Overall, I have found this section of the course to be a very valuable experience. I have gained new skills and by taking the role of presenter my confidence has grown a great deal. It has definitely helped me improve my speaking skills to a large group or audience.
This course has especially taught me the importance and relevance of transmedia and how this is clearly going to effect me in my working career. I have learnt through the lectures and my studies that the public are increasingly eager to be involved in the media and take a part in the programmes they watch instead of watching it on TV and feeling detached from it. The use of websites and social networking tools are dramatically expanding this business. I enjoyed putting these ideas into practice when creating my own website.
Another important part of this module was preparation and practise to get ready for our live broadcast. Our group put lots of effort and time into the show and took responsibly for their roles. Even though we worked very hard before hand, we still had some problems on the actual day of filming. This just goes to show how you can never be too prepared. My one concern about being a presenter was that there is a huge amount of pressure not to mess up lines and to keep calm in front of the cameras. There were some slip ups during the first few takes as the nerves were starting to get to me but after the first few takes I began to feel more comfortable again. There were some changes made on the day by the director such as a change in the script and the order of camera links. This caused a slight confusion between me and the other presenter as we were not told which cameras we would need to look into at a certain time. However the rest of the instructions were clearly communicated and easy to understand.
In the end we had two possible takes to choose from. Both takes had pros and cons. Take one had a very good introduction but failed towards the end and the magic trick went wrong. The second take had a slightly more rushed introduction and also a camera was seen coming into one of the shots. I personally wanted to put the first take forward for assessment. The fact that the trick went wrong didn’t matter as it was live TV and that was out of our hands. However having the camera come in on the second clip is really bad and people would pick up on that straight away. Plus I felt the introduction was very important and the fact that it looked very rushed was a bad way for introducing the show.
Although I preferred the first take, I do feel that we did a good job. The people I worked with were very easy to get along with and we were all passionate about the task. Everybody gave lots of input to the creative side and worked well together as a team.
Here is our final chosen clip for magic net tv:
This module has given my the chance to explore new ideas about multi-platform delivery at the same time as developing my confidence when speaking to a group or audience. I particularly found Adam Sword’s (an ex-student who is now a professional photographer) lecture on the 11th of May inspiring. He showed how important it is to get yourself noticed and this module has given me the opportunity to get noticed and take lots of responsibilities within the group. My main role as presenter required confidence, adaptability and improvisational skills (areas that I had previously found challenging).
I worked very hard to be involved in the creative process of this project. As well as my role as Presenter I was able to take on other responsibilities such as script writing. By reworking the script again and again I developed my skills in this area and also working to a set deadline. I spent a lot of time researching existing magazine programmes focussing on the presenters talking style and this was incorporated into my own script.
The success of this project depended on all of us working well in a team. I enjoyed working with the other people in this group and felt confident to give my ideas and listen to others people’s comments. These skills helped us to come together to produce an end product that worked and was successful.
I also got involved in other aspects. I was responsible for the idea of the show having a countdown of the top magic tricks featured on the internet. This was later developed by myself and others into the top three magic tricks countdown mixed with an interview with a street magician.
Reworking the Running Order
I also got involved in primary research, visiting magic shops and retail stores for resources. I met regularly with certain members of the group to plan colour schemes, possible tricks to use on the show, clothing and running time schedules. This gave me a chance to use research and organisational skills independently and in a group.
Working on script and running order
I am now halfway through the Easter holiday and script writing is going well. Just before we left for the holidays I met up with Chelsea (the PA) and Delavi (co-presenter) and went through the script. We timed how long it look us to get through each section and made changes to fit the running order. This was very important in making sure the script was practical and worked. However the script was still not complete as there was a lot more to add. I worked on the second, third and forth draft in the holiday. I sent the fourth draft to Karen and am still waiting for feedback.
Here are my Second, third and fourth drafts for our Broadcast ‘Magic Net TV’:
Fantasy Group-Magic net TV- Script (2nd Draft)
Fantasy Group Magic net TV- Script (3rd Draft)
Fantasy Group Magic net TV- Script (4th Draft)
More progressed has been made as we have secured a guest for our show called Levitating Leigh (an amateur street magician).
Today I have been in to uni to help set up the background flats and set ready for all four of our years shows. Some concerns were raised as I was unaware at how bulky these flats were until they were set up. This gave us even less space than we thought we had for the show. Stacy and myself were here at the time from our group so we began to discuss possible solutions and later on I raised this concern to the Producer and Director on facebook.
This was the final lecture we would have with Karen. The lecture focussed on safety and risk assessments. All productions have to fill out forms to outline the possible hazards when filming the show. This could range from use of liquids and a hazard of slippery surfaces, to the cast and crews medical conditions and whether their fit for the job. Considering all of the content we aim to include in our program, there is not a huge risk in peoples health and well being. The only thing that may cause concern is the magicians trick (which as of yet is undecided).
When talking in our group we had decided that it would be better to have our guest do the magic trick performance. This would mean that I would no longer be needed to perform a magic trick at the end of the show. I felt this may have destroyed the structure of the show slightly as it ruined the aspect of ‘a presenter being given a task to complete for the week’. But I saw this as a chance to get more involved to work behind the cameras. I volunteered to write the script for the show and began work straight away.
Here is my first draft of the script.There are still issues with some elements therefore the script still needs working on. I will share my first draft with the group and we will then work on it together
Magic net TV- Script (1st Draft)