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How to bring your TV script to life

Steve films Reece

BBC cameraman Steve Walker shares the tricks of the trade in this series of tips on making a TV report.

Following this sort of advice can make the real difference and bring a story to life.

For more information use the link under the picture to watch our video How To Make A Report For TV News.

Shannon tidies up the cables

The first rule when doing any type of filming is to do it safely. Like Shannon, who is tidying these camera cables so people don't trip on them, think about your own safety and the safety of those you're working with.

Find a good location

Try to find a good location that will help to tell your story.

If you're reporting on a proposed ball ban in a park, it makes sense to interview your guests in the park. It doesn't help your report to film them in their home or office.

Be creative

Be creative. A mix of interesting locations and different camera angles and positions can really add impact to the finished piece. H

Have a clear thought of how each shot your taking will fit into the finished film. Using a storyboard will help. Don't forget to film what known as cutaways. These not only add interest but make it much easier to assemble your report when it comes to editing.

For example, if the report's about a football match try to film close-ups of the ball, players feet, the spectators, referee, etc.


Keep your shots steady. A tripod will help. Moving the camera around to much or to quickly may make the person watching the finished report feel unsettled.

Recording an interview

Don't forget the sound. An interview may look great but it's no good unless you can clearly hear what is being said.

Light is very important. The camera needs more help with this than the human eye.

Lighting is important

If you're indoors it's a good idea to turn on the lights. Don't film towards a window, like the picture on the left.

Position your camera with the window at your back and the light falling on whatever you are filming, like the picture on the right.

Make sure you're batteries are fully charged before you start and that you have enough tapes. Better still, carry some spares.



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