BE­HIND THE CAM­ERAS

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cam­era, ac­tion” … we’ve all heard the term be­fore. It’s as old as show busi­ness it­self. But as this TV- lov­ing couch potato re­cently learned it’s not 100 per cent ac­cu­rate. Some­thing along the lines of “re­search, in­ter­views, hair, makeup, scripts, edit­ing, lights, cam­era, ac­tion” would be more on point.

Af­ter years of watch­ing TV on a screen, last week I was lucky enough to be in­vited to Fox­tel’s Townsville Tour. The event trans­formed our civic the­atre into a makeshift TV stu­dio for some of Fox­tel’s top- rat­ing TV shows. We’re talk­ing Sky News’s Paul Mur­ray Live and Fox League pro­grams League Life and Queens­lan­ders Only. Shows that are a big deal. Filmed right here in Townsville. See­ing be­hind the scenes like this was pretty cool stuff.

The amount of work that goes into some­thing we all so ca­su­ally watch in our lounge rooms is stag­ger­ing.

But the most amaz­ing thing about be­ing part of be­ing in a live stu­dio au­di­ence was watch­ing the ac­tual pro­gram pre­sen­ters them­selves. With­out the help of an au­tocue and with hun­dreds of eyes watch­ing ( thou­sands if you count the view­ers at home) th­ese peo­ple had the abil­ity to per­form. To ac­tu­ally look down the bar­rel of a tele­vi­sion cam­era, talk and some­how make sense. What an ex­tra­or­di­nary skill that is. I take my hat off to them.

Maybe next time Karl Ste­fanovic says some­thing a lit­tle off colour on The To­day Show we should spare a thought for the hu­man who’s been up since 3am spend­ing his morn­ing in the spot­light. Love ya Kar­los!

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