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I'm attempting to update the studio for every BBC News programme that needs it into BH style (November 2013)

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CR
Critique
So, over the past couple of months I've been looking at ways to try and bring every BBC News studio under a similar design, that will look good for the main news programmes without looking awful when it comes to anything else broadcasting from the same studio (I'm looking at you Late Kick Off!) Over the coming weeks I hope to update this thread with new studios, taking into account the space each respective studio has, and the set-up combinations it'll be put through (which, for the regions, is usually just the respective regional programme, Sunday Politics and Late Kick Off) - it'll be a slow-ish process, but by the end I hope to have some nice, similar looking studios.

BBC Millbank Studio


I'm starting off with the BBC Millbank studio, using the dimensions stated here - it features three screens (I'm imaging four beveless screens making up one larger screen each, although you could swap it out for one 103'' screen), a rostrum, and then either the Sunday Politics desk or a height adjustable one (used for 'This Week' or 'The Week in Parliament'). This studio mock up also features some BBC World News programme set-ups, in the rare scenario that Broadcasting House has a powercut, mainly to show the versatility of it.

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My favourite part of all of this is probably that I've finally managed to get the rivets to look acceptable...

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Last edited by Critique on 1 December 2013 5:09pm - 4 times in total
WH
Whataday Founding member
I like them. I like how a change in lighting makes the same set look so different in each one.
CH
chris
I agree - looks good and a very good idea. Looking forward to seeing what you can do with Breakfast/NWT!
DT
DTV
Incredible! I think I'll have to give up now. This looks amazing, is realistic in terms of what they could do.
Three points though.
- GMT looks a bit dark.
- The top lightbox I think needs a tad more prominence.
- I don't really want to wait for the next instalment.
BR
Brekkie
Ooh, you get a big "Outstanding" banner on the menu. Guess these must be good then - and they are.
MF
MatthewFirth
It does deserve the outstanding banner. Best studio design I've seen in ages! Propose them to the BBC!
CR
Critique
Later than I was hoping, let's go to the first update:

BBC Southwest (Spotlight)

BBC Southwest (Spotlight) have a relatively large studio, as seen in this PDF from a planning permission application - using the scale I've worked it out to be 15x10 metres, and have left a safety lane of at least 1.25m around the studio. I worked out quite early on that it's difficult to achieve something that looks like Studio E or C as pretty much all regions lack the depth of studio to do so; I have therefore continued basing the design around Studio B, as it provides a much more versatile design - the layout is flipped from Studio B to allow anything entering through the double doors at one end to enter unobstructed.

The left hand side features the equivalent of the right hand side of Studio B, and isn't all too dissimilar to the Millbank studio - it has a desk, three 103' plasma screens, and then an LED strip below and above (although this originally wasn't there, I've since added it in as that space looked quite bland without). The right hand side is your rear-projected videowall side, also with the light strips below and above the screens. Apologies for the generic imagery for the BBC Spotlight portion of the mock - it's difficult to find something big enough to fill the screens that fits in!

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Late Kick Off is a combined production for the South, West and Southwest, and I believe it broadcasts from one of the other regional studios, hence it isn't included here.


BBC Channel Islands

BBC Channel Islands (and also Oxford) are the only regions where there is a serious space limitation - it's difficult to do anything with the spaces to make them look nice and also fit in with everything else, so I've attempted something 'radical' here. The set for BBC Channel Islands News consists of one large lightbox (with a TV screen hiding in it), and a smaller lightbox with a hint of desk.

The large lightbox is just an image from the BBC Spotlight studio mock, blown up to life size. One of the screens in the image from the Spotlight studio has also been cut out, with an actual screen behind the lightbox, allowing the image on one of the screens to change. However, anything on the display would have to be distorted in order for the illusion of BBC CI having a much bigger space than before to continue. The reflections from the desk in the image have been covered with a bit of glossy plastic. All of this makes up the main part of the set, and would mean the presenter would stand up for most of the programme. A roller above this lightbox could contain the green screen, which could then be deployed for the 90 second updates etc.

In addition to this, in a very tight fit, there's another, much smaller lightbox (showing again that lovely backdrop Mike W created with, I think, the Edinburgh skyline on), and a tiny little table with a glossy top, which is supposed to create the illusion of the CI presenter sitting at the main desk of the Spotlight studio. To maintain the illusion only tight shots could be used here, and the chair and little table would be shoved in a corner of the studio when not used. The most difficult part of this would be to avoid casting shadows on the main lightbox, as that would ruin the illusion - in fact, this could be where the mock falls apart!

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In regards to the CI Mock, could someone give me a second opinion on the proportions from studio to mouldy man? I uploaded thinking they look correct, but am now thinking the mouldy man is sized to be mouldy five year old child...
Last edited by Critique on 1 December 2013 5:18pm
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DanielK
Amazing!! I'm very confused (not hard to do that though) on how the CI one works. Also, I'd love to see an update on the 'pod' (is that the name? the studio for the Royal Wedding etc) into news style.

EDIT: Never mind, I understand the CI mock now,
Last edited by DanielK on 1 December 2013 7:12pm
DT
DTV
These are looking really good.

I think that CI News is a tad to large my guesstimate is somewhere around 6x7m which yours looks a bit bigger than - don't forget you also have to get Cameras in and I am not sure that the a camera angle from the wide shot would be possible. It does look really good apart from the floor - Can you please polish the floor.
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Jamesypoo
I think the idea is that the CI "set" is just a large lightbox with a life-size photograph of the Spotlight studio on top (like the fake newsrooms in most regions, but a photo) with a hole to allow a real screen to display graphics etc.

I would have thought an easier route to go down with the same/better effect would have been for CI to use CSO though?
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DanielK
I think the idea is that the CI "set" is just a large lightbox with a life-size photograph of the Spotlight studio on top (like the fake newsrooms in most regions, but a photo) with a hole to allow a real screen to display graphics etc.

I would have thought an easier route to go down with the same/better effect would have been for CI to use CSO though?


I thought that too, is would a full VR responsive set up be that much more expensive for the smaller studios in the long run? NBH News Graphics/Lambie Nairn could them design a customisable yet uniform studio for the VR studios.
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Critique
Spot on with your description Jamesypoo - really couldn't explain it properly when I was typing it up. I did consider that some tiny regions just used CSO/VR but whenever someone mentions the idea on TVF someone makes a reply mentioning how expensive VR is, how the BBC aren't particularly good at it and why shouldn't bother with VR when they can make it real-ish. I suppose the benefit of it just being a lightbox is the fact that you won't have awful outlines around the presenter where the CSO isn't very good.

DTV, I've made a space 5.8m x 5.71m for everything to fit into in the CI mock, so that's under your suggested dimensions and the ones I could work out, with space to spare for cameras and doors etc. I *think* maybe the lightbox/photo thing may just be very good at generating an illusion of it all being very big!

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