Watch Multi-Camera Live-TV Project – ‘Midnight with Met’
In the final working days before the Christmas break we were invited to watch the conclusion of the ‘Multi-camera Production‘ element of our Crafting Narratives module, a staple of our BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course. The aim of this teaching is to introduce multi-camera filming, lighting, sound and vision-mixing concepts for live and as-live productions, while at the same time giving our students experience of various studio floor roles, with a view to preparing them for work in the industry.
Midnight with Met is a three episode magazine show that is made by our students entirely over a six-week duration. Each hour long installment features a combination of live chat & interviews, interspersed with pre-recorded entertainment segments. To make things even more interesting, the show adopts a postmodern format; with the hosts and crew appearing on camera to discuss the intricacies of the production and “how things are going”. The result is unique and self-aware – pushing students to discuss what they’ve learnt within a highly pressured environment.
The amount achieved within such a short space of time is staggering; something Element Leader Chris Bould reiterated in stressing that the show was “all written, all shot, all built and all finished within these six-weeks”. In the first episode alone – which you can watch below – we are introduced to the first two episodes of six-part comedy sitcom ‘Hamster‘, two live music performances and one stand-up comedy act. It’s also important to highlight that all featured actors and performers were selected by the students themselves, from outside the school, through their own research and casting sessions.
Early on in the episode the show’s hosts, Evan Wells & Antonina Blazanovic, discuss how frantic things probably are at that moment in the studio gallery. Judging by the palpable and infectious energy we saw during our behind the scenes sit-in, we can definitely see the humour and truth in this moment. However, what the talking point equally highlights is the awareness all the students have of each other’s roles; an imperative attribute in managing a tightly orchestrated piece of ‘live’ television. The students rotate through the key roles throughout the course, including producing segments, being part of the sitcom’s ‘writer’s room’, sound mixing, camera operating and directing the live show- there’s a variety of roles to try.
It is our New Years Resolution at Met to try and share more of our current students’ work with you through our social media. You can even watch the next two episodes of Midnight with Met on the show’s YouTube playlist, as well as further projects on our Facebook & Twitter in 2016.
Congratulations to all the BA students involved in this impressive production. We look forward to seeing more of your work soon!