The ENG Crew consists of five important roles. If you have a group of four or six, you will either combine two roles or add an editor.
- Producer - the task-manager, keeps group work on the given timeline, organizes paperwork, communicates directly with Ms. Shultz
- Director - manages the crew's behavior on location (while filming), ensuring that appropriate and meaningful electronic media is recorded in the given time. advises editor during post-production.
- Talent - responsible for behaving appropriately in front of the camera, knowing the questions to ask each guest, responding meaningfully, and speaking clearly and with energy
- Camera Operator - responsible for framing a two-shot of the talent and the interviewee with proper head room
- Editor(s) - responsible for filling out the shot list during the production and cutting together the selected videos during post-production
The team's paperwork should always be left in the group folder within the production cubby in the editing room. If someone is not present on a filming day, you should proceed to produce the segment, anyway. Either swap crew positions or have the missing crew member double up on a future ENG project.
Read the following short article for some tips in preparing for your interviews:
- A clapper is a board with an attached stick used to provide both a visual and audio identification at the beginning of each recorded video clip. The clapper must be updated for each different shot/subject (each time the camera moves or the subject in front of the camera changes) AND each take (each time you re-start the same shot). Typically, the clapper is operated by either the Producer or Director. If you have an additional editor in a group of six, feel free to have the editor operate the clapper.
- A shot list is a written list of each take of each shot that is recorded. The notes included on the shot list ensure that an editor can easily find the best recordings during post-production. Typically, the editor fills out the shot list while on location/during production.
See the "When filming an interview" list on the back of your worksheet for the order of procedures during filming. The Director should make sure these procedures are being followed with every take.
The equipment is kept in Ms. Shultz's office, and is organized by color (red - green - blue - yellow). You might not always get matching equipment, but this is the easiest way to figure out when a piece of equipment is malfunctioning. Please make sure to test all equipment before and after each time you go out to film, and report any irregularities to Ms. Shultz.
The talent will hold a microphone in their hand during each interview. The microphone must be pointed toward the person speaking, so the talent will need to make sure to move it between him/herself and his/her guest. Additionally, the microphone should be tilted at approximately a 45 degree angle, positioned toward the speaker's chin/throat. There is no need to speak directly into the microphone - this will, in fact, cause distortion/unpleasant noise.
A cameraperson needs three pieces of equipment before leaving the studio:
- the camera
- the tripod
- headphones (to monitor the audio recording)
On the school server, we use a folder labeled TV. The Student Share has two different types of folders: a Pickup Box and a Drop Box.
- A Pickup Box only gives students READ access, meaning that you can open or copy anything in that folder. Students cannot save files to a Pickup Box.
- A Drop Box only gives students WRITE access, meaning that you can only save your own files in that folder. You can re-save over your own files in that folder, as well. If you need access to a file in the Drop Box that you do not "own" (you didn't create it), speak with Ms. Shultz. Ms. Shultz has read/write access to all folders.
Initially, you will create and save an Adobe Premiere file, which is an editing file that allows you to link together video files so they appear the way you intend. However, an editing file is unviewable to anyone without access to all of the video files it is linked to. Therefore, in order to create a file that is viewable to anyone, you must turn it into a video file, itself. A video file is an independent file that is viewable to anyone with access to only that file.
As you move forward, be advised that we take broadcast standards very seriously at THS. If any inappropriate content is seen in student projects that have been submitted to the teacher, the project will receive a 0, with no options for re-edits. Your entire team should review your project before submitting the final version.