Thursday, 13 October 2011

Productions that use multicamera techniques

Panels shows: Never mind the buzzcocks/QI/Would i lie to you/question time

Reality shows: Big brother/other terrible shows like that

Alot of American sitcoms: The Addams family Get SmartBewitchedI Dream of JeannieGilligan's IslandHogan's Heroes

The majority of British sitcoms and dramas from the 1950s to the early 1990s were made using four cameras and initially broadcast live. Unlike the United States, the development of completed filmed programming, using the single camera method, was limited for several decades. Instead, a 'hybrid' form emerged using (single camera) filmed inserts, generally location work, mixed with interior scenes shot in the multi-camera electronic studio. It was the most common type of domestic production screened by the BBC and ITV. As technology developed though, some drama productions were mounted on location using multiple electronic cameras. Meanwhile, the most prestigious productions,  began to use film alone. By the later 1990s, soap operas were left as the only TV drama being made in the UK using multiple cameras. Television prime-time dramas are usually shot using a single-camera setup.

Many people thought multi camera shows where dying out Ken Levine has written an article arguing against this


                                                            A typical multicamera setup

Using multiple cameras is the more standard technique for TV studios. Multiple cameras capture the action simultaneously, and the shows is edited live with a device called a video switcher. Most situation comedies are done this way.


Never Mind the Buzzcocks show sequence
Title sequence
Introductions by host
camera one shot of contestant
cut to camera two shot of contestant 
cut to camera three shot of host
Show carries out as normal with shots hopping between cameras to catch the best shots 


Lighting: Lights on host and panel purple lighted backdrop with pink/purple lights across panel desk
Other info: Large screen behind host to play videos related to games within quiz/for jokes and specials

Monty python once did a sketch that used multi-cam in which a room full of people begin to panic as they are "Surrounded by film"

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