161mc: Roles

Today we met up and pitched for our roles within the TV production team. We were all quite lucky in securing the roles we had auditioned for. The members of the group who didn’t attend the meeting got the remaining roles, hopefully they will be as happy as those of us who turned up.

  • Corina Bonte- VT/GFX Mixer & Website Designer
  • Farai Mbudaya- Presenter & Music Producer
  • Harry James- Camera Op
  • Husain Gholoom- Vision Mixer
  • Irina Iliesei- Floor Manager & VT Content Producer/Direct in Amsterdam
  • Jana Soltisik- Camera Op
  • Kai Jueles Davis- Director
  • Lamarr Unpredictable Campbell- Engineer/graphic design
  • Lavinia Botirca- Presenter & Social Media Producer/Sound & Camera Op in Amsterdam
  • Mike Ssewagudde- Script Supervisor
  • Sehoon Lee- Camera Op
  • Tara Rutledge- Producer
  • Toby Read- Sound Mixer
  • Viktor Zigalik- PA

We looked over the email I had written up to send to the swing school in amsterdam and after a few tweaks we agreed it was ready to send – fingers crossed they are happy to work with us.

 

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161mc: Makeover Team

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Today I visited a Vintage Fair at Blackfriars in Gloucester where I met two lovely ladies who have just started up a Vintage Hair and Makeup business called Yesterday’s Darlings. I talked to them about possibly appearing on our tv show to do a 1920’s style hair and makeup make over on one of our audience members while the show is going live. They said they would love to be involved but as they were in Gloucestershire it was a bit too far for them to travel.

So I’m now on the lookout for a similar company a bit closer to home:

https://www.facebook.com/doyouevenmakeup/?fref=nf

https://www.facebook.com/SarahRussellMUA/

161mc: CW2 Blog Task 3 : Should the BBC license fee be scrapped?

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Should the BBC license fee be scrapped – consider the for and against arguments and pick a side.

The BBC License fee costs viewers £145.50 a year and brings the BBC an approximate annual revenue of £3.5 billion. Yet £11 million of that money is wasted sending out letters to people who don’t pay a tv license (*1). The BBC remind us, on their website (BBC-Inside the BBC), that the TV license costs just under 40p per day and has only increased by $10 in the past 9 years and is now frozen at it’s current price until 2017.

Let’s compare this to Netflix whose subscription equates to between 20p and 30p (approx.) per day, depending on how many screens you choose to view on, or Amazon Prime subscription which works out at approx 22p per day.

I personally believe the BBC License fee should be scrapped. Not that I want us to lose the BBC , and some of the amazing television programs they produce, I just feel times have moved forward and the idea of a legally enforced ‘license’ is a little outdated. We live in an age where less and less people watch television in it’s conventional form. Most people choose to watch programmes, at their convenience, online and the window to do this with BBC programmes is getting smaller and smaller. After 30 days all BBC shows now become archived and you have to pay a fee to watch them (*2). This seems strange if our license fee is paying to make them in the first place, why should customers need be charged twice?

Also with services like Netflix and Amazon Prime you can opt in and out. If you are not going to be watching for a while, or are struggling with your finances, you can take a break for a month or two or cancel altogether. With the TV license there is no such luxury and even if you opt out and decide to unplug your tv aerial and only watch television programmes online, after their transmission, you will still be hounded to prove you are not doing anything ‘illegal’. As someone without a TV license I have had more than one visit by TV license representatives wanting to enter my property and inspect my television and question me about my viewing practices. This seems a little invasive and I have read many stories online of heavy-handed representatives barging their way into homes, without permission, when they have no actual authority to behave in such a manner (*3).

Many people believe that if ITV and Channel 4 can run perfectly well gaining their revenue through advertising, then maybe it is time for the BBC to follow suit. The BBC has always rebuffed this argument with concerns about the general public being brainwashed by advertising and the BBC needing to remain impartial and untarnished by such things, but as more and more product placement appears in BBC television shows, intentional or not, I’m not sure this argument holds much weight.

