This spring, Oakcliff is beginning a TV news broadcast. We are holding tryouts for on-screen and behind the sceens talent. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime...
On-screen Talent Tryouts
On screen talent is the news people viewers see on the screen. They are newscasters sitting at desks, the weather person standing at a map, and the reporters standing "in the field." Students well qualified to be On-Air talent for Oakcliff News will be confident in front of the camera, well-spoken, able to read scripts, and have the flexibility to interact with other on-air talent and conduct interviews with a variety of people. Tryouts for these positions will still require a Screen-Test.
Behind-the-Sceens Talent Tryouts
These are script writers, graphic designers, camera operators, sound producers, and equipment operators. If you are interested in making TV shows possible, but dont want to be on camera, research these jobs. Tryouts for these positions will still require a Screen-Test.
A Screen-Test is a short performance infront of a camera that is recording. It gives everyone a feel for how a person looks, moves, sounds, and handles themselves from the audience's perspective. Screen tests require the student to do the following:
- Write introduction and welcome for yourself.
- Deliver it, in front of a camera that is recoding you. Any camera will do. For example, "Good morning. Thanks for joining us. I'm [your name], the Tuesday anchor for Oakcliff TV News."
- Transition to a "lead-in"to a fake story. This is where you, the news anchor, introduce the upcoming story. For example, "We will begin todays news with the lunch choices. The cafe will be serving chicken tacos, or corn dogs, fruit, or grab-n-go grilled chicken salads.
- Pause looking at the camera until the camera operator signals the video has stopped recording video and sound.
In the mean-time...
Feel free to practice at home, until we open the window for try-outs. If you have a camera, or an ipad, practice operating the camera and being on-air talent. Watch professional news people. Look for things like how they hold themselves, sitting up straight, looking directly at the camera, watch their eyes, facial expressions, body movements. Listen to how they open segments, intro or hand-off to field talent.