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Nice Day for a Drive



Today I took a site visit to the tv studio where we will be shooting a series of web-delivered shows this year. Sadly there was nothing in my home state of Connecticut available and NYC-based studios are simply too costly. So along comes the PBS station in upstate NY - a beautiful new HD studio and the price is right!

There is not a lot of discussion on the COW about live studio production, unless I missed it. Activities like this take me back to my college days doing live tv news. While our shows will be live to disk and not live to air one still needs to be organized and ready to go. This place records the ISO and program signals to AJA kiPro units as ProRes 422. Although we edit in CS5.5 in Windows, the files should import and edit without incident. I took a few sample files just to make sure. One should always avoid finding themselves with a terabyte of files that do not import!!

From our offices up to Albany is about a 2.2 hour drive. On a crisp sunny January day it was a pleasant ride past cow pastures, babbling brooks, lakes, ponds, New England villages and toll booths...lots of toll booths on the final stretch. The toll at one of them was nothing, but you still have to collect a ticket!

Driving along CT and MA Rt. 8 always makes me nostalgic for the Summers spent in the Berkshires with my beloved grandparents and extended family in Pittsfield, MA.

Here are a few highlights of the mostly driving filled day.



Leaving Woodbury along Rt. 6.



You know you are in New England when you see a covered bridge, this one over the Colebrook River. I actually had never noticed this despite many drives along this route!



Fake HDR - take two layers, adjust each for contrast and then combine with a layer mask, flatten and further adjust.



Yeah, I'm cool!



My destination.



Setup for Meet the Press style discussion.



The primary setup.



This is where they fire the Death Star's main gun.



Heading home - think I stop for a caramel soy macchiato (I will not sleep for 3 days but at least I'll get home in one piece).



Passing through the region of my ancestry.



Yep, getting sleepy. If I turn off the heat the cold should keep me awake. Oh wait, I just consumed high octane java.



Ok, this point and shoot camera is showing its limitations.

Well, that's it. Tomorrow back in the office for a variety of production management activities including some scripting for the upcoming studio shoots. The visit gave me a host of creative ideas which I was able to discuss with the crew and the talent.

Thanks for reading.

Mike Cohen


Posted by: Mike Cohen on Jan 9, 2012 at 4:52:32 pm pre-production, studio



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