This is going to be a slightly graphics-intensive update, we’ve been busy…
We haven’t posted any updates for a bit, because we’ve been CRAZY BUSY (well, that and Spring Break!). In the last three weeks we’ve been producing student commercials at:
- TAZ Comics
- Gracie Barra Ju Jitsu
- Big Pete’s Collectibles
- Steel Toad Brewing
- Bikes on the Drive
- Soft Peaks Ice Cream
And we’d like to thank all of these local businesses for allowing our students to practice their production skills! There have been lots of great learning experiences, including how to deal with Lower Mainland weather when shooting exteriors (bring rain gear, stay warm, craft services coffee), how to deal with unplanned power outages in your studio (commandeer an instructor’s office with windows), and how to shoot in a collectibles shop, when your crew and instructors are geeking-out over all of the goodies (limit the amount of spending money you bring!).
Only a few weeks of the term left before we switch into “Practicum Mode”, where our Television & Video Production students work with the Broadcast & Online Journalism students to create our weekly BCIT Magazine newscast!
And as always, the full sets of images from our location productions can be found on our Flickr album!
Our first year Television students are now in the midst of our initial multi-camera training production, “Studio 1 Live”. We use a talk-show format to introduce students to a basic live production, where they have the opportunity to experience the job functions necessary to produce the show, including directing, camera, audio, switching (technical directing), lighting, and more.
Some of the pictures were shot on Halloween, which may explain some of the outfits…
Commonly known as “3-point lighting”, it’s one of the basic lighting techniques that can be used to make your subjects look good in the camera. We teach it to our first-year students as one of the first core lighting techniques that is both easy to use, but versatile enough to handle a wide variety of lighting situations.
We also did a short tutorial on the proper way to coil cables. “Wrapping it around your arm” isn’t the way to go. It’s referred to in the industry as “over/under”, and it ensure that cables come out straight, with no loops or tangles.
Our second-year students have spent some time developing a short 30-second promotional video for the Television & Video Production Program.
It’s hard to get a sense of how challenging and exciting our program is, but they took a good shot at it!
It’s February, which means our first-year Television & Video Production students are in the midst of commercial productions!
The projects begin at this time in the spring every year and are designed to take the foundation skills that students learn in courses teaching planning productions, camera, lighting, editing and writing, and apply them in team projects.
The first set of commercials that the student production companies are working on this term:
- BC Transplant Society
- Commercial Drive Midwives
- Nike 6.0 Shoes
- Press Start Video Games
- Muscular Sclerosis Society Canada
- Frank’s Red Hot
- What8ver Cafe
- BCIT SIFE