One of my interests is history. I have always enjoyed history and recently I created a program about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot in the year 1605.
Because of the opportunities open to me now at the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) studios I decided to try to create a history program using the green screen fascilities.
So back in the summer, August I began planning “Remember, Remember,” a program about the Gunpowder Plot in England in 1605. Some of you may be familiar with the tale which was also used as a theme in the movie “V For Vendetta.”
The program took about one month to research and put together. I personally love the historical research part of the job. Then I booked the studio for several hours in September. This may seem early but in order to make the program in time to be released before November 5 it had to be finished and sent to the scheduling department by mid October.
A lot of TV work involves planning backwards. Have a broadcast date in mind. Put in the broadcast request at least two weeks before, arrange to have the program edited at least 72 hours before that last possible broadcast request date to allow you to watch and suggest possible final edits. So that is why many Christmas Holiday programs are recorded in the Summer. You have lots of deadlines to meet prior to that final airing.
Well we had about two hours of recording in the studio, that was edited down to just over thirty minutes. Since I cannot read an autocue machine, a script running under the camera lens, all of the words had to come from memory. Thus makin lots of mistakes is an occupational hazard in such productions. But my crew worked with me. Inputting lots of ideas as we went along.
Then after the recording and making of back-up files we spent two weeks about thirty hours in editing and rendering the final product submitting on time for broadcast on November 3.
You Can see ‘Remember, Remember: What is Guy Fawkes Night” by following the link below.