As we speak to more people looking to get in to our industry, we realised that not everyone understands all the TV production terms we use. Therefore, below is a list of terms with a detailed explanation as to what they are and what this means.
There are different types of directors depending on what kind of programme they are in charge of. Directing a live programme will be a completely different experience to directing on a drama set. A director is the person who is in charge of the activities on set, and is the one in charge of making editorial decisions on the content.
The producer will oversee everything that is happening on the project from beginning to end.
The job is in the name. They research everything that the project is about to make sure it is well informed, and help with the organisation and planning. They can help with filming and sound as well.
It varies on the shoot itself, as an AP you assist in any way you can. In a production, you assist a producer and director in researching and looking in to the narrative. You fact check and you are the port of call for everything. If you are a shooting, you are helping with the shoot, but you also help with the paperwork even making sure there is a set and there is food on time. An AP helps create call sheets and organises the hiring of equipment. In development you come up with ideas for TV shows writing treatments, shooting and editing taster tapes and helping to recruit talent.
The Production Assistant is responsible for the administration side of production including; budgeting, organising meetings and hiring equipment, preparing scripts and briefings.
The production manager is in charge of the finance budget. They will organise the smooth running of the project ensuring it stays in budget and decides how it is spent.
The floor manager transfers information between director to the control room. They will also supervise everything that is happening on set.
The call sheet is a daily schedule and is given to everyone on set that day. It has all necessary information including emergency contacts. It will also give a run down as to what will be happening that day and at what time.
The production coordinator is in charge of making sure a project runs smoothly. It requires admin work such as making sure schedules are running on time and nothing clashes. They also will be making sure the budget does not go over.
They assist wherever help is required. It can be from cleaning up after shooting a scene to admin work.
They are responsible for the sound in a show. They work with all the different elements such as sound effects, music, and dialogue. It is their responsibility to mix the final soundtrack.
We use treatments to help pitch an idea to a commissioner. They don’t need to be very long and can even just be about a page long (the shorter the better). The idea is that the broadcaster should know what your idea is and the way you see the show going from this one document, so it needs to be detailed. It should include include, the name of the show, it’s setting, whose in it, the format or timeline and ideas as to who will be in it.
A taster tape is basically a visual treatment. It should show the idea that you have for the show and help a commissioner to see how you see the show being set out.
Development focuses on developing the TV ideas. That means researching the context of the idea to make the show well informed. It will also mean developing everything about the show in terms of what genre it is, what format it is, what it focuses on etc.
VT stands for Video Tape. You may often here people on TV say ‘Run VT’, as usually these clips are pre recorded.
This means General View. It is frequently an Extreme Long Shot.
This stands for Automated Dialog Replacement. This is where the audio is re-recorded by the speaker after the filming originally took place. It is normally to help improve the quality of the audio.
This stands for Voice Over. It is where a narrater will speak over the visual clips, to help narrate the scene and create a context for what is being watched.
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