262MC: Formats Production- Summer Homework

So over the summer you should be sparking up your creativity. On your blog, start to make a note of your thoughts on:

 TV Formats.

Quiz shows, entertainment shows, lifestyle shows, reality shows – all have a formula or format.  Watch as diverse a range you can and start to work out what it is about each of them makes them work for the intended audience.

Compare and contrast two formats on your blog. Consider the production choices that have been made to make the production successful -the presenter, contributor, set design, graphics, tone, audience interaction etc.

Reality Show: Come Dine With Me

Presenter- Narrated by Dave Lamb, comedic narration which is what makes it so popular.

Set Design- set in competitors houses or outside in the city where they live, gives a sense of reality because it is the real life with real life people.

Graphics- no graphics really used other than in the title sequence where the title actually appears. Colour filters used to take away the sense of reality from the program for a brief moment.

Tone- suitable for family viewing, not inappropriate, shown around late afternoon/early evening suitable to watch when eating dinner (connotation of food).

Audience interaction: doesn’t really interact with audiences personally but sometimes aims itself at us when narrator says “if you want to see the recipes… or apply for the show…” etc.

Quiz Show: Pointless

Presenter- Alexander Armstrong

Set Design- contestants have their own stand on the left side of the studio with scores at the front on their screen. Alexander Armstrong stands alone in front of main screen which asks the questions, in the centre. Another screen next to the main screen (closer to the contestants) showing whether a contestant was correct or not as well as how many points they scored. Richard Osmand sits on the right side of the studio behind a desk and checks whether any answers are pointless and how many people of the public said the same answer.

Graphics- including the title sequence, there are the two screens which display no lack of graphics as one is for questions and the other is for answers.

Tone- suitable for family viewing, not inappropriate, shown around late afternoon/early evening.

Audience interaction: doesn’t really interact with audiences personally but sometimes aims itself at us when presenters congratulate us if we got any answers correct at home and if we want to apply for the show.

Local Radio.

You will be making a radio programme suitable for a Coventry audience.  So start listening to a range of local radio (BBC, community and local commercial). Try listening at different times of the day and week so that you get a good understanding of the schedule. Consider the choice of presenters, the stories and the audience interaction you hear. Post your reflections upon your blog for use later.

Thinking like a Producer.

After all that watching and listening you will be ready to come up with at least one idea for a TV or radio format that you could make for this module.  You need to decide on a subject area and then a hook – the reason a sophisticated audience will want to watch. Your format needs to be offer something new or different.Prepare to pitch your idea the first week back. (You can decide how you want to do this – here’s some help: http://www.tvmole.com/2009/01/how-write-proposal-tv-commissioner-will-read/)

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