Interview Shots – David Douglas


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Correct close-up/interview shot.


The purpose of this blog is to show the right and wrong ways of setting up shots while interviewing.  The top picture on left hand side shows what your shot should not look like when interviewing someone. Also notice how you are able to see the cord from the microphone.

On the right hand side, notice how little space you space above the head, how tight the shot is, and the alignment of is body is towards the right. A combination of these three make a great shot of your interviewee while creating a well put to together shot when lower-thirds are added. If you ever watch news channels or interviews notice how tight (close) the shot is. Most close shots are from the chest up, but it could depend on what angle you are conducting you are filming from.

From this post you should have an idea of what a proper close up or tight shot should look like. Before you leave this post spot out what catches your eye in both shots, and how it should be corrected.

Post your comment below regarding what can be done to improve both shots!

Creating a Broadcast News Package – David Douglas

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            This week my goal is to produce a news packet. News packets can be 10 seconds to 2 minutes. You may be thinking, “Well what is a news package?”  A news package is an edited story that is produced as a result of multiple interviews covering a story. The goal of a news package is to display a complex story by backing up the story with facts, use of dramatic sound effects, and recorded testimonies from witnesses all keep the audience eager to follow the story.

With brutal rain, overflowing drainage systems can cause a problem for low laying areas in Columbus. I decided to produce news package on what has the City of Columbus done to combat flooding issues and what resources are available to victims of flooding. In order to produce a news package you must know your mission or what is important about this story that citizens should know.  Than you figure out whom could you interview for relevant information about your topic. From there you should film b-roll footage that ties into the story you are telling. I will post the finished story in a later blog, but for now click the link below for an example of a news package.

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How to create News Packages

Molly News Package Gas Price News Package

Gas Price News Package

CSU Residence Life: Burn Notice – David Douglas



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Burn Notice, hosted by CSU Residence Life, was created as a practical demonstration to show how quickly an unattended flame can escalate. In this event a mock dorm room with furniture and other items commonly found in dorms.  I first got word of the event the morning through social media (Instagram), and decided this would be a great opportunity to show case what I have learned so far. I checked out a camera and tripod and set up 15 minutes before the event started. While waiting for it to kick off I decided to interview a few students that were at the event.  Whenever I film an event I try plot out the story I am attempting to tell in my head, and I ask myself what footage I need to the story. In this case I needed interviews of students, residence life coordinators, Columbus Fire Department fire Marshall Ricky Shores, and b-roll of different activities at the event. To interview students and other officials I used a wireless lavalier microphone (picture below), which takes away the hassle of holding a microphone while speaking. After interviews I collected b-roll footage of students interacting, firefighter setting up, and CSU affiliates giving out varies items (oven mitts & t-shirts).

Once I arrived back at the studio I transferred files from memory cards to one of CCG-TV computers. What happens next is any camera mans worst nightmare. As I was viewing files it quickly hit me that I had no sound on any clips besides those with interviews. As a result I was unable to produce a final product, but I learned how vital headphones are to monitor sound while recording. Had I done this I could have prevented an hour of filming without sound.

Creative Communication Students – David Douglas

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In an earlier blog I mentioned a student produced show Conversations with Dave & Eric. Conversations with Dave and Eric started out as a crazy idea of Eric Barnhart, a fellow communication student and assistant at NPACE. The goal was to promote NPACE and student talented students of Columbus State University. However, after filming four episodes students began to show a large amount of interest in being on the show. At this particular time we were filming everything in the radio station along with other NPACE related shows.

As a result instead of just changing locations we decided to involve other students and create fun and entertaining skits. TV-Turnt Up emerged which started out with a group of 4 communication students. Our first skit was about called “Ratchet Reporter” which took a look into a hood/ratchet news reporter and here uncivilized approaches of covering news stories. The second skit called “Couples Retreat” was about to couples that sought counseling to repair their relationships.

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Five Ways to get the Most of Your Internship – David Douglass – NPACE


Show Up

As an intern if you are lucky you may be able to land a paid internship, but if a paid internship is not in the cards for you it may become discouraging to invest your time into an internship that does not pay. However, understanding the importance of an internship, learning and networking is most important. In order to get the most of an internship the most important thing you can do is simple, just SHOW UP. Remember you have to be there to learn and compete.

Flexibility (Flexible)

Ask yourself “How flexible are you willing to be?” As a full-time college student, time may not always be on our side, and time management skills are not the easiest to develop. However, once you decide to commit to an internship it is important that you have some flexibility with your schedule. From personal experiences at my internship I learned that there will be times when it can be an inconvenience to have to put so much time into something without anything monetary to show for it. Always remember someone is always watching. Going the extra mile can lead to new opportunities.


Be Prepared

I have done a total of three internships throughout my college journey in three years. What I have learned is that either you plan to fail or your plan to succeed. Your preparation is a direct reflection of the responsibility one may be capable of handling. I could explain this concept to you in a million ways not limited to an internship, but I am focusing on the networking aspect. Internships are an opportunity to promote your skills and work which can lead you to meeting new people. With that being said, have a protocol to introduce yourself to people. Also be mindful and observe how those where you may intern at dress and carry themselves. For example, I intern at a news station therefore its common to come across men wearing suits with ties or slacks with dress shirt and ties. Your appearance must represent where you are going in the future not where you are now. Remember the first impression is the last impression.