Not that i’m even sure that the BBC needs to be sponsored at all, as it now has several other sources of income. In 1995 the BBC formed BBC Worldwide, a subsidiary of the BBC set up to sell their shows for broadcast abroad with the aim of supplementing the income received by the BBC through the licence fee (*4)In 2013/14 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £157.4 million and headline sales of £1,042.3 million and returned £173.8m to the BBC (*5). They also sell television formats to be ‘Americanized’. Strictly Come Dancing became Dancing with the Stars and the BBC’s four episode run of House of Cards became a major show for Netflix. But it’s not just America that these formats are sold to, it is very much an international enterprise. Profits like these, combined with sales of their weekly magazine The Radio Times and the huge increase in BBC dvd and memorabilia sales, make me wonder if customers should actually be getting some monetary return from their investment in the BBC rather than being charged a annual fee to view it?

*1:£3.7bn in licence fees in 2012/3 from more than 25 million licences with collection costs of just 3% of revenue according to a TV Licensing spokesperson quoted in The Huffington Post UK 25/04/2014 17:01 BST

*2:http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/features/buy-and-keep

*3:https://www.reddit.com/r/unitedkingdom/comments/395f6m/just_been_bullied_by_the_tv_license_officer_an/

*4:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Worldwide

*5:BBC Worldwide – Annual Review 2013/14 – Annual Review 2014

161mc: Logo & Title Sequence

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After deciding on a name we started researching colours used on other shows and began to decide on the general look we wanted for SIX@SIX. We wanted to convey a bright, vibrant logo and appeal to as many age groups as possible so we opted for a red, white and black colour scheme. Corina made a great sparkling, space effect background for our logo and title sequence, Jana found us the perfect font with a gold glow that reflects both old and new and gives our logo a more sophisticated look. I found a piece of intro music i really liked and Farai made it long enough to fit the title sequence and here is the finished piece:

MCM Comic Con

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Get your geek on this weekend as Birmigham’s NEC opens it’s doors to the weird and the wonderful with MCM’s Comic Convention from Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th March 2017.

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Peruse the stalls, where you’ll find everything from TV show memorabilia to kitsch anime accessories, superhero homeware to international drinks and candies, Pokemon mini figures to life size soft toy costumes for plushy fans.

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Some of the celebrities making an appearance at the Birmingham convention this year are: Victoria Atkin and Paul Amos from the video game spin off Assassin’s Creed Syndicate; Tom Mison who plays Icabod Crane in the hugely popular Sleepy Hollow; Hannah Spearrit and Andrew Lee Potts from the ITV series Primeval; Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn aka The Cat and Kryton from the long running cult comedy series Red Dwarf: Helene Joy and Thomas Craig from the Sherlock rivaling Murdoch Mysteries; and Doctor Who and Penny Dreadful star, Billie Piper.

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Visitors also have the option to pay a little extra and have a mini photo shoot with their favourite star, approx. £15-£30 depending on the celebrity.

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Costumes are not mandatory, but they are loads of fun, and can often prove as a great disguise. In 2014 Tom Felton spent the whole day at Birmingham MCM Comic Con dressed as The Joker. He posed with many fans in his costume, none of them realising they were snapping a selfie with Draco Malfoy, until he tweeted about it later that evening.

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Really pull out the stops with your outfit and you could enter the Cosplay Masquerades, just look out for the Cosplay Desk on entry and sign up for the competition at the beginning of either day.

General tickets cost £15 on the day or £11 in advance. With options for Priority Entry £20 on the day or £16 online. You can book your tickets here through The MCM Expo Store

http://www.mcmexpostore.com/collections/birmingham-comic-con-memorabilia

161mc: What’s in a name?

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I really wanted to come up with a name for our TV show that reflected the fact that it was a daily event and reminded people exactly when it was on. All the best names already seemed to be taken:

The Tonight Show
The Late Show
The Six O’Clock Show

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So what are we left with? Maybe:

The Evening Show? The Tea Time Show?
The Six Show?  The 6 Show?
depending on how many segments are in the show
Six at Six?
or
The Big Six at Six?

or maybe something that points out our live aspect

Six Live? Evening Live?  The Live Show?

Today Live?

