Exploring TV Production at the Media Museum

Exploring TV Production at the Media Museum

Year 5 pupils enjoyed an interesting day at Bradford’s National Media Museum, exploring the world of television and discovering what is typically involved in making a TV programme; from the initial planning stage, to scheduling, filming, production, editing and finally broadcast.

Pupils studied the history of television through the various displays and interactive touch-screen exhibits. They discovered how the news is made; examining the early days of the first broadcast in 1936 that included still photography, to the present day which often incorporates live news feeds from around the world.

Pupils then examined each stage of the production process including the design of scripts, choice of actors, costumes, lighting, organising the camera positions, set design, and all the other factors that needed to be considered before the actual filming could take place.

IMG_2198Pupils particularly enjoyed looking behind the scenes of a typical studio set before discovering how Chroma key technology is used to create special effects. They were fascinated to watch how the solid block of background colour is then replaced with a completely different image using a photograph, piece of video or computer-generated image.

Certainly Maya Ashraf was not very keen to look behind her when she knew she was being followed by a huge ferocious dinosaur!

Pupils were given a script to learn and encouraged to act out their own sitcom, whilst others gave direction or operated the cameras. Hammad Hussain and Imaan-Zahra Shah were tasked with reading the day’s news.

The production gallery then provided an insight into how all the filming is then pulled together for broadcast.

‘The trip was organised as an entry into this term’s IPC topic entitled ‘Making the news’, said Miss Heathcote. ‘With the Media museum right on our doorstep, it presented an ideal opportunity to get a hands on feel to this interesting topic’.

Once back in the classroom, English lessons proved very popular as pupils were tasked with producing their own script for a television programme, taking care to think about the technical aspects including camera direction and any production instructions, as learnt from their day at the museum.