As there are so many groups producing TV shows at the same time booking actual sessions in the TV studio was getting quite restricted. We were beginning to worry that we wouldn’t have enough practice run throughs so we decided to set up a fake studio in the basement at Ellen Terry.
We borrowed 3 dslr’s and three tripods from the loan shop and set them up in the same positions as the cameras in the TV studio. We used one of the meeting room sofa’s and projected the title sequence and VT’s onto the projection screen, running everything as we wanted it to work on the day. I stood in as our special guest and Irina timed each take so we could try and get it bang on ten minutes.
After several hours of practicing this way we all felt a lot more confident and have arrange to use this faux studio method over the next few days to perfect everything and ensure our presenters know their scripts inside out. Especially as Shaun has just messaged us to say the Script Prompter may not be working on the day of the shoot.