After putting all the ideas forward our group decided on

SIX@SIX

as our show would be on at six o’clock in the evening and had six news segments. We Hoped the @ symbol in place of the word at would also reveal that our TV show was quite modern and fun.

 

Pepakura

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As part of International Women’s Week Coventry’s FabLab hosted a Pepakura Papercraft session at the WOW Cafe in the City Arcade today.

Pepakura is a Japanese form of papercraft, similar to origami. But whereas origami involves making an object from a single sheet of paper, using just folding techniques, pepakura incorporates cutting and gluing to make a more complex 3D construction.

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The paper model being made and decorated at the session today was a 3D sculpture of a rabbit by the German artist Jan Krummrey. Jan has been making and designing pepakuras for many years and is famous for his DIY tutorials on instuctables.com. If you missed today’s session, but would like to have a go at making your own bunny in time for Easter, there is another Pepakura Papercraft workshop at 2pm on Saturday 12th March at Sapphire Papercuts, also located in the City Arcade, Coventry.

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For further information please contact Heather Parker. tel: 0780 800 2005 email: heather.parker@coventry.ac.uk

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There are many more events going on around the city over the next few days to celebrate Interntional Women’s Week. From a play at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, to Open Mic nights and Pampering sessions. To find out what’s happening in your area check out the official website below.

http://covwomensweek.org

161mc: Set Design and Amsterdam research

This is the kind of set design I’d like for our show. I think something that looks Carnivalesque would work well with our chosen theme of Weird and Wonderful.

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I’ve found some lights really similar to the ones in the photo:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joyin®-Clear-String-Lights-waterproof/dp/B012C2BUAC/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1457470491&sr=8-13&keywords=string+lights

and i hope we may have found a  possible venue for our international link:

http://swingstreet.nl

Now to message them and hope they are happy to work with us.

161mc: CW2 Blog Task 2: Bug vs Rude Tube

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Buga magazine style clip show based around strange and unusual music videos on YouTube and the online audience’s reaction to them.

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Rude Tubea magazine style clip show based around viral videos on YouTube accompanied by interviews with the people who made the films or starred in them.

The Presenters

Adam Buxton

Adam Buxton is half of alternative comedy duo Adam and Joe and presenter of their  popular Channel 4 show, The Adam and Joe Show (1996-2001) The show had a large cult following and led to the Adam and Joe Radio Show (2007-2011) on BBC Radio 6 Music which had approx. 160,000 listeners a week, and 380,000 podcast downloads a month.

Presenters or actors with loyal fans or ‘cult followings’, such as Adam and Joe’s, guarantee a large instant audience base and so are a great anchor for a new TV show.

Adam plays, very much, the underdog and is happy to laugh at himself. He has had mediocre success but he is not mainstream enough that he has ‘sold out’. His show is on Sky Atlantic not Sky One. This is a level of success people are comfortable with, a level they can imagine themselves attaining if they decided to try the role out for themselves, but not too high that they feel resentful and need to knock him.

Alex Zane

Alex started his career in comedy, doing well at open mic nights and penning material for The Eleven O’Clock Show (1998-2000) and Smack the Pony  (1999-2003) He then moved to London and worked for several alternative/indie stations, including Xfm, where he was suspended over a controversial song he and his team had penned about rape, ‘I Won’t Take No for An Answer’. Although the three of them returned to the show a week later Alex left Xfm, quite abruptly, eight months later.

A year on and he was picked up by NME Radio to co host their Friday night show, Radio Propaganda, with DJ Dan in 2010. During this time he was also signed up by Channel 4 and was soon doing guest appearances on panel show 8 out of 10 Cats and presenting coverage of V Festival

Alex is not shy of controversy and in 2007 had a very public feud with indie band The Enemy. Refusing to play their songs on his radio show, after they banned him airing an interview recorded with him for Channel 4 music show Popworld. His comedy is also quite controversial, particuarly his performances on prank show Balls of Steel, and I think this made him an ideal choice as the presenter of a show like Rude Tube. He would not be fazed by the more risqué side of comedy, that it reveals, and neither would his fans.

