Scottish Parliament Broadcasting Unit – Behind the Scenes – Day in the Life of Holyrood Highlights

Scottish Parliament Broadcasting Unit – Behind the Scenes – Day in the Life of Holyrood Highlights


Light hearted accordian music, Behind the lens at the Scottish Parliament This week I was on a work placement with the Scottish Parliament’s Broadcasting department which gave me an insight into what is involved in producing a programme for Broadcast. I went behind the scenes to find out more. Douglas Carter, Holyrood Highlights Camera Operator and Editor,In this room we keep all the equipment to do with Broadcasting be it cameras or microphones or any of the audio visual stuff and this wall is where we keep all of the cameras. We have three camera kits which are stored here at the moment. Two DSR 500’s here, each with their own tripod, sound recording kit and wheels for moving them around and then over here in this one we keep the EX1 which is what I’m holding here. It’s got it’s own lightweight tripod. My placement began with an interview with local MP, Michael Matheson, SNP. Andrew Johnston, Holyrood Highlights, Producer/Presenter, That was an interview for Holyrood Highlights, that was Michael Matheson who is deputy convener of the European and external relations committee. Today they were taking evidence from John Swiney who is the cabinet secretary for Finance and sustainable growth. They were taking evidence on the European’s response to the financial crisis basically asking how the Scottish Government were applying and using any grants or money that the European union are providing and whether or not they’re using it effectively or not. So we’ve now done the interview and we’re going to go into the edit suite and we will cut his interview with actuality from the committee. One of the highlights of the week was being shown the main chamber and given an in depth look at how the technical equipment operates. I learned alot about the auto cue and how it works and also how the cameras in the in the main chamber are linked together. BBC’s Alan Meldrum provided me with a great insight into the technicalities of how it all works. Along with the team, I observed an interview wth SNP Andrew Welsh who gave a gloomy look on the economic status for the upcoming years. .. At a time of recession, We’ve now reached record levels of borrowing, one estimate puts the debt at somewhere over one trillion up to one point five trillion, so in otherwords what is being created is almost a perfect financial storm and that will.. it’s like a tsunami waiting to hit Scotland in 2010/11 because our budget then will be effected. It will be the tightest settlement that we face, dire straights financially. My next stop was on the bottom floor of the Scottish Parliament’s building. So yes all it was is that it was too late, too early coming in.. Our construction industry has got to be helped so that maybe construction contracts that will, they can’t afford. and we’re taking evidence from a financial.. Yes. Okay it’s Wednesday lunchtime, it is five to two, we have an interview in five minutes time and we’ll be speaking to Jeremy Purvis, Jeremy Purvis is a local democrat member of the Scottish Parliament and at five oclock tomorrow, he’ll be sponsoring a member’s business event sponsoring a leader’s debate and that debate is on care homes specifically private care homes and their accountability. If you have an issue with them, can you call them to account so we’re waiting here in the garden foyer at the moment. If you pan to your right, you’ll see Douglas is all set up to do the interview. The garden foyer can be a difficult environment to cope with as you can see there are different shafts of sunlight and there’s also different audio levels to work out especially woman who walk past in high heels! So I’m the Producer and Presenter of the programme, this is our final item that we’re going to and it will be a teaser. The programme will be broadcast at half twelve tomorrow. At the end of the programme we’ll just say something along the lines of make sure you tune in at five oclock for this debate by Jeremy Purvis, it’s on care home accountability, here’s a quick teaser on it and then we’ll cut to this interview we’re doing now where Jeremy will say this is an important issue and why. Okay we’re doing this as a teaser. Okay. I discovered on my work placement that patience is required when preparing for interviews. There are waiting periods where the crew have to prepare technically and also be prepared for that crucial moment. I’m editing together the footage that you saw me earlier filming with the small XD camera. This is for the weekly highlights package, This is an interview that we shot with the MSP Jeremy Purvis and you can see here, we filmed a shot of him talking with Andrew like this to set up the scene and we recorded a voiceover which will play under that telling the audience what’s happening. Then you have the actual interview with Jeremy. Now Andrew asked Jeremy two questions. To bridge the gap between them, we have a shot of Andrew nodding acknowledging what Jeremy is saying which is kind of a trick in the industry which you can use to bridge two different shots together. So right now I’ve assembled all of the interview on the timeline and I’m just inserting the shot of Andrew nodding to bridge the gap. Alan Meldrum, Holyrood Highlights, BBC Audio/Visual Technician As part of the Broadcast coverage of Parliament, each week we do a highlights package covering some of the major items that were taking place in Parliament building in the previous week. In the past it was purely done as VT packages shown together, one after the other we’re trying to move more to a studio type environment, for this purpose we’re using the committee rooms. So Andrew will be interviewing one of the politicians about the major events over the past week. Douglas Ring, Holyrood Highlights BBC Audio Visual Technician Well this is me rigging the sound kit for today’s live programme and basically we have a couple of microphones, one for Andy which will go in this position and then one for the guest which will be over here, I’ve got this talkback which has an ear piece which will go into there, and we’ll be able to hear the gallery talkback from downstairs. Down here we have a little monitor which will show the guest the VT packages that we’re going to play in and this will be the guest’s microphone here and trying to keep it as unobtrusive as possible. ..and Andrew is here and.. Andy is sounding fine. So I’ll be focussing on that camera, you just forget about it, if you just We’ve got Alan and Alan is a student from Jewel and Esk College, he’s doing some of his own filming for us here today. Sting Music Hello and welcome to Holyrood Highlights as well look back at the week so far in the Scottish Parliament. This week we welcome Mary Scanlon the Scottish Conservative member for Highland and Islands, hello Mary. Well the issue that’s been dominating the news agenda both at home and abroad is that of swine flu and yesterday the cabinet secretary for health updated Parliament on the situation in Scotland as Douglas Carter reports. Nicola Sturgeon told Parliament that a total of thirty two suspected cases of the swine flu virus have been reported in Scotland but emphased that the risk to the public was low and that the government was prepared. The highlight of the week for me was seeing the Television gallery and the operation of an edit which requires a high level of focus and skill. The controls here can be used to select a seat number, choose camera, type of a number then allows entering. Uptempo string music, Behind the Lens, Directed by Alan Andrew Taylor Executive Producer, Scottish Parliament Broadcast Department Special Thanks to Douglas Carter, Ruth Connelly, Neil Flockhart and Andrew Johnston Alan Meldrum and Douglas Ring You’re not recording for sound are you? It’s true! I wonder if Alan has worn his blue shirt? How many have you got? I’ve got about three this colour, two which are respectful and one which is not. I see. It’s really quite casual. There’s two days then at least that I could get caught out. Scottish Parliament Broadcasting Unit – Behind the Scenes – Day in the Life of Holyrood Highlights

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