In the final working days before the Christmas break we were invited to watch the conclusion…
‘Midnight with Met’ Returns! Watch Series 2 of the Multi-Camera Live-TV Project
At the beginning of the year you may have recalled us sharing the first series of Midnight with Met – a postmodern take on the classic magazine show, completely made by our BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking students within a six-week module element. Each of the three episodes impressively featured a combination of live chat & interviews, along with pre-recorded musical performances, stand-up comedy and an evenly distributed six-part mini-series. The project was a great success and importantly gave our students experience of various studio floor roles, with a view to preparing them for work in the industry.
Now – only a couple of months further down the line – we are extremely proud to be sharing a new series of Midnight with Met, this time created by the other half of our BAF14 cohort. The format remains the same but, to make it their own, the show returns with entirely new content, noticeable immediately through the set design’s shift from cool and classy blue, to warm and earthy red. Series 2 stars its own new presenters too, this time Gabriela Chavez and Alex Beatty.
Watch episode 1 of the new series of Midnight with Met
Working under the supervision and brief set by our Head of Television, Chris Bould, the students again independently sourced young comedy talent for their Laughter Hours segment, exciting live music performers, as well as actors for the newly created six-part sitcom Bert & Leonard. The latter, described as a “comically sweet story of a racist, sexist and homophobic cancer patient and his Jamaican nurse“, takes somber subject matter and expands it into a well paced and heartwarming tale with progressive ideological intentions. The narrative’s mixing of such opposing emotions works terrifically and, despite focussing on a man’s twilight years, the series manages to confidently match the risqué and youth-appealing tone of Series 1’s Hamster.
Bert (Spike Jefferson) and Leonard (Isambard Rawbone) starring in their title roles.
Through watching all three episodes, it is possible to get an understanding of how the students rotate through essential 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. The project truly is a team effort.
We even have a Midnight at Met playlist that features all episodes from both series.
For more information on this particular ‘Multi-Camera Production‘ element of our Crafting Narratives module, check out our previous Midnight with Met blog.
Congratulations to all the BAF14 students involved in the creation of another successful season. Fingers crossed for more soon!