My team and I are filming a talk show for YouTube and other online video sharing platforms. The concept behind the show is to discuss current social and cultural issues in a fun & entertaining way.
We will be having 4 contestants on the sow per episode (including the host). It was suggested to us that the best way to record audio was to mic everyone up to lavs.
We will NOT be filming the show in front of a live audience.
We would like the total length of the final product to be between 16-22 minutes.
In regards to the editing:
• We will be using 5 different cameras. One for each contestant’s face (4 in total)). And the final camera will be a wide angle capturing the whole set. We would like the editor to use best judgment to for when switch to a contestant’s face for a close up (although we will definitely communicate with you on this for some parts)
• We would like background music (e.g. 1:20 - [url removed, login to view]) when specific characters deliver their monologues. This will help add emphasis to those parts.. Can you suggest what music might fit? And whether it is royalty free? What’s the process for this to make sure YouTube doesn’t ban our video in regards to the background music? We will provide you with the script with marks onit for where to start/stop the background music.
• Finally, we would like the show to have a laughing track. E.g. [url removed, login to view]
o We would like standard crowd noises such as - “Aww”, “Wooo”, “Ooooooh”, “Long laugh” “short laugh” “clapping” and “cheering”.
o In addition we would also like custom noises - as if someone from the crowd were shouting at them e.g. “word”, “respect”, “his bank account” etc.. Will you be able to get these reactions? If not, what's the best way to do these?
• We would like the lengths & volume of the crowd noises to fluctuate depending on the actor’s pause.
o In your expert opinion can you advise us on the best way to account for the laughing track while we’re doing the live filming?
♣ Should we have 3-4 (or more?) people on the set actually making the noises? Is that something you can remove on edit?
♣ Or Should we hold a board/ banner whenever there is a crowd reaction on the script so the actor can see it while they are delivering their lines?
♣ Or would you recommend that the actors just proceed with their natural pauses and the crowd reactions to solely be mixed in post.
• Also is it completely legal for us to use a standard laughing track? Do we have to buy them? What’s the process for this? – My team and I want to avoid getting in any trouble with YouTube.
If the price and quality of this editing work is right for my team & I – this could turn into an ongoing project with 12+ videos a year (as we plan on filming 1 talk show per month).
I look forward to hearing from you.