—The Look 

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Adam Buxton’s Bug opens with gold bugs running across the screen and finally merging into a hill, above which we see the distinctive Bug logo. The opening titles colours of gold and black are repeated in the set and graphics. The large background screen displays the Bug logo, when not showing video clips, and even Adam’s laptop has the logo design on it, so whichever camera angle is being used we are always reminded of exactly which show we are watching. The colors are quite masculine, hoping to appeal to the ‘hipster’ style of man Adam jokes about himself being and who his audience also identify with.

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The Rude Tube logo and set have changed through several series but the set design always contains bright vibrant colors. A rainbow of strong hues; mainly red, blues and purples. Definitely no pastels. I believe these colours have been chosen to appeal to the late teen to early 30’s age group, and like the choices made in Bug’s set design, they also lean towards capturing a male audience. Possibly the very age range of audience Adam Buxton’s previous venture, The Adam and Joe Show, would have been catering to. Like Bug the show’s logo is always present on a screen behind Alex as he presents.

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Both the Rude Tube studio and Bug’s make great use of lighting as an injection of colour. Blocks of rainbow coloured lighting on Rude Tube and large lamps with gold filtered light on Bug’s set. Alex’s show can also use much brighter lighting as it is not recorded in front of a live audience, as Bug is.

The Content

Both Bug and Rude Tube are clip shows and the internet clips shown have a highly humorous content. Adam (46) and Alex (37) write content for the shows as well as presenting them and after many years in the business know exactly who their target audience is and what makes them happy.

Bug often features music videos and both shows often have a central theme for each episode. The late teen to mid/late twenties, predominantly male, audience Adam had as part of The Adam and Joe Show would now be mid thirties to late forties and looking for a TV show of their own that wasn’t  just a replica of Top Gear. Adam’s brand of humor may have matured a little, as he has, but it is still largely the same and as he writes the comedy segments for the show and picks the YouTube clips his fans are guaranteed the humor they’ve come to expect from him and are reassured by the familiar face they grew up with.

Rude Tube’s recent episodes include Cats v Dogs, Prank Bank, 200% Cats and Rudelympics. Mixing the more controversial side of the internet with a guaranteed crowd pleaser, cats doing dumb stuff. 

—What do you like and why? What would you change?

The YouTube comments read out by Adam Buxton are, by far, my favourite part of the show.  It always amuses me how cross people can get with things online and Adam’s choice of unusual voices makes the comments even funnier. Fans have even begun to comment on some heated posts:

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My least favourite item on Bug is Adam’s singing VT’s. I’m really sorry Adam, if you ever come across my blog, I love everything else about your show but The Sushi Song really was terrible. Although still better than The Counting Song, but i’ll leave it here for other people to make their own mind up about it.

On Rude Tube I really like the interviews with the people behind their video clips. It’s amazing to hear the story behind something particuarly bizarre or dangerous on the show or to be surprised that even stranger things happened before the camera started rolling.

If I had the chance I’d like to change the TV studio set for Rude Tube. I love the rainbow of colours they use, and the set photo I featured earlier is an example of when the show has got the design really right, but in some episodes it can begin to look a little garish.

Think of one item idea that would work for each programme.

I think both show’s could benefit from an item that made them more interactive with their audience. I would introduce a Best Internet Clip segment, as voted for each week by the viewers at home. Ten new music videos would be uploaded to the Bug website and ten YouTube videos uploaded to the RudeTube website. Which ever video proved most popular with voting viewers would be played on the show and a prize would awarded to one lucky voter as a lure to get the audience voting.

 

161mc: International link

After speaking to our tutor Danai, who has worked with many members of the Swing dance community, she is very confident that we should be able contact a club in Amsterdam and possibly film there for our international link. Really excited about this idea and a little sad that I’m not visiting Amsterdam myself. After doing a little research I think I need to be a bit more specific in my google searches though 🙂

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I contacted Matthew to check exactly where in Amsterdam the students would be staying. He assured us that as Amsterdam is quite a small city, most places should be within walking distance from the students base near the Prinsengracht canal, in the south of the city.

So after a few google searches I have found a dance school called Swing Street. It looks perfect for our project so I am putting an email together to send them right now.

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