What is the course about?
Tackling the excitement and challenges of TV presenting in a practical and supportive hands-on studio environment, this mainly practical course will put you in the driving seat of a TV Presenter. Building on and developing the skills acquired in the previous stage 1 course, covering all aspects of TV presenting, we shall progress to more challenging presenting techniques, including the art of ‘Vox Pop’ street interviews, multi-guest studio interviewing techniques, advanced report writing, Pieces to Camera ‘PTC’ camera statements, ‘live’ location reporting, advanced studio script presentation from Autocue. Emphasis will be focussed on exploring and developing the relationship between Presenter, camera and audience, with practical exercises and 'as live' presentations, with regular exposure to studio conditions. Students will be expected to prepare exercises to be performed each week in advance, with frequent opportunities for positive critique and feedback. Working alongside students from the sister film and television craft course, Film Making for Big Screen and TV, students will also gain a practical grasp of the basic technologies underlying TV production.
What will we cover?
The comprehensive and essential elements of TV presenting, including image and appearance, sight reading of complex scripts and news bulletins, vocal delivery and advanced camera technique, use of props and visual demonstrations, reading from Autocue, scriptwriting, advanced interview techniques, working with members of the public, 'vox pop' street interviews, working on location, ‘live’ reporting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Present a studio script to camera to a professional standard with authority and style.
Read a news bulletin confidently and professionally at sight.
Handle props competently in vision.
Carry out onscreen interviews convincingly to a professional standard.
Talk ad lib 'to time'. Carry out an interesting ‘Vox Pop’ street interview. Write, learn and present a short Piece to Camera on location to professional standard.
Present an attractive and confident persona on screen.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Improvers to advanced. You must either have completed stage 1, or have relevant experience to a sufficient standard.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly.
• To read a script accurately.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
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. Students 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?
TV Presenting: Improvers, Film Making for Big Screen and TV, Voiceover & Radio Workshop, Acting for Camera, Acting for Radio, Radio Presenting etc. Please see the Media section of the Build programme, as well as Weekend Workshops. General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open daily 11:00 – 19:00 Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00 Saturday during term and 12.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday during non-term. See the programme guide for further details.