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Critical Viewing Exercise

In this exercise you will analyze the opening of a live, multi-camera production, and make observations about the production design and execution.


Pick a live, multi-camera studio production to analyze (Nightly News, Daily Show, talk show, sports show, etc.). Watch the opening and first minute several times in order to make the observations below.

  • Note the name of the show, station/network, the date and time it aired, and the URL (if applicable).
  • Briefly describe the opening. (How did it start? What did you see and hear? Were there any microphones, lights, cameras or production elements visible?)
  • Try your best to visualize the floor plan and location of the various cameras. Draw a floor plan of the set, noting the number of cameras and their positions.
  • Comment on the audio. Were music, sound effects, or an announcer used?
  • What observations can you make regarding the lighting or graphics?
  • What do you think are the strongest and/or weakest elements were and why?

Turn your homework in via Canvas.

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