Radio 1 Live Lounge: making radio visual

July 25, 2019 posted by

So today's the third day of the training
course at Radio 1. Today we're in studio so today's the
practical day. We've spent some time earlier in the week
looking at the various craft skills of the work done by the Radio 1
Visualisation Team. So we've looked at vision mixing skills,
we've done some practicals around that. We've talked
about the skills of a director and the art form of directing. We've looked at at a lot of examples and
discussed shot choices and shot sizes. So the band is set up like this, now what would you do? I'd move them round here probably. I'm one of the course producers and my specialism that I bring to this is that I'm a freelance multi-camera director. Being one of the directors of the Live Lounge requires a broad set of skills, because they're vision mixing their own
content, that directing so they're calling cameras, coming to the studio with a vision that
they're trying to capture with the cameras. On other days
they're having to operate those cameras. They're having to liaise with the sound team and the artists. They're having to work live and under
pressure probably with very little opportunity to
rehearse so that requires quite a lot of skills. The Live Lounge has been filmed by the
visualisation thing for quite a while now. As is the trend really with a lot of
content going online they get a significant amount of viewers for their content online through the various
channels such as YouTube and iPlayer and so on. With more people watching it and with the facilities going HD the time has sort of come to really try
and up the craft quality of the work that's being done. So today we did a run-through of directors lingo, we did
some artistic stuff critiquing of music direction, we also finished up with a dummy run with a band called Jacob & Goliath in the Live Lounge doing actual directing of music. We don't face many challenges when
recording in the Live Lounge as it's our space, but because we're working with engineers
who want to get best sound for radio, there is compromise involved in what we
wanna do and what they wanna do. We work very closely together so the overlap is normally quite smooth and works quite effectively. We like to think! They've got band in there, they're each doing their own Live Lounge and it's a sort of coached scenario where they shoot a band and then we'll review it back then we
move on to the next director. I wouldn't waste time saying please and thank you. They're on payroll – they've got to do it!! I think visualisation is important
because of a new generation of listener and consumer of Radio 1. They kind of of expect a bit more than the
radio because they can go on YouTube and find their favourite artists doing things in other places, like a TV station. The more you do and the more familiar you get with it, the more you will just naturally start directing. Also young peoples media
consumption habits are changing quite a lot. People are spending as much time on
their tablet or on their laptop or on their computer or on their phone as much as being in the office listening
to radio in the car or in the bedroom so we gotta compete with more platforms than we did say,
fifteen years ago. If I was to give someone advice about how to get into visualisation I would say shoot as much as you can, edit as much as you can learn to do as much as you can because when I was 15 people were still shooting onto
VHS tapes and stuff like that. The
technology wasn't as cheap and easily available as it is now. It's all out there so get as much experience as you can doing stuff at the moment. I would say be just prepared to do things off your own back really. We really need a can-do attitude. We get to do some really fun stuff and all those long hours are amply repayed in the fun we have and the content we produce.

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