This is Stressful
The past couple of weeks have put me in two of the most stressful positions I’ve had this year. One of those being getting a package shot, wrote, and edited in a matter of about 5 hours. The other was producing a newscast with content nobody else had taken a stab at yet.
Your Time Starts Now
So I recently returned from a 10 day trip to Canada where I was filming for a TV show on Sportsman channel, but before I left, I had one evening to put a package together to air while I was gone. The package was over the Lindenwood Shotgun Sports team moving practice facilities from Bridgeton to Eureka.
The team had practice at 4pm the night before I left for Canada, so I ran down to Eureka and shot everything I needed, including a look live tease and two stand-ups. I rushed back to campus and began writing the script, which I had to save as a google doc for my GA so she could write it in iNews the next week.
I finally got the script done and went downstairs to record my voice. When I finished recording my voice it was 9:17pm, the editing lab closes at 10pm. Needless to say, I was in a little bit of a rush to edit. I threw everything together, including a couple of still images, and transcoded the package about 10 minutes until closing time, I was pretty impressed by myself.
I still had to go home and pack everything for Canada that night too, but that’s a story for another time.
You Want to do What?
Monday was my second round of producing and I had a few new tricks up my sleeve, providing they all worked out.
The first thing I wanted to do was a 3-shot of the anchor desk and plasma set for the weather toss. This didn’t turn out too bad, other than the script the girls wrote was a little cheesy. The second thing was using monitors instead of graphics for the over-the-shoulder shots.
The over-the-shoulder shots turned out awesome, I really think they add a “cool” element to the newscast.
The one thing that really got under my skin on Monday was the lack of focus the talent seemed to have. I felt like since this was everyone’s second time through, they just kind of went through the motions. Honestly, the live show was embarrassing to me because I was in charge. It really sucked that my newscast was the first one to be totally re-shot, but I guess that’s the chance you take when trying new things.
One other thing that I know you’re going to run into while producing, is people not getting video sent until 5 minutes before we’re live. I realize there are times when you can’t control that, such as breaking news, but when you come in at the beginning of the day with a package or VOSOT, you should be done well before 3pm.
Well, I’m done with my producer rant and all-in-all the newscast wasn’t a complete fail. Now we know what needs to be done to execute a flawless newscast next time.