone and I had a strong small team of people around me working just as hard from the start till the end. This went from the production team to the VT supervisor and set. Our only issue pre-show was the Gallery P.A. position as the job wasn't done and a tutorial hadn't been done. Therefore, we got someone to stand in for this role which we were grateful for. However, this was something that affected the live recording as our main downfall was the timing, going over by 5 minutes. This re-enforces my point that every crew role is vital to research and be planned for as one thing can let down a production. As producer, I think this was my main disappointment and something I was aware of to help improve myself. For the second Quote That show, I would constantly be asking for remanding times of each section and be stricter with the host James on when to stop ad-libbing.

As an Ad-lib comedy panel show, the timings for each section were hard to predict. This is something i tried researching to compare to other panel shows. However, I realised that all comedy panel shows such as 'Celebrity Juice' are not recorded as-live like Quote That. To help get used to the running order of the show we therefore went through a few full rehearsals.

The other major issue of the show was the sound, as all the levels were not right at the right time, therefore we corrected this in post. I have spoken to sound on what to improve on for the second episode. Sound is always an issue with the live shows, we learnt from MDX Now to be strict on who could be in the sound room so no one was distracted. However, it's still an area that needs more tutorials. For the next shows, I wouldn't mine being a sound recorder so i could learn myself.


this has been the best set and lighting for a show i have worked on so far. We worked with the set when buying the prints and logos, researching cheap companies. The only downfall, lighting wise, was the 'ON MUTE' area, which at times was poorly lit.

I think the best rounds of the show were 'ON MUTE' and 'GUESS AGAIN' as they allowed more humour to come from the contestants and were more active. We decided when reviewing the 1st episode that the 'ACT IT OUT' round would be removed for the 2nd episode as our feedback told us it wasn't as original as our other rounds and we could then make more time for the host and teams to talk and bounce off one another.

Monday, 10 March 2014


This week I took myself along to the BVE event at Excel. Although much of the stalls were Tech arts based, it was something that widely interested me, as I love cameras and looking at the latest software's to edit on. What helped was walking around with other students, most who are on the tech arts course and some from the final year. This helped me gain further understanding of what i was staring at amazed, as they were more aware of of what it was. I think an important part of the Television industry is to be at least aware and knowledgeable of every aspect of your production which at this event there was EVERYTHING!

A different company for each small part of technology I see daily in the TV studio and Gallery. Playing around with the new equipment was something well worth going for. Also a bonus was then talking to the companies of the equipment which was useful even to gain a card for future references.

As I enjoy camera work, it was a great experience to look and try out different steady cams and shoulder mounts. It really brought out the tech geek within me.

The camera in the picture below had a especially big lens fixed and the focus of it looked even better in person. Other cameras I found myself catching flies at, included the slow motion camera which is used for productions such as hair commercials, wildlife programmes, sports and for scientific purposes as its shutter speed is so high.

Lastly, The jib company that was at the show was a great in-site into the future of television and film. This jib took up a wide area and the company were the owners of the largest jib crane in the world. Luckily, we were able to have a long chat with one of the employees about their products and he gave us a book and dvd on it. This jib was on a dolly and had a separate control ped to control it's zoom and pan and tilt movements. this could be done through controller, as like the universities ped, or by arm movements, like a regular movement. This really impressed me as although it's not something that's new to the industry itself, it's new to me as a student. However, the impressive part about this jib, was the software they were in the process of creating. You could focus the camera on a particular point of interest and if you moved the jib at any speed, it would remand contact with the focal point. The company then had a screen attached to the jib which they hope you would be able to set up 6 focal points and then select them when wanting to do a move.

The helpful thing about attending this event was that there were companies, such as 'Start in TV' that spoke to us about what they do and how they can help us get into the industry and more importantly, how we can help ourselves. 

Saturday, 8 February 2014


When preparing our pitch. I knew that we had a well thought-out show, yet just the team knowing this would mean nothing if we didn't clearly explain our format and do it with confidence. If we didn't show confidence in our show then why would the commissioner have confidence in it.

