We all watch television and Youtube, but how often do we think about what goes into the production of TV programmes or videos – and what would happen if we were filmed? If there’s a chance that you might be on a programme or involved in a video production, here a five things that you ought to know:
1. Setting up TV cameras and filming takes a very long time. If a TV or video producer says an interview will only take about an hour, don’t believe them.
2. Sometimes there will be a huge TV crew – reporter, camera operator and soundman, but increasingly there’s just a reporter who does everything – including operating the camera
3. The crew may not just want an interview, but also ‘set up shots’. That means they’ll want to film you doing something relevant and interesting – or perhaps just walking up and down with the reporter
4. Reporters are often sent out on a story at the last minute, so make sure they know what you’re meant to be talking about
5. TV crews are often late. But don’t worry, as long as you’re on time!