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Chloe's blog: Producing on Breakfast

By Chloe Smith

Published: 1:21PM Monday April 12, 2010 Source: Breakfast

  • Breakfast's "Meet and Greet" girl Chloe (Source: Breakfast)
    Breakfast's "Meet and Greet" girl Chloe - Source: Breakfast

The past week flew by - not only because Breakfast was so flat out, but because, like everyone else, we got the Monday off!

However, the show still needed to be prepared for the Tuesday morning, so a lot of extra work was done on the Friday - and admittedly, a lot of the staff log in from their computers at home and work on the show that way.

The thing with a live television show is that you can never be too prepared. Often, it is ideal to have back-up ready in case things don't go quite according to plan. For instance, a guest might be taken sick prior to their interview, they may be late due to traffic, or technical issues occur.

For example, we had planned our Friday food segment by the Thursday morning, but unfortunately, our guest was taken ill and couldn't make it in. So, we rang our amazing, cuddly cook, Annabelle White, and asked if she could make it in last minute. She is so enthusiastic about her cooking that she agreed immediately and put the idea of "jazzing up your roast" forward. The segment was superb!

I thought I might fill you in on a bit about the producing side of things. I am only a beginner and of course learning the absolute basics when it comes to producing - unlike our amazing producer Sarah Bristow. She is incredibly focused for the whole two and a half hours of the show, giving directions, orders, calling out the banners to run across the screen, choosing which camera shots to take and when and in control of talking to Paul and Pippa in their earpieces. But as a beginner, I produce the style and food segments that you see on air.

From scratch, you discuss the topic with the guest over the phone. You need be completely aware what direction the topic will go. It is then a matter of putting all the information together, complete with questions, background, introductions for the hosts to read, break teases (which are when Paul and Pippa go into the commercial break with "Coming up... how to re-vamp your maternity wardrobe" or something along those lines).

Along with questions for Paul and Pippa to ask, you need to write what the "talent" is likely to say. This is so the hosts know what opinion the guest has on the subject. Furthermore, you then need to sort out the graphics for the interview. These are the images you see on the screen when the interview takes place. The graphics are another part of production which take a bit of time, as they need to be ordered, ingested into a system and you then edit them.

In other news, I was again used as the test dummy for our gadget girl Tee Twyford's segment last week. I was made to have this hair clip brushed into my hair to give me a slightly "air head" kind of look. Actually, that is a lie. I don't think I was made to have an air head look, I think that's how it felt - like I had all this air between my scalp and the top of my hair. Much to my dismay, Paul blurted out that it "looked hideous". I do admit, it is not something I would think of putting in my hair but honestly, hideous? Thank you to the person who said it looked fantastic. I should re-iterate that it was one person. No plural there.

We also have a new segment titled "Where are they now", in which we try and find famous people who seem to have disappeared from our screens. Last week, we got Olly Ohlson on Breakfast as our first "Where are they now" guest. He was fantastic! We were stoked to have him come in and talk about what he has done since the days of "Stay cool till after school".

If you have anyone in particular that you would like to feature in this segment, you can email the show on breakfast@tvnz.co.nz and we will do our best to track them down. We have already received a lot of emails asking about the famous faces from the past and are working on finding them!

Before I go, when Annabelle White brought in her fantastic roast last week, some of us started picking away at it before the roast even went on air. I have to admit, I did sneak the odd potato into my mouth and thought "How can I make this look like there haven't been four or five potatoes eaten?"

So, cleverly, I just spread the vegetables around on the plate, filled the gaps, and blamed it on Malcolm (our beloved cameraman) who eats anything in sight, despite the length of time it has been sitting around the place. Thanks Malcolm - you saved me getting into trouble for being greedy.

Till next blog!

Chloe

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