Help me get through a TV taping
April 1, 2014 2:51 PM Subscribe
I wrote a story for an online women's magazine, and it was picked up for a Canadian television network. They'll tape me as I'm telling my story, and then they'll re-enact it with actors. If you've ever seen Investigation Discovery episodes, it'll be like that, but funny. How do I get through this?
posted by cartoonella to Media & Arts (14 answers total)
Anyway, does anyone have tips for how to look better (thinner, prettier, less crazy) on camera? They'll have a make up person, who may or may not make me look better according to my own standards. Is it okay to argue with this person?
I'm in the middle of a weight loss program, so I'm currently about half-way to my goal weight but not QUITE there. These people were inflexible on the taping date, so I have to go do this tomorrow. I'm still feeling fat (and a bit furious that they wouldn't give me an extra week). Can I persuade them NOT to shoot me from my double chin upwards? I sometimes see TV interviews being done like this, and I just can't believe the person allowed it. All I can think is that they weren't aware of the unflattering angle.
There will also be a camera crew, and a guy who will be sort of coaching me (asking some questions to keep my story flowing), but he won't actually be there, he'll be on Skype. I want them to shoot me from my best side (left), but how much can I ask them to do without being a diva?
I know I have a tendency to roll my eyes around when I'm talking to people. How can I stop doing this?
Do you think it's okay to bring notes so I can remember my own story? I know I won't be able to use them on camera, but it will help me psychologically to have them there.
Any other tips from videographers out there on how to look better on tape and get through this in a few takes as possible?