The Secrets Behind the Camera


The average American watches an average of 28 hours of television every week. So many people know what they are going to watch, when they are going to watch it and essentially every thing to know about their favorite shows. But on the other hand, most Americans don’t know all the work that has to go in to get their news, weather, and daily talk shows.

Only specific rooms can be suited for a television studio. Looking around, one of the first aspects to notice is that the ceiling is highly elevated. The reason for this is so that the sounds don’t echo against the ceiling. Along with the high ceilings, quilted fabric pads dampen the noise and the echoes. There are two different types of lighting used in the studio. One type is soft light. These rectangular lights provide a light that floods the whole stage. Soft lights are positioned all around the studio ceiling, so that the viewers can see the entire program they are watching in full detail. There are also spotlights that shine on a certain spot on stage. These illuminate the person or object that the director wants to bring attention to. Spotlights are positioned all around the stage, as well, but are strategically positioned to shine on sets or green screens.

For most newscasts, the news anchors sit at a set made of plywood. There are also different colored curtains, if the director wants a different set. Although to use the curtains, a green screen has to be covered up. In newscasts and weather reports, green screens are commonly used. Green screen or Chroma key, is a technique of taking a green wall and using technology to make everything in the frame that is green and making it into a certain picture. Although the end product appears to be simple, what goes into making a television program is not as easy as it looks.