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Multimedia Production: Media Workflow 2 - Preparing For Work

TechNewsResearching for a production can be a tedious job, requiring a considerable amount of time scurrying for information from various sources, with the Internet being the most convenient, albeit secondary in most cases, and direct queries which don't always work in the favor of severely underaged reporters that we employ. That being said, there are instances where people tend to be more cooperative (orResearch can be a very good exercise in thinking and planning, if done right. at least more sympathetic) to the cause when kids are involved, instead of irritating adults pressing for answers when there is none to give. The reason why research demands so much time and focus is because a production is only worth its weight in content. Even a purely fictitious drama needs some semblance of reality, a link to current issues, if it's to attract any attention, garnering empathy from the audience. More so in a fact-based inquiry such as a news report, a documentary or a magazine show, where the type of contents presented, along with the style of presentation can make a world of difference in acceptance and viewer rating. In this day of tip-of-the-finger information, simple and basic information simply just doesn't cut it anymore. Producers need to come up with something unique, out of the ordinary, or issues that have previously skipped most people's attention to make their shows stand out. Not only that, the 'facts' need to be checked-out before they are released to the masses, which means even more work to validate each material prior to production.

Then there is the more technical aspect of the matter, that is researching the necessities and capabilities to be had during production. In other words, finding out what kind of equipment will be necessary versus what we already have, conducting reconnaissance on the location (otherwise known as 'recce' to the initiated) to determine the kind of terrain we'll be working on, if weather is going to be a concern, the sort of people we'd expect to be present during a shooting session, whether there are protocols and special procedures to be heeded, what events are supposed to take place during production, how much control the crew is going to have over how things go on, the availability of power supply, and many more aspects that must be sorted out before we start packing up. In this respect, a session that takes place at a considerable distance from home base would naturally present a bigger challenge, since we will need to be more careful in how we prepare for it. Leaving behind a piece of equipment or two is definitely not an option. However, in this article, we will focus on the former side of research, as we will encounter the latter again once we start discussing Equipment Preparation.

A well organized, highly accessible document storage and retrieval system helps to provide a conducive working environment for the entire crew.There are two main documents that a producer will have to prepare when conducting a research, at least as far as MEDIASENA is concerned. The first of those is the project proposal, which contains elements such as the title of the show, a brief introduction, the objectives, the duration, the language in which it will be delivered, the budget (if any), the running order (a minute-by-minute arrangement of the contents) and a conclusion to sum up the entire document. This document is important as it outlines the proposed show in a concise and comprehensive manner to be presented to the crew, the sponsors, the tv station, and any other person that will be involved in the production. A show is born out of an idea, a creative spark inside someone's head that results from an interplay between inspiration and imagination, and the project proposal outlines the idea so that everyone else in the team can see it too. The second document that MEDIASENA (but not necessarily everyone) uses is a list of questions that need to be answered during the preproduction and production stages, as well as the sources of the answers for each question. Although informal, this list of information will help guide the producers and the rest of the crew on the types of information that they will need to acquire in order to have sufficient relevant contents for the show. Furthermore, the same document also helps the crew sift out the useful bunch of data from the huge collection of materials gathered regarding the subject, based on the objectives outlined in the project proposal.

The available sources of information vary according to the subject at hand, the capabilities of the crew, and even the amount of available budget. For instance, MEDIASENA is composed of crew members as young as 9 year olds, and no older than 12. Therefore, unless there are special financial allocation and permission for them to interview someone living outside the state, or even the country, it may not happen at all. Even then, it depends on whether the parties involved will acquiesce to their requests. There are, in fact, workplaces with official policies allowing only those aged 13 or older to enter, as MEDIASENA has found out more than once. However, there are other avenues of information that can be scoured, the Internet proving to be the most convenient source for the crew, if not the most reliable. It is an unfortunate fact that any data obtained from it must be validated again and again, to avoid presenting false information to viewers later on, as anyone with a minimal amount of ICT know-how is capable of publishing on the Internet these days. Then there's the library, the newspapers, colleagues, as well as family and community members who may have some knowledge pertaining to the subject matter. All of these sources must be exploited and utilized to the max to ensure that in the end, we have enough to produce. Failing to do so might mean that our show will drawl on without anything to pull in the interest of our audience, and therefore viewer rating, as was previously mentioned.

Finally, it is perhaps essential to remind ourselves that a popular show (that is, a show with a good rating) is not necessarily one with a high level of quality to it. A melancholic drama series may be popular because its target audience consists of viewers who prefer to watch something of that nature, while a more cerebral production such as a documentary or a knowledge-based discussion may lack support because it requires the viewership to have a higher level of understanding and intelligence, not to say that there isn't any market for such programs. With the right kind of publicity, and a healthy dose of sensationalism, those shows may actually be able to catch the attention of a bigger crowd than originally expected. Some spectacular investigative reports have managed to do this by adding some dramatization to their analyses. The point is, with proper planning, a unique and brilliant presentation, and arresting contents, even highly challenging materials can gain a wide acceptance across a variety of target groups. And it all begins with a thorough and exhaustive research by a dedicated, intelligent and hardworking crew prepared to think outside the box, and beyond local conventions. --> Next release: Training

 

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