Friday, April 28, 2017

Advanced Television Production/Editing Students Take to the Studio!

Below are links to three studio productions my SC State communications students did in our Advanced Television and Production course.

Starting off, Stephen Mason and Marshall Padgett examine the ongoing NBA playoffs in this broadcast recorded in SC State's television studio on April 27, 2017. Alliyah Charles did a great job on the Tricaster, directing the show with assistance from classmate Shay Bowman.

 Marshall Padgett and Stephen Mason on set. The TV magic happens in the control via the
NewTek Tricaster "studio in a box" system.  

Using the Tricaster to create virtual sets is an important learning experience for students at SC State such as Alliyah Charles (right) and Shay Bowman.
The end result is a professional looking backdrop, graphics and overall quality for our productions!

Next, Bridgette Fredrick interviews the newly elected/crowned Mr. South Carolina State University Joshua Tribble, who is a communications major (as is Bridgette) and ROTC member.

In interviews like this, the setting looks rather plain, wouldn't you say?  

But here in the control room is where the magic happens with the Tricaster system and the skills of Shay Bowman at the controls! Maurice Taylor assisted Shay by communicating her instructions to the folks in the studio.  

In the studio, Naheka Sumpter and Wymark Barton operated the cameras and cued the on-air duo.

Naheka views the studio monitor during the "live on tape" recording. 

A third team chose to speak about a popular subject for all of us: love! Here are Shaliyah North and Daniel Bradley.  

Maurice Taylor ably ran the board for this segment. Shay Bowman assisted. 

The green walls are the key to being able to do these virtual sets. 
It was fun doing these studio productions. Fun too to do them on the last day of Spring semester classes!  On set, below, are Shaliyah North and Daniel Bradley. Wymark Barton is on studio camera. 

Last but not least, this is a commentary video by communications student Robbie Stephenson that covers several areas. 

Isaiah Hughes did a great job directing this project and running the Tricaster during the recording session. Zhanamiek Whaley ran the teleprompter and Jalen Ryant was floor director. 
Great job all teams!  

Isaiah and the team did some post-production on this interview, adding still shots and video clips.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"Quick Takes" Report Takes to the Road- Literally!

It's not exactly planes, trains and automobiles, but how about roads, cars and bridges???   These are three topics I address in my latest version of "Quick Takes" picture-in-picture project that I have my video production do at South Carolina State University.  Lead (and teach) by example, I always say!

If anyone is interested in the old Ford Thunderbird I showed in this video, get in touch with me and tell you more.  

Above is an image from Adobe Premiere Pro that shows the blending of the different video and audio channels used in producing this video.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Delighting with Three Point Lighting!

Three point lighting is a production set up used commonly in photography, videography and cinematography. It's important for students interested in these areas to understand the importance of this concept and how to make it happen using three studio or field lights.

I had my TV production and editing students go into our studio and properly execute and photograph three point lighting.

In this photo, Isaiah Hughes (seated left) is being interviewed by Shay Bowman. Wymark Barton is operating the video camera.

The three lights are called the following: key light, side/fill light, and back/hair light.

Key light (right light): this is the primary light positioned over the interviewer's shoulder (Isaiah Hughes) used to illuminate the guest's face (Stephen Mason)

Fill/Side light (center): fills in the shadows created by the key light so the light is even across the guest's face

Back/hair light (left): illuminates the space behind the guest's head so he/she stands out from the background

Here's how three point lighting is defined on Wikipedia: "By using three separate positions, the photographer can illuminate the shot's subject (such as a person) however desired, while also controlling (or eliminating entirely) the shading and shadows produced by direct lighting."

Jalen Ryant, in the photo at the right, is the guest. Marshall Padgett is the interviewer and Wymark Barton is on the right.

I also had the students take this photograph, which offers a neat perspective on the video interview scenario.

The three point lighting end result is an appealing and pleasant close up shot of Isaiah's face.

Time for Naheka Sumpter's closeup!

Wymark Barton's time to shine!

For a video tutorial on the three point lighting concept and set up, click here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chestnut Street Pedestrian Bridge Update- Fall 2016

Construction is moving along on- or we should say above- Chestnut Street by the SC State campus.

Some 1,100 students live in the University Village and Campus Corner apartments across Chestnut Street, meaning many of them daily have to walk across the busy highway to get to school. In 2014, SC State students held a rally to call for the over the road span, which has been the scene of at least one injury and many close calls.

The bridge has long been advocated by the SC State community because of the potential hazards students face crossing the high-speed highway.

Here's a video update report I produced:

The bridge should soon be open. Months ago, March was the predicted completion month. It appears today that only final touches need to be done, including placing the SC State logo on the bridge. This rendering shows how the finished project will look. And it sure looks good, right?! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sequence Shooting Project Starring Daniel and Naheka

Here at SC State, this was a project in my TV production and editing class. The task is to shoot and edit a student leaving our classroom building and going outside. The goal is to shoot and direct this so that there are at least 10 sequences.

The purpose of this project is to stress the importance of in-camera editing or sequence shooting in video production and visual storytelling.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Students Weigh In On Trump Presidency and Obama Legacy

SC State communication student Mariah Reed produced this report on the reaction of SC State University students to the new presidency of Donald Trump and the legacy of the man he replaced, Barack Obama.

Donald Trump's election has created big changes in South Carolina's government. Gov. Nikki Haley has stepped down from that office to become the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Her lieutenant governor Henry McMaster was recently sworn in as the Palmetto State's new governor.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Studio Stand Ups!

Shayauna Bowman
For my Advanced Television Production and Editing students we shot the opening and closing parts for their Trump presidency person-on-the-street reports in our TV studio.

With our Newtek Tricaster "studio in a box" machine we are able to access an array of "virtual" sets.

You see in these photo how Isaiah Hughes is shot against the "green screen" backdrop.  Then you see how he looks amid the virtual set.

Stephen Mason is in the studio control room running the board, making the green screen magic happen. He directs the studio activity from here and records the students on-camera efforts.  That's Shay Bowman in the air monitor to the right.  

Stephen Mason
Shaliyah North 

Jalen Ryant

With the Tricaster and a little training, we can do "virtually" anything in creating professional-looking TV production videos!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Standard Stand Ups

My broadcast journalism students this week are shooting stand ups for their Trump/Obama person on the street (POS) reports.

These photos show the proper positioning of the camera, videographer and reporter for effective, high quality stand ups, in which the reporter is conveying information essential to the story.

We made sure the sun on this bright day is behind the camera and shining in the face of the reporter. You try to avoid having the sun behind the reporter as it will shut down the camera's iris and darken the reporter.

Mufasa Shaw (on camera) and Mariah Reed
Csyabeaw Ford (on camera) and Brianna Sailem

Brianna Sailem (on camera) and Csyabeaw Ford 
Stand ups allow a reporter to shine, they really do!  Here are some more tips for effective, credible and creative report stand ups.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trump Presidency/Obama Legacy Campus Interviews

The day before Donald Trump's inauguration as America's new president, my broadcasting students went around campus to ask students their views on Trump's pending presidency.

They also inquired about the legacy of Barack Obama's two terms in the White House.

The students are putting together news reports with the responses they gathered. I look forward to seeing them!