Week 4 Workbook Activity – Chapter two of course textbook (Basic elements of production)

Chapter two of Hilliard’s Textbook, ‘Writing for Television, Radio and New Media1focuses of basic elements of production in regards to television, radio and the internet.

When you walk into a studio that consists of state-of-the-art electronic and mechanical equipment it can be very daunting especially for those that are new to the profession2. However, in terms of the environment these larger studios gives you, the speaker, a great opportunity to enhance your performance and give the production team the best possible chance of producing a high quality video3. Whereas, a smaller, crammed studio with barely enough equipment can impact of your performance in a negative way often hindering a performance and may result in the production of a very poor quality video4.

Working in Public Relations for a government organisation one of the training requirements is media training. Therefore I have had experience with conducting interviews in front of the camera. Despite this, in various types of environments weather it is at work or with friends, I still get a little bit nervous every time a person mentions the word camera.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m always going to get nervous in front of a camera or public speaking as these are things outside of my comfort zone. Therefore, in order to feel more confident when working with a camera, I believe, it is very valuable for the person in front of the camera to understand what it can and can’t do it terms of its angles and positions5. This is works in situation where the environment may not work in your favour.

I believe this is a good idea as you will have a better understanding of how to position yourself. If you know the camera if going to zoom in and zoom out then you will know to make sure your arms and legs are positioned in a professional manner. If you know the camera shot is going to be a close up then you will know to concentrate of your facial expression, focus on your breathing and control the emphasis in your voice.

If you want to feel comfortable and convey an effective performance than you must also become familiar with your surroundings. It does not matter if you are in or outside take a look at what’s around you, briefly get to know the person asking the questions (so its not a complete stranger interviewing you), eliminate the possibility of being distracted and focus on the task at hand.

If you get nervous before a performance, like the majority of us, then have some relaxation techniques of hand to help to calm down and feel confident. Although we learnt various techniques in this week’s study guide I always find that taking deep breathes and drinking water helps calm the nerves while making sure your throat does not dry out.

1Robert L. Hillard, Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media, 10th edn, (Boston: Wadsworth, 2008), 21


Hillard, Robert, 2008, Writing for Television, Radio and New Media, 10th edn, Boston: Wadsworth.


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