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HOW TO PRODUCE A SHOW

Things you will need to think about before producing your own show:

1) What the topic of the show will be:
Many people decide to produce a show because of their outside interests or hobbies. It is always good to think it through beforehand what you want your show to be known for (a "mission statement") and try and stick to that mission statement throughout productions. For example, people who begin watching your show because it focuses on the art of painting will be a bit confused if the next time they watch you are talking about cooking lasagna. Keep the show moving, and make it informative and entertaining for your audience. Above all, though, enjoy yourself... It's not every day you get to star in your own television show!

2) Coming up with a name for the show:
The naming of your show is important because it can say what the show is about in a way that is catchy, and that people can remember. Think about a few of your favorite shows, and how their names caught your attention.

3) Whether you will have segments in your show:
Producing a news magazine show can sometimes make it easier in production in the sense that you can edit shorter segments seperately, and then piece them together. It also gives you a chance to have some variety in your show; for example, if you have multiple interests you can divide your show up into segments. In one segment you could cover a specific topic, and in another segment you could cover something entirely different.

Your other option is to produce a show with one continuous segment from beginning to end; this is the case with most talk shows. Your guests will come into the studio to sit down and discuss the specific topic of the episode. This type of show can also include segments where you cut away to an interview in the field and then return back to the studio shot to discuss it with your guest.

4) What you would like the studio background to look like (if in-studio):
Here at Access Nashua we have painted the walls a "chroma green" (a green color used by television studios that most people don’t have in their clothes) so that we can replace the wall background with just about any photo scene you'd like. For example, if you wanted to interview someone in the studio, but make it look like you were at the beach, this could be done here. Replacing the background with images also allows us to have an unlimited number of backgrounds available so that each show or series can have its own look, distinguishing it from other shows. This gives your show its own identity.

5) Whether you should have a co-host or not:
To have a co-host or not. This is something that must be thought out, as there are pros and cons to both options. Having a good co-host means having someone who has the same mindset as you as to what the show is all about, and where it should be going. A good co-host is also someone you can work well with, and who will divide up some of the responsibilities so you aren't on the hook for everything on your own. For example, one host can be responsible for one segment, and the other host can responsible for a different segment. Shared hosting is also good when a guest fails to show up and you are ready to do a show; you still have someone in the studio you can banter back and forth with to replace the time you would have spent with the guest.

Now with that being said, you do not have to have a co-host. For you it may work better to be the only host and just take care of it all yourself.

6) Who will you have on your show as guests:
Figuring out who to have on your show can be pretty simple; in many cases it's just a matter of asking people. No matter what subject you are doing for your show there are people out there who are more than happy to talk about it. Look to business people, organizations, clubs, schools, or just about anyone on the street or in the community. You know your subject matter so you will know who also knows it; then you just have to ask them. We make it very comfortable here at Access Nashua for people to come in and sit down to do a show.

7) Whether you will need to have field footage:
Field footage is good if you have some, or can find someone who has footage that goes along with your subject matter. Having this kind of footage allows you to cut away from the in-studio segment and keep the viewer entertained, while you take a break and go over with your guest how the show is progressing. Then you come back from the footage and discuss it.

Another type of field footage is where a sponsor/underwriter (explained later on in this page) provides you with graphics that you can show, which mention them as the underwriters of your show. Or you can have us insert Public Service Announcements (PSAs) during your break that will be of service to your viewers (our version of a commercial).

8) What kind of graphics to have for your "lower thirds":
We will work with you to design some graphics for your show that are called "lower thirds." These are the graphics that run along the bottom of the screen during the show, and tell the viewer who a person is and maybe what their title is, including contact info or a website address. This allows you to have specific graphics that would only be used on your show, giving you another opportunity to brand your show identity.

9) Making a 30 second to 1 minute show opening:
A good show opening, like a good name, is very important because it is one of the first things the viewer will see of your show. You can either grab or lose their interest right at the beginning. Try watching various show openings on network television that you like, and see what appeals to you for an opening. Make some notes and then bring them in to us; we’ll work with you to create your own show opening.

10) Getting Sponsors/Underwriters:
Access Nashua’s Policies and Procedures allow for producers to go out and get sponsors/underwriters in order to help support the costs of producing their show. This money does not go to Access Nashua (unless of course you wish to donate it to the Friends of Access Nashua or FANs as we like to call them), but may help cover your costs. For example, in producing a cooking show you need to have the ingredients for each recipe you wish to show the viewer, plus a finished product already done and ready. Or you may want to have certain chairs for your show. You can solicit money (ex: to pay for ingredients), or in kind donations (ex: two chairs for your show).

All in all, producing a show can be as easy, or as difficult, as you want it to be. The more you put into it, the better the quality.

So, give us a call here at Access Nashua at 589-3141, or email us at accessnashua@gmail.com and setup a time to come in and meet with Dick Gagnon or Andrew White to go over your show ideas.

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