My group decided to shoot an episode of ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’. We shot it in the studio with five cameras, and a separate mic for both teams and the host. To keep things straightforward we used a script transcribed from an old episode. We filmed the intro and then just one round, to keep it short and sweet.
My assigned roles (due to low numbers we all doubled-up) were director and visual mixer, although it may as well have just been visual mixer, as i would confess the direction given was minimal. Using five cameras also proved to be a big challenge. We filmed the intro, and both teams doing their rounds all separately. Despite this, the whole thing took nearly two hours I believe. Each thing we filmed had to be restarted a couple times due to one issue or another.
Preparing for each shoot took a while. I found the visual mixing difficult, it was hard to keep up with the actors speech. It was also tricky and at times confusing to use five different cameras, and also have to tell a certain operator at a certain time to change angle or zoom in for medium close-ups. I think what made this more problematic was that we didn’t have a script in the gallery with us, just a shot list. This made it very tricky to know who needed to be in shot at any given moment, and if there was a close-up, who was it of!?
The actors all did well, especially the host (played by Jamie). It was quite funny. When it was the other groups turn I was the host. They were using quite an unusual script, some of which the actors (myself included) had trouble getting their heads round. But after a few alterations and dry-runs we familiarised ourselves and it all worked out. The other team only used three cameras, and as beginners I think this may have been something we did too.
All in all, it came together in the end. The footage may not be visually mixed particularly well, but I think there has been a lot we can all learn for next time. It was definitely an interesting and overall satisfying day in the studios. Once all groups have edited their footage, I look forward to sharing what we have created with each other.