Today I got to watch the first year’s first live show! I was impressed! I couldn’t even tell it was their first show, and one of their guests even thought they were further along. While the show was not perfect, I must say it was impressive to watch, and I cannot wait to see what they produce in the future.
With that being said, here a few tips, tricks and advice I’ve learnt and been given through my time in DMP thus far.
If you are not early, you are late.
I think Mike, Michele and Steve have all told us this, if you are not early, you are late. This being said, life happens, and if you are going to be late, make sure you call or email ahead! In productions, especially on live shows, we tend to be on really tight deadlines, as such starting on time is very important. On production days wake up a little bit earlier in the morning to ensure you can make it their in time, and perhaps wait till later to wait in that 20 minuet line for coffee.
Pre-Production is Key.
Now, you may not believe me when I say this, but the moment you go through a production where you feel like you were lacking information, you’ll understand just how much pre-production helps a production go smoother. The formats and such may feel like a bit of overkill, checking all the wire, microphones and cameras a head of time, but the moment anything goes wrong, or your missing one, you’ll be glad for that time you spent in pre-production. Especially formats, they are a life saver, it really does feel like your a fish out of water when you lack one. Spending a few extra minuets making a format, even a basic one, will help a lot.
Those few extra minuets you gain from being really organized in your pre-production will definitely come in handy here! Mike would tell us, that if you cannot practice everything, at least practice your transitions. This means from going from black to live, and live to black, two different live locations, live from server and any other transitions you have in the show. It may feel weird only to practice these parts, but when your short on time, or you do not have your guest there, practicing your transitions will help the show run smoother and ensure everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to be doing during this time.