How much thought does it take to stick a group of people together with a few Corgis and say 'now on BBC1'?
You'd be surprised. If it's to be done well it does take quite a bit of thought and preparation. Of course you can just walk into somewhere herd everyone round a camera and get someone to read from a cue card.... but it will look ****.
The Xmas day intros were very slick and well produced, they definitely had some thought put into them.
Not anywhere near as much thought and preparation as shooting an ident such as Pudding, for example.
The multitude of items on the table, far from just seemingly scattered randomly about, have been arranged far more carefully than you may think. The pudding needs to be precisely aligned so that the camera can zoom into it and be precisely in the centre of the frame. Whether or not this gets properly aligned while in post, with a more loose camera shot at the time of shooting, is irrelevant. It still needs very careful preparation and attention to detail.
The actors, especially the children, will need to be fairly good for their age to pull their facial and bodily expressions and deliver their dialogue in a natural, believable way.
Any reflective surfaces, such as glasses, need to be carefully checked so that they don't show any of the lightning equipment, cameras etc.
I could go on.
Last edited by D.Page on 26 December 2016 10:45am - 2 times in total