Recently, our team attended a film production course by SGMP Pte. Ltd. To our surprise, one of the lessons covered the topic of multi-camera live stream & broadcasting. We were expecting to only learn about filming and production planning through this course. In the end, we got more than we asked for!
Learning from Clifford has been an enriching experience for us at APEX, at first we do not have any experience in direction.
APEX is in the events and digital media industry and one of our main services is to provide our clients with live stream & broadcasting solutions for their virtual events. We have always wanted to improve on this area of our business. Through this lesson, our team was pleased to understand more about the production techniques and knowledge of the television broadcasting industry.
In the core contents of the module, we learnt about blocking which refers to how characters move through a scene and interact with their environment. Staging is another topic that we learnt about in the course. Staging meant the placement and movement of the camera and scene elements. We’ve also heard of the term Mise-en-scène, which is a French word for the first time. It meant “placing on stage” in English.
“Mise-En-Scene” is a reference perception when we talk about a scene or presentation on stage such as the lighting, costume, setting and so many more that draw attention and memories of oneself.
For instance, when someone loves something in a movie on a particular scene, or something so unique that is presented in a certain way, this is due to the perception that one has potentially set in their mind.
So to ensure that we fulfil all the possible creative expectations from the audience, Mise-En-Scene is what we should not miss.
Clifford mentioned that even when we are conducting a stage show or an event of different genres, the positioning of all cameras and the invited guests and presenters need to be cleverly “blocked” and directed in order to have a full and smooth coverage.
On top of it, particularly during live streaming, all creative elements have to be ready and smartly put together to create an arousing and exciting ambience. That’s what Mise-En-Scene is in place.
Even though both event and television industries provide a similar kind of live stream solution to clients. The production setup and project objectives are very different from each other. The operation procedure, camera equipment, execution techniques, project planning, manpower and event type is much more complex for the television broadcasting industry.
For us to relate better, Mr Clifford Ng used his past project (Star Search 1993) as a case study during this lesson where he was the Executive Producer cum Director for this show. We watched the video and paused in-between frames to listen to the man himself explain what went on behind the scenes during that specific moment. Our team started getting excited because it was so relatable to what we are doing right now for our projects. Questions were being asked continuously that it was hard to answer all of them at once.
You can watch the video below.
Our team had a stronger sense of understanding of the television broadcasting industry in general after this lesson. We had a long debrief at the end of the day to brainstorm on how we can implement what we learned and make it suitable for our existing company business. Mr Clifford Ng gave some ideas on how we can use certain production techniques and equipment in the television industry to use it for our event projects. It was a fruitful and productive learning experience for our company team members.
Through this lesson, we believe we have gotten a huge edge over our competitors in our industry who are also providing similar live stream services. Our team at APEX will be very much looking forward to our next few lessons and strive to add value to our company through this entire SGMP film production course.
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From now to the end of June 2021, SGMP extended their lessons not only in the classroom but also created an additional mode in “Synchronous E-learning” mode on ZOOM too.
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