Students from Middlesex’s TV Production courses always conclude the academic year with a big TV extravaganza – a live television show called RAW TV.
The music and chat show is similar in style to "Later with Jools Holland" and the acts include undergraduate students from Middlesex’s music and performing arts courses.
The TV department undertakes the big summer project every year to give their students the opportunity to be involved in the production of a professional broadcast show.
“It's always good to do something every year that pushes the students and our facilities to a higher level. That's why we came up with the idea of RAW TV,” says Barry Cooper, Middlesex’s TV Studio Manager.
“The production value of the show is very high. The students don’t normally do anything on this scale within their studies, so it's a good insight into how a show like this is produced. It also gives us the opportunity to really test the facilities and look at ways to continually improve them,” he says.
The technical staff in the TV department direct and produce the show. The crew includes academic staff, graduates and industry professionals and the students gain invaluable experience by working with them in a live broadcast environment.
TV Production Technical Arts student Kobena Dade, who operated one of the two lighting desks on the show, says students are always eager to work on the project, which has taken on a legendary status in the last few years. “The show is bigger than anything else we do in our course, so it’s really good experience.”
Third year student Mahul Visram, also from TV Production Technical Arts and Lighting Director on the show, says this year’s production has been more ambitious compared to previous years. “Now that we’ve moved to the new facilities, we’ve been able to do more with the show. We’re using two studios simultaneously, working amongst a much bigger crew and using state-of-the-art technology.”
A crew of around 50 is needed to produce the 30-minute show, which this year was presented by Julia Hardy and featured up-and-coming band The IC1’s.
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