Put cell phones and other devices on silent

Let’s be honest for a moment, how often do you check your cell phone or other device a day? Don’t worry about answering that aloud, I am sure you do with even knowing you do so. I think overtime we become so used to using our cellular devices when we want that we often do so in times when it is isn’t appropriate. The point is that having your device on loud or vibrate alerts us when we have a message or ect. which makes it even more tempting to check your devices. As an intern it is important to send the appropriate professional message, this goes back to being mindful that someone is always watching you. I would hate to lose an opportunity because I could not keep my phone away long enough.



Last but not least, LISTEN! When was the last time you actually listened? Knowing how to communicate effectively is great, but a great communicator cannot listen and fully be engaged in something else. It is so much easier to learn when you take the time to listen instead of talk. I have learned that when you have no idea what is being discussed then just listen and learn. This has been referred to as being the “Fly on the wall” because all you do is sit there observe and listen.

Green Screen Fun – David Douglass – NPACE

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Today I learned how to key in different affects or animations using the green screen. Eric Barnhart and myself recently decided to start a student produced show called “Conversations with Dave & Eric”. The purpose of the show is to promote student talent here at CSU, no matter what your talent is we are open to it. The goal is to have fun and learn how to use NPACE equipment, and hopefully encourage fellow communication students to become involved. Personally, I feel as if a lot of students have no idea that the NPACE Center exist or even that students have access to equipment and other resources.

So far we have recorded five shows in which we plan to edit and show on CSU-TV, but the hard part is creating an intro and exit for the show. Eric had the brilliant idea of shooting some footage on using the green screen, and let our creative minds do the rest. In a matter of about 15 minutes we recorded footage and uploaded it onto Final Cut Pro for editing.

Stay tuned for further updates regarding “Conversations with Dave & Eric”. If you have any questions or would like to be on the show email me:

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Interview with Chris Hammer – David Douglass – NPACE

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On Sunday, February 23rd I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Hammer who is the creator of Urban Pop. Chris was in town this weekend attending the Comic Book Show held at Coca Cola Space Science Center located in the heart of uptown Columbus along the Chattahoochee River walk. Before meeting Chris I did some research on some of his art work, which I found very impressive and also a great way to develop interview questions.

Including myself there were three of us there at the NPACE center setting up for the interview scheduled at 10:00am. This turned out to be an interesting experience because out of the three of us we all had no idea how to turn-on the studio lights, what settings the camera should be on, and or whether or not there should be one or two cameras use. We did not began to set up until around 9:25 which seemed to be more than enough time to have everything set and ready to go. However, we made the mistake of not checking everything to ensure we had the green light.  While solving these problems we each learned from each other through sort of trail & error. I figured out how to operate the studio lighting and adjust them while Kimberly and Matt figured out the best angles for the interview.

In the meantime around 9:50, I headed to pick up Chris from the Coca Cola Space Center Once arriving back at the studio someone decided that an interview with a green screen in the back did not make for a great background. It ended up taking 30 minutes before we were able to film.

From this experience not only did I meet Chris Hammer, but I learned the importance of time management and proper preparation. Now had we checked and double checked everything like we should ahead of time,  a 3 hour visit at the NPACE Center could have been as simple as 30 minutes in and out the door. As I reflect on the experience I think everyone did a great job keeping their cool and working through difficulties we faced.

Orchestra Performance – David Douglass – NPACE

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Orchestra of Columbus State University performed at the River Center, in which several NPACE colleagues filmed the performance. Personally, this was my first time filming an NPACE related event out of the NPACE center. I must admit this was truly a learning experience because I had no knowledge of the Panasonic GH-3 cameras that were used in filming. Also, I had no idea what to expect from the performance that usually last 2 hours.

Once at the River Center we set-up three cameras on the upper-level of the auditorium. One camera was used as the wide shoot which served as the safe shoot or go to shot. The second and third cameras were set up on the left and right sides to provide close up shots of soloist and orchestra directors. Being that I had no past experience of filming this event I decided to start out operating the center camera which was a wide shot. After 30 minutes of performance, during intermission I switched to a side camera which was more hands on than the center camera. I thought of it as an opportunity to experiment with shots and be creative. This was a great experience filming and listening to music.

Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity, and Prosperity Forum – David Douglass – WTVM

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WTVM-9 and CCG-TV joined forces on February 13, 2014 for a live broadcast of the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity, and Prosperity forum held at in the Council Chambers in the Citizens center. The purpose of the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity, and prosperity is to create a community where every person is valued and presented with equal access to opportunities. This was a forum open to the public hosted by WTVM channel 9’s own Barbara Gauthier and Jason Dennis. Along with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson there were four other panelists that addressed questions from the audience and discussed their thoughts regarding “packages”. Packages are self-contained taped (prerecorded) news reports in which anchors reads an introduction live.

As an intern at CCG-TV a lot of tasks were given to me to help prepare and assist in live production of the forum. Here’s a list of task: operating the sound board, load packages, produce lower-thirds of panelist and participants, and run through the entire show checking for errors. As I mentioned in a previous blog the best way to learn is by repetition and performing a task under pressure or live. During the live broadcast I made the mistake of muting news anchor Barbara Gauthier’s microphone, luckily Jason was introducing panelist at the time.

In conclusion, I gained valuable first-hand experience about what goes into producing a live broadcast. I can honestly say it is much easier to watch the news from the comfort of home, than it is to produce or work on set.