Livin' Things Up!
Team Thursday's live shot was a wild one - we had to come up with a new live shot concept on the fly! While it actually turned out quite well, things could have gone terribly wrong. Thankfully, Joy Wang was able to transition into her new live shot without much hesitation, and all was not lost! Colburn Trutter dashed out to get footage on campus, which turned out great.
Choosing live shots can be tricky because we have to keep them relatively local, but at the same time there has to be a legitimate reason to have a live shot. We lucked out with Take Back The Night, but newsworthy campus stories around 6 o'clock aren't always available. Because we are limited to campus, we have to think of creative and inventive ways to practice live shots - live shots of campus rallies, vigils, cultural events, and even surprising L.A. weather are all viable options. Last Thursday we went with a live interview, which is something I'd definitely like to try again given the opportunity.
Another untraditional element that is in my dreamscape is an in-studio guest. Especially with the upcoming election year, having an in-studio analyst to follow up on our coverage would be a really neat way to liven up the broadcast, and practice something different in the studio. Toward the end of the semester, studio crews are hitting their stride and feeling comfortable with the standard run of the broadcast, which is why it's actually an opportune time for our live shot equipment to be working again! This is the time where we can be most creative, so we may as well take advantage of it.
Live situations can be hit or miss, but it's better to live on the edge than to play it safe inside the confines of our studio.