IU Essence, is a diverse dance team that has been on campus for many years. They have grown and have been present a lot on campus performing at many events like IUDM and the Divine nine step shows. They are very entertaining to watch and that you cannot take your eyes off of them!
The Ken and Audrey Beckley Studio door, located in the Indiana University Media School, is open for all the talent to get ready for show time. The Beckley’s donated the studio just a few years ago because of their love for IU.
Lauren Becker and Lindsey Jackson are speaking at the pitch meeting for IUSTV that happens every Tuesday before taping. Jackson is a new member of IUSTV and is looking for assistance on her story.
The IUSTV technical crew is getting set for Hoosier News Source in the Beckley Studio. Head technical director, Christian Luna, gives out directions to his crew.
Kenzi Young, a junior within the media school, is getting miked up by audio before Hoosier News Source starts taping. While positioning the microphone in the Beckley Studio, it is important to make sure it is set correctly because it can depict how the show goes.
The head of camera controls gets the cameras set to frame in the Beckley Studio. Not only does she have to make sure they are in frame, but she also has to be in perfect focus.
The head of audio is set making mike checks in the Beckley Studio. She is setting the levels so that the levels stay in between 9 and 12.
Christian Luna, lead technical producer for IUSTV, is making sure the show is set on rundown creator. In the Beckley Studio he sits behind the panel with the most buttons to cue effects and camera angles.
Sofia Grimsgard, floor director for Hoosier News Source, is giving the anchors the cue to start speaking. Grimsgard is also the one who says the countdown to the anchors right before the show starts in the Beckley Studio.
Kendall Yandosky, a Hoosier News Source anchor, reports on the issue of sexual assault on campus. Yandosky has the rundown script infront of her in the Beckley Studio to make sure she does not lose her place.
Kendall Yandosky, a Hoosier News Source anchor, and Kenny, an advisor for IUSTV, converses over how the show went. In the Beckley Studio, Kenny gives Yandosky advice on how to improve for the next time she anchors.
Alexandria Eady, a What’s Up Weekly host, enters the Beckley Studio to get set for the show. Eady is also an executive producer for the show where she edits and contributes ideas to make the show better.
Caroline Hitchcock, a What’s Up Weekly fashion reporter, stands with her two guest in the Beckley Studio. Her segment is about how to style different jean jackets in the fall.
Imagine having to produce two shows in less than two hours every Tuesday night. Could you do it? Indiana University Student Television (IUSTV) members are always up for the challenge. Starting with a pitch meeting at 5:30 p.m., Lauren Becker, IUSTV’s senior producer, heads the meeting with new announcements and comments on how to make the upcoming show better than the last. Be ready to pitch a story or pick up one because Lauren definitely expects everyone to partake in a show every week. Lauren explains, “We are like a family here at IUSTV. We think of a pitch meeting to be like dividing up chores to do around the house. If someone comes to a meeting every week and does not pick up anything, then they are not helping out the family.”
There are people who are in front of the camera and then there are those who are behind the scenes. Those people are known as the tech crew. The tech crew not only runs the teleprompter to the speed of how the anchor’s speaks, but they also insert graphics when prompted to, adjusts the sound so that the microphones are not too loud, and makes sure the cameras are in focus and in perfect frame. Christian Luna, senior technical producer, is not only in charge of his crew doing their jobs correctly, but editing both shows in a two-day span. As a returning junior member of IUSTV, Luna expects big things to happen with the show when it comes to the technical side of things.
Hoosier News Source (HNS) and What’s Up Weekly (WUW) are the two shows that are shot. HNS focuses more on hard-hitting news that goes on around Bloomington and on campus, while WUW focuses on all things entertainment and fashion. These two shows are broadcasted on campus cable and on YouTube.
Six o’clock rolls around and it is show time. HNS anchor’s get into their seats where they are miked up by audio. Sound check follows after the cameras are put into frame. Last minute advice is given by Becker to calm down the anchors before they go on air. “Even if you mess up, just keep chugging through,” Becker says. Since they only have two hours to pull through with a 15-minute show, there is only a small room for mess-ups.
Good nerves are flowing through the control room and studio. They hear, “We are live in 3…2…1…” No turning back now, it is show time!