Friday, February 3, 2012

We Are Live in Three, Two, One...

Busy, busy, busy!
Besides the obvious internal conflict about you know what, I've been getting busy.
Mostly work type busyness, as I'm trying to use what little time I have to get more involved with school related things.
My job is not exactly rewarding, I'm not doing what I should be doing, so I decided a while back to try and get into some things that might be funner.
Most of my spare time unfortunately is in the mornings:

That was taken right before the snow started falling.
Anyways, we have like closed circuit tv in our classes, and every day we have like a morning news.
It used to be live, then they went to tape, then back to live.
That's where I was asked to help out.
The live part I mean.
The kids pretty much to do everything, anchor, camera work, news features, etc.
The instructor sort of puts it all together and kids being kids, makes sure it's all ready to go.
I usually help out with the computer graphics, the stuff that appears below the screen, like headlines, which is done here in the booth:

One of them other computers runs the video features, and you can see the switching board right in the middle.
After I clean up the graphics a bit, I move over to the studio where I have a look at the script for the day.
It's written out, but it's also loaded onto some prompting software and scrolled in front of the anchors, who sit here:

If you squint yer eyeballs, you can see the back of the prompt screen on the bottom.
I mostly check for errors and make sure there aren't any places in the script where the anchors can stumble or have difficulty in getting out.
We usually spend about 45 minutes of prep to get a six minute broadcast out.
Lemme tell you, it's a pretty hectic six minutes!
It's really fun and the kids get a kick out of having the whole school see their efforts.
While it is only a small part of my morning, it does help to make the day go by just a little faster.
If I get permission, maybe I post up some images of the kids doing some work!
Don't touch that dial!


John Romeo Alpha said...

That's cool! I bet some kids get nervous, while others just perform naturally. What background is used with the green screen, does it change? Beach, waves, volcano, Tour de France, dinosaurs, would be my choices.

limom said...

I'm not sure about the background.
I haven't actually seen the show yet.
The part that comes out of the tv I mean.
Wait! here ya go:

I guess it's just green.
I'll see if I can do something about that.

Steve A said...

Think snow. It's winter and how cool would snow in Hawaii be?

limom said...

Snow is overrated.
Unless you are an eskimo.
Or a penguin.