The Reading Room TV Show
How the Show is made
Many episodes of the The Reading Room were filmed made in a Community Access TV station in California. Join us as we produce the show and see what is involved to make a show. The folks at the station have been wonderful, teaching us what to do. Do you have a Community Access TV Station near you. Find out about it. It is great fun.
Here is what happens in our normal shoot.
We tried to get two shows in a 4 hour session at the studio.
The studio was "bare" when we arrive, and looks cold.
It really needs some color and lighting
Let's set up the Reading Room
Ed gets the lights
Now we test the lighting to see if it is right for
your host Mrs. Lawrenson and a guest
Lighting is OK, let's test the cameras
We also have many microphones, and other sources of sound, such as the CD Player with The Reading Room song on it.
Sound coming from different places has to be set so that you hear them at the same volume. Here is where the sound technician "mixes" the sound
Each microphone and tape has its own control, and must be balanced.
These are the recording tape decks that
make the video tapes of the show.
Tape decks are managed through a controller.
And this is where we "mix" the video and "take a camera". This video board allows a director to decide which camera's picture will be recorded to tape.
Yes, that is a joystick at the back, and it allow you to create special effects. The two levers allow you to "fade" between cameras. A "fade" is when one picture fades, or blends into another.
Camera, Lights , Action
Go Tessa, get the best shots. Look at the wall. There are many TV screens that show Tessa see the pictures from each of the three cameras, and from the tape deck. She directs (chooses) what is recorded to tape.
"Take Camera One, Take Camera Three, Roll the Credits", she says as she records from different cameras through the video board.
Tessa is ever so busy during the taping of a show.
The show is done, it's time to "break" the set.
Well that another show, and the studio is quiet once again.
Thanks to our wonderful crew who got the whole show started at KSAR, Saratoga, California.
Meet our original crew
The Reading Room is produced by William and Judith Lawrenson as a public service. The TV program was originally produced using the facilities of West Valley College in association with KSAR 15, Saratoga Community Access Television. The show is now produced in our private studio in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Copyright 1997 - 2012 : The Reading Room LLC.
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We welcome comments on what we do
March 14, 2012