My main concern here was confidence, as this is something I can sometimes struggle with. To help this, we went over our pitch as a team many times so we knew exactly what it was we were talking about and gave ourselves a clear plan of our show that we could pass on. We made a presentation yet were aware not to put much writing on the slides, just visuals.

Although, we had planned our pitch thoroughly, I knew to make it more informal and conversational after reading into Nicola Lees' book, 'Greenlit', where she explains, '‘Make your pitch conversational and inclusive. Many channel executives (especially in the uk) hate being pitched at - it feels aggressive and non collaborative.’' (2011, p.243) Therefore, we knew that when we went in to pitch, we would have a conversational vibe and light atmosphere, which would help with confidence and selling the idea. 

I felt our pitch went well as we prepared for potential questions we could face after the pitch and kept it honest.

The Pitch Presentation

A few days later...

Our show got picked!!

I was really happy to find out that our show had been picked to get produced. However, I also knew the hard work that would be round the corner, having to produced the show within a couple of weeks, but I really liked our team and knew we were all on the same level and determined.

The feedback we received was good also, being told it was 'First-Class' was the highlight. I think what we needed to work on was the explanation of the 'ON MUTE' round. We could have done this better bby simply showing an example from the 'Celebrity Juice' show.


Lees.N (2010) 'GREENLIT - from concept to pitch'. A & C Black Publishers, London. P.243

Entertainment formats

When coming up with an entertainment format, The key was to research what was already being produced and what was creating success. We looked at formats within the UK and formats the were being produced outside the UK.

As we had researched, Successful entertainment formats are usually not 100% unique. In order for a commission, the format producers will have to convince the commissioner that their format is to be a success which is easier when taking elements from one show and giving it another angle. For example, 'Britain's Got Talent', seems quite original yet if you were to take a look back through the years you would come across 'Opportunity Knocks' which ran from 1956-1978. This show was set on the bases of a talent show for anyone and everyone including animals and had a judging panel. This is the ground floor of 'Britain's got Talent', yet they needed something to give it an angle. So they took an element from another TV show, 'The Gong Show'. From 1976-1989, 'The Gong Show' was broadcast in many countries and consisted of a talent show yet the judges had a giant gong. They would hit the gong if they didn't like what/who was on their stage in order to stop the act. This was adapted by 'Britain's got Talent' and as we know today, has made a successful show.

The first idea me and my team came up with was 'The stronger Sex', a game show that would see a male team and a female team with something in common, such as their occupation or they would be couples separated into sexes. They would compete in a number of stereotypical tasks to battle out the 'stronger' sex. For this idea, we took a show we found called 'Battle of the Sexes'. Although their format was much different, it was the title of the show triggered our thoughts. We then took inspiration from 'The Generation Game' and Fake Reaction' to make the physical game show.

However, we changed our minds last minute, considering our low budget and short time to produce the show. We went down the Panel show root instead.

'Quote That' was going to be our panel show. We took a simple comedy panel show such as 'Nevermind the Buzzcocks' and added game rounds to the concept, looking at the highly successful show, 'Celebrity Juice'. Each of our rounds were taken from different entertainment shows that we knew worked and created humour. We then wanted to make the show themed, to give it a specific angle. I thought of 'Harry Hill's TV Burp' and took on the unexpected/unnoticed humour the show rigged out of TV shows. This is when the quote idea came about, basing the show around unexpected, funny quotes from TV shows and film.

Coming up with the format was a lot harder than what i expected, as we had to make it different to other shows already out there, yet keep a noticeable format from other shows to know that the show could work with audiences. 

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Amy Jane Bennett - Home :StreetView

This is something I have been working on as a personal project. I have set up a Youtube channel, 'StreetView films', separate to my personal channel. I am hoping to bring many more acoustic, music videos and promos of up and coming talent, to the channel over the next year. This is something I really enjoy producing and doing something a little more outside the box (although it's a freezing idea).