The Director is the Quarterback of the operation - delegating instructions based off a script or call sheet keeping order and ensuring all aspects of the production are being run properly. Usually the Director is the voice in everyone's ear notating any specifics in regards to camera angles, audio cues, graphics display, and script/call sheet pacing.
The Master Control / Technical Director (MC / TD) generally sits next to the director in the control room and is responsible for operating the television production switcher (and perhaps for electronic effects). The TD may also serve as the crew chief. He or she reports to the director. In the school for Creative careers live broadcast the video switcher sits at the control surface of the TriCaster and pulls up the different cameras, inserts requested wipes, dissolves and other transition effects.
Video Basics/Camera Operation
The camera operators are responsible for setting up the cameras (unless they are already set up in a studio situation) and then operating the cameras to capture the video images as requested by the director. In the school for creative careers broadcast we will go through the skills required to operate and compose proper shots along with common terminology.
Audio Recording & Playback
The audio mixer is responsible for the technical and artistic quality of the entire program sound. This job includes determining the number and placement of microphones required for the production. He or she also makes sure that the audio cables are properly plugged into the audio mixer and is responsible for the final mix (audio levels, balance, and tonal quality) of the final production.
Art of the Interview
Barbra Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno, Jerry Springer - at the end of the day what sets them apart is the fact that they were able to get the story out of their guests. The interviewer interfaces directly with the talent and is responsible for asking the right questions to facilitate dialogue and create the story.
The hub of the entire operation - Newteks "Tri-caster" series is the standard in live multi-camera broadcasting. Get real hands on experience with the same set up used on countless sets including MTV, the NFL and ESPN
Multi-Track Audio Recording
Avid's "Pro Tools" has long been the industry leader in multi-track audio recording - that combined with the infamous Cadac Type-A console from the Broadway installation of "Phantom of the Opera" & you have the perfect mix of bleeding edge technology with vintage, analog warmth.
Video Editing / Graphics
Adobe Premiere? Final Cut Pro? Sony Vegas? - We have you covered. All the tools utilized in cutting, rendering, converting & layering video are at your fingertips running on the latest hardware.
Director / Stage Management
Logistics, crew management, position assignment and talent prep are among the many things that need to happen aside from the technical aspects of a live broadcast. Gain the skills needed to keep everything in order.
Interview / Scripting
Get the story! Having engaging and interesting content is half the battle. No matter how great the production value, the production falls flat if the content isn't quality. Learn the fundamentals of telling a story and how to work with talent to get the best out of interviews.