What is the course about?
The aim of this mainly practical course is to sharpen and build on your existing TV presenting skills gained at beginners' level. The focus is on developing to a high degree students’ self-confidence, fluency and charismatic engagement, front-of-camera. In a supportive hands-on studio environment we shall build on and refine existing skills and talents to progress to more challenging presenting techniques, developing each student’s personal presenting “style”, with the final aim of producing an attractive, charismatic and professional on-screen persona. The emphasis here is on professionalism. The focus will be on practical exercises and 'as live' performance, with regular exposure to studio and on-location conditions and an enhanced practical grasp of the basic technologies underlying TV production. You will be expected to prepare exercises to perform each week in advance, including writing ‘pieces to camera’ and voice-over reports, with frequent opportunities for positive critique and group feedback. Practical exercises in later terms will include working in small teams to write, film, present, produce and edit whole mini programmes. Progress will be monitored and recorded on tape or digitally, to provide a documentary record for assessment.
What will we cover?
• sight reading scripts and news bulletins
• vocal delivery and camera technique
• reading from Autocue
• scriptwriting and interview techniques
• working with microphones, including stand, radio and lapel mikes
• using earpieces “live’ on camera
• image and appearance
• use of props and visual demonstrations
• Frequent outside filming experience will be provided, including news and features reporting and 'vox pop' street interviews.
The aim of the first term of this course is to consolidate and build on skills learned previously, with an emphasis on self-confidence and authority in front of camera. Writing skills for camera reports and studio scripts will form an important part of this first term’s activities.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Write and present a script to camera, both in studio and on location, confidently, professionally and with personal authority, charisma and style. Read a news bulletin convincingly, professionally and fluently at sight. Handle props confidently and professionally in vision. Receive and respond to instructions via an earpiece “live” on camera; carry out a studio interview sensitively, professionally and convincingly with one or more guests; talk ad lib 'to time'; conduct a vox-pop street interview; present a professional, attractive and confident persona on screen.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an ‘improvers’ course for students who are already familiar with television techniques and have completed a beginners course or who have equivalent experience gained elsewhere.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
Speak and write English fluently and clearly to a high standard.
Read a script accurately.
Give and receive constructive feedback.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In groups, individually and in pairs. Basic skills training will include voice/movement and sight reading exercises, involving group critique and feedback. There will be an emphasis on group bonding and ensemble work, with the individual benefiting from the support of the whole group.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A4 exercise book, pen and pencil, a set of plain white postcards or filing cards. You are strongly recommended to obtain a copy of: “Your Voice & How to use it", by Ciceley Berry O.B.E. Virgin Books ISBN: 0-86369-826-3 £10.99.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details